Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

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    • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

      RTX '16 QUESTIONS & HELP (ASK QUESTIONS HERE!)

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      Have a question about RTX 2016? Ask it here!

      Your question may have already been answered in a previous post in this thread. Please read the previous posts before asking your question.


      Note: Some of the answers may be based on previous RTXs and might be different this year. We'll do our best to differentiate between RTX'16 confirmed answers and past answers.

      19 replies

    • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

      Week 5: Let's Talk About Fallout 4 [Spoilers Ahead]

      1 week ago

      I recently completed one very in depth play through of Fallout 4 (getting all achievements possible except 3, which requires a different ending). Fallout games aren't typically known for extremely compelling main story lines, but I truly struggled with choosing which ending I wanted. It was so difficult that I went ahead and did every other quest I could, got every bobblehead, and even built a basketball court in my settlement, just trying to kick that story line can down the road.



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      Seriously, I'd rather build a basketball court than have to choose between the different factions.



      To help you understand my predicament, my first play through of any Bethesda game (e.g. Elder Scrolls or Fallout) is always the same: I like to play a stealth character (generally, I like to survey a situation first and then solve it with surgical precision. Getting SPECIAL and companion perks to get a 6+ sneak attack multiplier helps a lot too). Also, I like to make 2 or 3 statements that becomes my character's MO. Since the stories don't tend to be super deep, the self-imposed MO adds a layer of player driven story which helps me connect with the game. For my play through my character's MO was:


      1. Do whatever it takes to find Shaun
      2. Help humanity rebuild (support settlements) and be a good guy
      3. The male Sole Survivor has a military background.


      So I set off into the Commonwealth (after spending about an hour designing my character). I went through the first arc of the story without much trouble. I met the Brotherhood and thought that "Gee, these guys seem like an organized army. I can relate to that. I don't know how I feel about them hoarding tech that could help the people rebuild though." Then I met the Railroad. Help end discrimination? Fight against an evil Institute that kills and kidnaps people and was likely responsible for taking my son? Dead drops, and covert operations? Sign me up! Seemed like a natural fit for my stealth character. It didn't hurt that Deacon is probably the best written companion as well.


      Things were going well with throwing my support behind the Railroad. Finally, I'd be able to get into the Institute, and they wanted me to essentially play a double agent against the Institute. Neat! Then I teleported to the Institute and everything changed. It turns out that my character's son is leading the Institute. Not only that, but all the advanced technology and lifestyle would have felt like the world my character left before the bombs dropped. The more time I spent with the Institute and realized that my character would be able to lead them that I began to struggle.


      As I struggled, I tried to think which faction would satisfy my MO as best as possible, specially creating a better world in the Commonwealth.


      The Minutemen: They can continue to exist no matter who I pick, so I get them plus one other faction.


      The Brotherhood of Steel: Want to exterminate Feral Ghouls and Super Mutants (that's definitely a positive for the Commonwealth). They want to horde tech that could help humanity thrive and have no qualms about "requisitioning" food from settlers (that's hard to abide). My character won't be able to lead them if I finish the game with them.


      The Institute: Don't necessarily have the best track record for being benevolent. Their advancements in agriculture and other technologies, if shared would reshape the Commonwealth for the better. If I side with them, I get to be the director and, theoretically, could change their policies to help the Commonwealth.


      The Railroad: Solely focused on helping synths. While noble, if they destroy the Institute, there won't be any more synths to save. Once all the synths off and away, what next? How does helping maybe a 100 synths do to benefit the world? It certainly benefits the synths but the rest of the Commonwealth don't have the Brotherhood to kill Super Mutants and Ferals or the Institute's superior technology.


      My mind was made up, the Institute had the best ending in terms of bettering the Commonwealth. However, my heart was with the Railroad. These were the people who I connected to emotionally and knowing what had to be done didn't make the choice any easier. Destroying the Brotherhood came first. It didn't help that I used the Railroad option to do it (I wanted the achievement). Then the orders came in: eliminate the Railroad.


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      I made my way to the Old North Church, and as a stealth character with the maximum possible sneak attack multiplier, I made it quick. Deacon was the hardest moment. My favorite companion. I was the last thing he never saw.


      Enough of the heavy stuff. While this game gave me a lot of soul searching for a decision, I got one of my proudest achievements: Benevolent Fucking Leader. That damn achievement took so damn long and there thousands of different strategies people used that seemed to contradict each other. Here's how I did mine:


      • Don't use Sanctuary Hills. I used Red Rocket Station outside of Sanctuary.
      • Don't send any companions there.
      • I had 11 settlers there (3 on farming, 8 on level 3 Clothing, Bar, and Medical stores)
      • Scrap just about everything to make room for decorations.
      • Despite what MANY guides said, me being around had 0 affect. Happiness kept increasing even while I wasn't there.
      • Not everything needed to be decor; I built a wall around the settlement and turrets galore.
      • Keep an extra bed for yourself.

      TA DA:

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      So who did side with in Fallout 4? What's your playstyle? Where did you get Benevolent Leader and how? Let me know below (especially you @kriss)!


      -James

    • Kaoru27Umi asked Desayjin a question

      Between Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh, which city will always be worse than Philadelphia?

      Answered: Feb 3, 2016

      After our founding fathers fought for the independence of our country, they had a choice as to where they located the new capital. Instead of Philadelphia, they thought a swamp devoid of all human life would be a better place to put our nation's capital.

      Still, I'd take any place in PA (even Philly) than Jersey or Cleveland.

    • Cinomari asked Desayjin a question

      Question for ask an econ human- What do you suggest for college students looking to get a student loan? What is an ideal interest rate?

      Answered: Feb 3, 2016

      Good question! First, make sure that your college or university doesn't offer scholarships that you qualify for. Many of them are merit based but also on ability to pay (in that if you don't borrow from the Bank of Mom and Dad, they'll generally give you more of discount). Once you have a better idea of how much you'll owe after that, definitely try through the government first. They typically have the best interest rates. Interest rates are slowly on the rise. If you can get under 4%, that'd be awesome, but it may have to be < 5%. Shop around different places, see what their terms are, especially if there's a grace period after graduation (which there should be).


      Good luck!

    • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

      Ask an Economist #16: Podcasts, Their Views, And What the People Want

      2 weeks ago

      Welcome back! In the early days of Ask an Economist, I had performed an analysis to determine who was the most popular Achievement Hunter based on video views. Now that we’re in the second season, I thought I’d take that analysis to the next level: podcasts. Rooster Teeth has quite a few podcasts under their umbrella: RT Podcast, The Patch, Dude Soup, Sportsball, and Off Topic. With all those podcasts and the different talent that regularly appear, who individually contributes the most views to any podcast.


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      The method to achieve this is similar to the previous installment: lots of manual data collection and a regression analysis to determine the marginal contribution each staff member brings to the total view count of the podcasts. Concerning the data, since RT still won’t share their site and video data with me, I had to go to YouTube to gather the data. I collected information on total views, when the video was released on YouTube, which podcast the video was from, and who was on the podcast (technical note: each staff member had their own column; they’d get a 1 if they were in the podcast and a 0 if they weren’t. In technical terms, it’s a binary variable). The podcasts I collected data on spanned from August 1, 2015 through January 23, 2016 (n = 104 podcasts).


      As expected, just like the Cincinnati Bengals choking in the playoffs, there are a few assumptions and clarifications that need to be made with this kind of analysis.

      • Since I couldn’t access RT site or iTunes data, the analysis is solely predicated on YouTube views. Any conclusions made are based solely on how the YouTube community consumes RT content.
      • Over 104 podcasts, 31 different people have been on podcasts in that time period. Given the relatively small n, I’d have to condense the number of variables (staff) in the model. In light of that, anyone who was on 3 or fewer times (or if you’re @Steffie, 0 times) were lumped into a variable called “Other.”


      We have our data, our model is locked in, so who individually contributes the most views to any podcast?


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      MICHAEL!


      Not only is it @Michael, but it is Michael by a wide margin. Here are the results:


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      While Michael is sitting pretty on the top, the same can’t be said for Ryan and Joel Rueben. When they’ve appeared in podcasts, the number of views has actually decreased. While that doesn’t sound good for them, there might be a possible explanation, which I go into detail below, for why their estimates appear that way.


      The model appeared to do surprisingly well: Adjusted R-square of 0.94 and a model F-static of 69.21 (p-value <0.0001). Unfortunately, the model has quite a bit of multicollinearity affecting it. The dead giveaway is the ridiculously high R-square. To confirm it, I looked at the correlations between the staff and a lot of them were quite high (r > |.20|). That makes sense since the podcasts have regular staff that appears with each other which would skew the results unless interaction variables are used. However, since my sample only included 104 podcasts and there are 253 first order interactions (with just two people), I would violate that time honored tradition of having fewer variables than observations. That number will exponentially rise if I have interactions between 4 people, which means I need a hell of a lot more data to do this properly.


      Until then, we’ll let Michael have his symbolic crown!


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    • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

      Week 4: A Change of Plans

      2 weeks ago

      Good morning everyone!


      This week, I wanted to talk in depth about Fallout 4. I finally "finished" my first playthrough in that I accomplished everyone quest I wanted, maximized my companions' affinity, found every bobblehead, and got that pain-in-the-ass Benevolent Leader achievement (seriously, that achievement suuuucked). However, I'm going to table that discussion for next week because my good friend @FLYbarger, became a father in the wee hours of the morning today!


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      Mother and baby are doing well and father needs some sleep, but from what we've heard, everyone is good.


      While this is a huge and life changing moment for them, I've seen a cool and fascinating trend within our little community here. Fly has been a long time contributor to the Oxford Comma Cafe (where I first "met" him). Over the years, everyone there has formed a strong bond though most of us have never met in person. For those of us who did finally meet in person, we were all glad we turned out not to be serial killers (right @priest81 ?). After all the yeas of knowing him, Priest and I finally got to met him and his lovely wife in Memphis and it was like we've known each other forever.


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      Fast forward to the present. Fly let us know the Mrs went into labor. While it may be the trend to keep everyone updated on Facebook or Twitter or [insert name of social media here], he didn't but he made sure to update his internet family on the Oxford Comma Cafe. When the news came in, we all felt like aunts and uncles to a child from a family that many of us have never met in person but know so well.


      That's really the magic of the community. We all joined for the love of Rooster Teeth, but I can safely say that what keeps us around is much much more than their products, videos, and personalities.


      Join me in wishing Fly and his family the best on their bundle of joy and new chapter in their lives!


      -James

    • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

      Week 3: Guardianship to the 4th!

      3 weeks ago

      Good morning everyone!


      As guardianship news has been making its rounds on the site, I am all too happy to make to add to this wave: I'll be taking my talents to Austin again this summer. After being a guardian for 3 years, it's never a "for sure" thing to get accepted again, so it's still extremely thrilling to get that email from Mary.


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      One of the most rewarding aspects of being a guardian is working with such an amazing group of community members. With each year though, some past guardians can't make it back, which is always sad, but I'm glad to see the new generation of guardians setting up especially from those who were nervous but still put themselves out there.


      Now we'll prepare and eventually descend on Austin en masse.


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      In other news, meteorologists are calling for Nashville's first snowfall of the season tomorrow. It's probably going to be only an inch, but naturally, these southerners freak out and schools will likely be closed tomorrow. Naturally, everyone will race to the grocery store today so that they can make their milk and egg sandwiches. If you're looking for me, I'll be at the house with a clean driveway with salt laid.


      I hope everyone has a great week!


      -James


    • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

      Week 2: My 7th Year In the RT Community

      4 weeks ago

      Good morning everyone!


      Today marks the 7th year I've officially been apart of the RT community. It's been a crazy ride from the humble beginnings of a small company of friends to a full production studio that is releasing a feature film soon. I've met incredible people and many of those people have become amazing friends. Over 7 years, I've seen my friends grow, start families, and advance their careers (some of which at Rooster Teeth). How time flies.


      I don't want this journal to be one that longs for the good old days of RT. I think we're in a golden age of RT: many of the long time community members are still apart of the community; the community is growing by leaps and bounds which breathes some new life into the community as a whole; RTX is not only a great way to bring the community together, but they're expanding it overseas; there's content coming out the wazoo everyday; RT is recruiting the best and brightest to create even more content. Having said that, I thought it'd be fun to look back and see what wasn't around yet (or just started) when I joined the community back in January 2009.


      • RT Shorts first aired on April 28, 2009, but didn't become a regular series until June of that year
      • There were no regular RT podcasts yet (April 10, 2009).
      • The first episode of Achievement HORSE first aired on December 10th, 2010 (FYI: AH was just Geoff and Jack. AH as we know it today didn't start until 2011).
      • Captain Dynamic was made some time in 2009.
      • There wasn't a @Barbara yet, but there was this Canadian community member who organized meet ups by the name of Blawndee. I think she got trampled by a moose.
      • You didn't yell "First!" on videos, you yelled " @hobbie ", because that's just how we did it.

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      I'm not just waxing nostalgia, but demonstrating the context by which this community means to me. It's hard to imagine (and remember) a time when RT wasn't putting out hours and hours and hours of content every week. Around the time I joined, if it was during the RvB season, we'd have a 5-15 minute RvB video, 3 RT comics, a random video or two, and some Achievement Guides. All in all, maybe an hour's worth of content a week. While we waited for new content, there was the community. These strange group of people who also loved this content as much as you. We'd fill those gaps by discussing the content that was out there, getting to know one another, and forming the first geographic community groups. Now here we are today with all the content we can possibly consume and the community is there growing along with it.


      I can't wait to see what the next couple of years bring for all of us!


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      -James

    • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

      Ask an Economist #15: The Most Efficient Way to Lose Weight: Buff Buddies Edition

      1 month ago

      Welcome back to an all new season of Ask an Economist! After a bit of a break, I’ve stocked up on a healthy amount of ideas to tackle for the coming season. Even with those ideas, I’m always on the lookout for more of them. Feel free to leave ideas in the comment section below, on the AaE group, Twitter, smoke signal, carrier pigeon, a brick through @Steffie 's window, or Morse code with those green laser pointers the FAA hates you for.


      What better a way to kick off a new season than with some fun (fun is a relative term) mathematical applications on a current Rooster Teeth series. It seems fitting that I do another installment featuring a series by Josh Flanagan (the first being the exquisite masterpiece of “who-done-it” serials known as 10 Little Roosters). This time, we’ll be focusing on Buff Buddies, specifically around weight loss.


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      I work for a health and well-being improvement company and one of the chief requests of our clients is how to lose weight with minimal amount of time invested. Some people attempt to accomplish weight loss through diet only. Others prefer hitting the gym, while some do a combination of both. With the two extremes and an infinite number of possibilities in between, I’ll set out to answer:


      What’s the most efficient balance of diet and exercise to lose weight quickly?

      A quick Google search of the questions yields a repeated answer: 80% diet, 20% exercise. Frankly, it seems like a mis-attribution of Pareto’s Principle and none of those sites back up their advice with any hard evidence. Time to put it to test!


      First, we need to set parameters around the question. We’ll assume we’re dealing with an average American man and woman (the genders are deliberately separated) and they have a goal of losing a pound a week. They may go about cutting back calories or exercising more to burn calories, but how many net calories equals a pound lost? About 3,500 calories per pound according to the Mayo Clinic. That means our Joe and Jane America will have to offset about 500 calories every day to meet their goal of losing a pound a week. The suggested caloric intake for mild to moderately active people is 2,100 calories per day, while your body will normally burn 1,620 without any working out according to Health Status.


      Second, we need information on exercise, and time spent cooking and eating. Fortunately, there’s a wonderful paper published by the USDA that calculates just that. Through surveys, the authors find that the average American spends 116 minutes a day eating and 66 minutes day preparing a meal (and shopping for the food). That means, that we spend 3 hours a day travelling to the grocery store, shopping, going to a restaurant, preparing meals, and/or eating meals. Based on our recommended 2,100 calories per day, we should be eating 690 calories per hour.


      Figuring out calories burnt while exercising requires a few assumptions before going forward. One, we’ll assume that Joe and Jane America spend 100% of their exercise time performing the most efficient exercise: running. Also, we’ll assume that they have the average American weight for their gender: 195.5lbs for men and 166.2lbs for women. This is necessary since calories burnt is a function of weight. Assuming that they run for 30 minutes at 6 mph (I mean that sounds reasonable, right?), Joe will burn 455 calories (or 910 an hour) while Jane burns 387 calories (or 774 an hour).


      Now for the fun part. We need to take all this data and turn them into equations. First, we’ll set up equations assuming that Joe and Jane only exercise to get their net 3,500 calories, then only diet for the same value. We know that Joe burns 910 calories an hour running, and that his body will naturally burn 1620. This gives us the following equation:


      910*Exercise-Time + 1620 = 3500 (1)

      910*Exercise-Time – 1880 = 0 (1.1)

      And for Jane:


      774*Exercise-Time + 1620 = 3500 (1’)

      774*Exercise-Time – 1880 = 0 (1.1’)

      Now for our 100% diet equation, we’ll need to make one more assumption. To ensure that Joe and Jane get the essential nutrients they need, we’ll assume that they eat healthier foods, but still take as long to eat them (vegetables take a while to chew). That means that they’ll still spend 116 minutes a day eating, but since they’re making healthier dishes, the prep time increases. I’ll assume since they need to go from 2,100 calories to 1,620 (29.6%) that the prep time increases by that same percentage. That increases prep time from 66 minutes to 85.6 minutes for a total of 3.4 hours a day. With a new caloric target of 1,620, that equates to 481 calories an hour which gives us the equation:


      481*Eating-Time = 1620 (2)

      481*Eating-Time – 1620 = 0 (2.1)

      But since we still have to compare it to where they used to eat, we need the following equation:


      690*Eating-Time = 2100 (3)

      690*Eating-Time – 2100 = 0 (3.1)

      We’re able to set (2.1) and (3.1) equal to each other because they both equal 0. The leaves us with this equation:


      481*Eating-Time – 1620 = 690*Eating-Time – 2100 or

      209*Eating-Time – 480 = 0 (4)

      From here, we need to figure out which is the best way to allocate time to burn 500 calories a day. We can do that by combining (1.1) and (4):


      209*Eating-Time – 480 + 910*Exercise-Time – 1880 = 500 calories per day (5)

      Or

      Exercise-Time = (2860 – 209*Eating-Time) / 910 (6)

      We’ll substitute (6) into (1):


      2860 – 209*Eating-Time + 1620 = 3500 calories per week

      980 = 209*Eating-Time

      Eating-Time = 4.682 hours per week (eating/prepping healthier food)


      We can substitute that 4.682 back into (6) for:


      Exercise-Time = (2860 – 209*(4.682 hours per week)) / 910

      Exercise-Time = 2.066 hours per week


      At last we arrive at our answer! Joe and Jane should spend 4.7 hours a week (or 40 minutes a day) preparing healthier food, while Joe should spend 2.1 hours a week (or 18 minutes a day) running. That works out to (see what I did there :p) 69% of Joe’s time spent dieting and 31% exercising. Jane should run for 2.4 hours a week (or 21 minutes a day) to achieve her goal of losing a pound a week. Jane should be spending 66% of her time dieting and 34% of her time exercising.


      All in all, the data show that an individual is best off being somewhere between the 80-20 rule and splitting their time 50-50 between diet and exercise. Either way, you should be favoring the diet more than exercise. These results are particularly enlightening as I know many people (myself once included) believing that their current diet didn’t need much adjustment as long as they exercised more. As it turns out, abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym!

  • Comments (149)

    • CiQuat V2 Super Team!

      1 week ago

      Thanks for the helpful spam flags!

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 week ago

        No problemo! Happy to help. I used to hunt them down back on the old site as well before we had those fancy flag buttons. /End old man rant.

    • gi_goku Anime Fan

      1 month ago

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      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 month ago

        That's awesome!

    • gi_goku Anime Fan

      2 months ago

      I thought that you would get a kick out of this:

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    • BricBrac Eagle Scout and Explorer

      3 months ago

      Happy FU Day!

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        3 months ago

        Thank you sir!

    • Audrey Spread The Love!

      5 months ago

      I'm running statistics on my novel.

      I instantly thought of you. :)

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        5 months ago

        All the more evidence that our RTX panel was the most informative! (@Audrey ; tagging you because notifications don't work on comments ... yet).

    • Kiwi OCC Time Lord

      5 months ago

      "You do not have sufficient permissions" to view that comment you just left with me in it. Where was it and what did you say? And in case you don't get the notification for this personal comment: @Desayjin

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        5 months ago

        @Kiwi it was on NaomiC's College journal. I was just saying that your advice was spot on. Funny, I got the same issue when you tagged me here. I went to her journal first, and then here second. Oh silly website ... :(

      • Kiwi OCC Time Lord

        5 months ago

        @Desayjin We're going to start playing "find the post" tag! Another comment you just left on something didn't make it through. I'm just going to assume it was the reply to this comment, and the other notification was because you tagged me. This is important information to have for the future...

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        5 months ago

        Yep it's hella annoying. I'd tag Adam so that he could see what we're saying .... but ....

      • Kiwi OCC Time Lord

        5 months ago

        I can't decide between +1 Funny and +1 Ditto!

    • Radius55 Site Admin

      5 months ago

      You mentioned me with the XKCD comic and I have no idea where. But, yeah, it was a good one.

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        5 months ago

        It was in the OCC. Funny, I don't get notifications for personal comments. Oye! (@Radius55 just in case you don't get the reply notification)

    • DLGR TheTallLoud1

      5 months ago

      LOL Anne (artduck) made a journal about you and mentioned "Matt's PA"....just giving credit where credit was due, bb! :D!

    • gi_goku Anime Fan

      6 months ago

      Hey, I tried to make it to your panel this past weekend at RTX but due to being in line for another panel. I hope I can go to RTX next year

    • shadytay

      6 months ago

      Hey man, it's Taylor from the RT:TN group. Just wanted to say that I hope to see you at RTX! If I see you I'll be sure to give you a wave or a highfive or something!

    • free2achieve OhBabyATriple

      9 months ago

      Hi there! Idk if you remember but I was part of that RTX group that you had to help lead out during the whole bomb scare last year from the Michael and Lindsay autograph signing and I just wanna say thanks for that smiley0.gif Got to see Michael and Lindsay and it was so awesome (also Burnie talked to us and fist bumped me so there's that too). Anyway, hope you go to RTX cause you were a great guardian!

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        9 months ago

        I certainly remember! I'm glad to you all of you got to meet Michael and Lindsay once everything calmed down! I will be at RTX again this year as a guardian again. I hope to see you there (and no more emergencies this time smiley0.gif )!

    • Raf ShimmySham Gaming

      9 months ago

      Hey man! Thanks for the add! smiley13.gif

      • Raf ShimmySham Gaming

        9 months ago

        Hahaha! Honestly, I had thought the same thing too. Eh, just means we've had good interactions on the site. smiley0.gif

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        9 months ago

        It was one of those moments where I thought "how are we not friends on the site?" I had just assumed we were already! smiley0.gif

    • Toptoast Keeper of the Breakfast

      10 months ago

      Hey, you are more awesome than a moose driving a tank into battle against a pack of wolves!

    • crofteria Keeper of Death

      10 months ago

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    • Audrey Spread The Love!

      10 months ago

      I thought this might amuse you.

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        10 months ago

        Supply and Demand at its finest! Thanks for the share! smiley0.gif

    • topham DHYB

      10 months ago

      Happy Birthday! Have a wonderful day!

    • Tillyisfat

      11 months ago

      Happy Valentine's day! You're a super rad guardian, hope to meet ya at RTX sometime! :D

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        11 months ago

        If I get asked back as a guardian, I'll look forward to meeting you RTX this year! Have a wonderful Warm and Fuzzy day!

    • Metaldragon5

      11 months ago

      Happy warm and fuzzies day, hope its been good. Miss hanging out at RTX hope to see you there.

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        11 months ago

        RTX 2015 reunion tour! Have a great Warm and Fuzzy day!

    • MrFusion

      11 months ago

      Warm and fuzzies to the resident statistician!

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        11 months ago

        Thank you sir! I'm on call 24/7; that's 24 hours a week, 7 months a year.

    • Kaoru27Umi

      11 months ago

      WARM AND FUZZIES TO YOU PERSON ON THE OTHER SIDE OF OUR STATE!
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      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        11 months ago

        I'm holding you responsible to maintain the state until my triumphant return!

    • Aoina InvScreen

      11 months ago

      HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY! You seem like a really awesome person and I'd love to get yo know ya better and maybe play games sometime? If that sounds good to you. You're awesome keep on rocking.

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        11 months ago

        No, YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY! Games sound great! My Xbox Live name is justamiddleman! Keep on being awesome!

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      11 months ago

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      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        11 months ago

        I'll make it so!

    • LadyOddDuck RTX 2016 Guardian!

      11 months ago

      Happy Valentine's Day! Thanks for your incredible Ask an Economist series. They've been fun to read even if I don't necessarily understand all the math! Thank you for also being kind and supportive!

      This comment brought to you by the Warm Fuzzies Project. Now go spread the love. smiley12.gif

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        11 months ago

        Thank you for the warm and fuzzies! I'm glad you enjoy the series!

    • Haratkins Let's Write

      11 months ago

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      Happy Warm Fuzzies James! :D

      From one of the plebs who doesn't understand how the economy actually works like you do,
      Harry

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        11 months ago

        It's probably better not to understand the dark underbelly of economics; blissful ignorance and all that. Thank's for the warm and fuzzies!

    • Audrey Spread The Love!

      11 months ago

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      You're awesome! I love shooting the shit with you, whether it's about community stuff or weddings (and you totally know you love talking about dresses). Keep on being your cool self, dude! And thanks for volunteering for The List!
      Spread the love with Warm Fuzzies of your own today!

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        11 months ago

        Thanks for the warm and fuzzies! It's fun shooting the shit with you because there seems to be a lot of shit out there that needs shooting! I love the picture too; one of my favorite RvB quotes!

    • Blutonian Tech Guardian

      1 year ago

      This is why I love math as a sports fan!

      www.slate.com/articles/sports/sports_nut/20...

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        Great article! I love it!

    • CLOWNPRINCE3

      1 year ago

      thank you I've been a huge RT fan for years, idk why it took this long to sign up for the site.

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        No problem! I think every user on the site can say they've been a fan for a while before signing up. Nothing out of the norm about that smiley8.gif .

    • topham DHYB

      1 year ago

      Thanks for your card! Have a wonderful Christmas!

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        You are most welcome! Thank you for yours as well. In all honesty, I was worried it wouldn't make it to you in time for Christmas! I'm glad it did!

        Merry Christmas and Happy New Year my friend!

    • gi_goku Anime Fan

      1 year ago

      found you on twitter

    • Blutonian Tech Guardian

      1 year ago

      I'm 99% sure I'm right on this but I'd still like verification because my co-worker has argued with me until he was blue in the face.

      This is a probability question: There are 3 doors in a hallway. Two of those doors lead to the same room. The two doors to the same room are adjacent and the middle door is locked. The probability that you will open a door that leads to the room with two doors is what?

      I want you to come to the conclusion on your own so I'll put my answer in spoiler tags and then you can tell me if we arrived at the same conclusion.

      It's a 50% chance. The choice is between the left door and the right door. He kept arguing that it was 33%. He cited an example of pulling matching socks out of a drawer where two socks were red and one sock was blue. I told him in the sock scenario he would be correct but the word problem above makes it a different scenario.

      It would only be 33% in the door scenario if you had to pick two doors before you entered any of the rooms AND the possibility existed that the middle door could be its own room.

      The probability would be 66% if you only had to pick one door that lead to the room with two doors AND the possibility existed that the middle door could be its own room.


      I'm not crazy, right? Tell me I'm not crazy!

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        The real world problem helps the word-problem make a lot more sense! I get it completely. I think that's a good example of what you were trying to go for!

      • Blutonian Tech Guardian

        1 year ago

        Well the real world scenario was a bit more complex and I was trying to simplify it while duplicating the scenario, but I think I made it more confusing with the wording.

        Essentially this was the real world problem:

        In one wing of a building, there are three rooms in a row, rooms 1, 2 & 3. A user had an iPad that worked with the system in Room 3 but not in Room 2. Between the 3 rooms there are 2 types of systems. Two of the rooms have System A and one has System B.

        He asked me if I knew off the top of my head if Rooms 2 & 3 had the same system or a different one to help eliminate the possibility of an interoperability issue.

        I knew that Room 2 had system A, but I was unsure about Room 3. I told him it was a 50% chance that the two rooms had the same system and he argued that it was 33%.

        I tried to explain that since two out of three rooms share System A, and we know one of those rooms is Room 2, the chance that Room 3 will be the other room that also has System A is 50%. There are only two possibilities, Room 1 has System A and Room 3 has System B or Room 1 has System B and Room 3 has System A, thus a 50% chance.

        That's when he brought up the sock scenario stating that if you had 3 objects and 2 of them were the same, the chance that you would blindly pick the two that were the same was 33%. Which is true, except that in the real world scenario, the first object is a given and we know it is the one that has a match.

        Sanity is overrated anyhow, as long as it doesn't cause an inability to do maths!

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        I would change the wording to explicitly state that what is the probability that the first door you can open leads to the desired room. Also, a picture might help; imagining three doors all on one side of a hallways makes it easier to visualize what's going on.

        There's a 104% chance (+/- 4%) that you're crazy smiley6.gif . Then again, I'm equally as crazy so we're in good company.

      • Blutonian Tech Guardian

        1 year ago

        I noticed you told me I'm right, but didn't tell me I'm not crazy...

        Thanks smiley8.gif

        I'm pretty sure its the wording that is confusing my co-worker. I took the problem and broke it down like you did to where it becomes a 50% choice between the left door or the right door to come to my own conclusion but for some reason I'm failing to explain it properly to him and I thought I was losing it for a bit there.

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        You're right ... sort of. The question of the probability is that you will open a door that leads to the other room. You can choose the locked door first (or know from the outset that it's locked) but then you have a 50% chance of picking the door leading to the desired room.

        Admittedly, I had to read the question multiple times to fully understand what was being asked.

        If you got to pick 2 doors, knowing that the doors leading to the desired room must be adjacent, it'll still be a 50% chance since there are only two combinations of doors that satisfy that requirement (Doors 1 & 2 or Doors 2 & 3).

    • Gorczy The Real Slim Shady

      1 year ago

      Holy Christ you type fast.

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        I'm doing what I can for the community smiley0.gif

      • Gorczy The Real Slim Shady

        1 year ago

        Well I'm definitely glad you have that position. You're definitely someone who can help us stay informed with the truth behind this matter.

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        I'll tell you the same thing as I told @LoZelda: working in a corporate environment as an economist, you need to be able to react quickly to new information and type it out. smiley8.gif

    • inxpitter Stray Thoughts

      1 year ago

      How about an analysis of how the popularity of achievement hunters offsets the hate for the new achievement hunters by examining the youtube like/dislike ratio or various mixes. for example, a video with Matt and Jeremy together, vs one where Ray is also there.

    • Zack W^_^W

      1 year ago

      Well someone sure doesn't like me. :P

      • Zack W^_^W

        1 year ago

        maaaaaaaybe.

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        Maybe someone was "fat-fingering" the mod buttons and hit the thumb down on accident. I thumbed up to counter them smiley8.gif

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        Seriously. I was wondering about that.

    • gi_goku Anime Fan

      1 year ago

      Getting you closer to having 200 friends!

      • gi_goku Anime Fan

        1 year ago

        its all good

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        Ha! Sorry man; it's still too early in the morning for me. (I still like cake more)

      • gi_goku Anime Fan

        1 year ago

        I was trying to make a math and food joke...

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        Used to be one of my favorite numbers, but then I discovered the wonders and practical applications of e. I think it's more of a bias that I'm required to use 'e' 100x more than 'pi' in my day to day work.

      • gi_goku Anime Fan

        1 year ago

        what about pi? Do you find it as amazing as cake?

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        I don't view friends as some sort of virtual currency. Having said that. I LOVE numbers with lots of 0's in them, or prime numbers, or 'e' (2.71...)

    • Kiwi OCC Time Lord

      1 year ago

      Interesting article I thought you might enjoy: Why the rise of cosplay is a bad sign for the U.S. economy

      I'm somewhat insulted, but I have an idea you can analyze the correlation a little more delicately. That's all it is to me - a correlation.

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        Thanks for the article! I'll give it a look and see if I can't put some rigor behind it.

    • nouveaujour

      1 year ago

      Listening to the harassment discussion on You Tube (late to the party).
      Thank you for taking the time and energy to do the discussion; more reminders for people to be nice to each other and to reach out for help if needed is much appreciated.
      -nj

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        Of course; I'm here to help smiley0.gif

    • Haratkins Let's Write

      1 year ago

      I'm loving the Ask an Economist journals! I'm probably the only one who's legitimately enjoying it because I love analysis.

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        You'd be surprised. For every one person who overtly enjoys it, there are at least 5-10 people who silently enjoy. I'm glad you enjoy it though! If you ever have a question you'd liked featured, let me know!

    • Zack W^_^W

      1 year ago

      Hey! You asked one of the questions in JDunlap's 5 question interview with me! That was a great question, and one I have spent a good amount of time mulling over. I've always been pretty conscious of how I interact with the site. I hope my answer was satisfactory! I could probably go into a lot more detail especially with how I carry myself on the site since the mod title hit me. Thanks for asking it!

      • Zack W^_^W

        1 year ago

        Hahah, awesome. And thanks! :D

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        It very much was! I was actually somewhat worried that the answer would simply be "nothing has changed; it's no big deal." I'm glad you take the job seriously and are very thoughtful about it. In fact, I think you're so good at it that when I got the email notification that you had posted something, my first reaction was "Well shit. What did I do?" Anyway, great interview all around! Also, keep up the great work on the site!

    • drew Duckster

      1 year ago

      little late on the follow Friday, but I do remember seeing you working hard at RTX this year! :D

      • LoZelda Pwnee Studios CM

        1 year ago

        I TOTALLY FORGOT ABOUT THAT.

        That is so a t-shirt...

      • drew Duckster

        1 year ago

        oh yeah! I came up with a particularly terrible one about calling the guardians who keep people from holding up RT staff on the floor "Cock Blockers" .....I think @LoZelda is putting it on a tee shirt next year? XP

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        Hey Drew! I believe I remember seeing you at the charity auction. As for the actual convention, I think I saw all 30,000 people. All I really remember is a lot of people and the puns .... oh the puns that forced their way into my ear ... smiley8.gif

    • Steffie HUZZAH

      1 year ago

      www.dailydot.com/geek/barbara-dunkelman-rooste...

      Hey Mr. Muscular Guardian.

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      • Steffie HUZZAH

        1 year ago

        When Blaine stands next to anyone they automatically look like they've gained 10lbs...

        I can't see sounds just yet but today may be the day!

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        I swear that the guardian shirt adds 5-10 pounds of muscle mass. Plus if @bgibbles were there, the article would read: "she has a staff member and guardian. The former being a muscular guy and the latter is in that weird spot where you can't determine if they're muscular or simply overweight." smiley6.gif

        Thanks for the find Steffie! How's that coffee habit going? Seeing sounds yet?

    • Cheshire_Cat

      1 year ago

      Had a blast working with you at RTX this year!

      Thanks for accepting the FR. :)

    • MissIdaho91

      1 year ago

      Ser Lannister! It was a pleasure meeting and working with you this past weekend. Let's do it again some time, hmm? Say about a year from now? :)

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        Sounds like a plan!

    • JDunlap The Dude

      2 years ago

      You going to RTX?

      • JDunlap The Dude

        2 years ago

        Then we should have DT hangout time.

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        2 years ago

        Yes I am. I'll be a guardian this year.

    • Nicodemous

      4 years ago

      Hey man, in regards to your semi-official TDT roster, my char is named Nicodemous, my crew skill is Armormech. Thanks for doing this.

    • crunchbite22

      4 years ago

      I'm Stubbymerc. Also, Joel left graffiti on your wall.

    • Joel

      4 years ago

      Saw that, I'm still convinced the situation is not solvable. Also saw the CME changing stance on gold trading. Might have worked in the 80's don't think it going to help now.

    • Joel

      4 years ago

      I promise you, gold is just getting started. We've had a hell of a run, so we might get a near term correction. But Gold is going to at least 5000. We haven't even seen any multiple expansion in the mining stocks yet.

      Things are much worse than what anyone suspects.

    • Joel

      4 years ago

      Yeah, Euro is bad too. Have no idea who will fill the role as the worlds next default currency. Luckily we don't have to, the market will figure it out. Still think that the trade relationship from China's point of view is already ruined, we'll see how they feel as we continue to tighten the screws on them. I guess the world (including the US) doesn't realize how bad things are going to get. I know I'm still one step ahead because ppl are still using the term 'best house in a bad neighborhood.' Anyone who thinks this is only seeing what is and not what is coming. The problems you mention will be dwarfed by what's coming.

    • Joel

      4 years ago

      China calling for a new default currency.

    • Joel

      4 years ago

      Thankfully I've been (gold) positioned for this (gold) for awhile (gold). I've even moved off shore in to foreign markets denominated in foreign currencies (good currencies) The S&P downgrade is a GIANT plus for me - remember, I'm the guy who said this was coming. I just didn't think it would happen so soon, but awesome that it did. It's just another domino to fall.

      (God I hope I don't sound like an asshole) But that's why I've piped up about all this over the last year.

      Yeah, you're right on the job # too. Pathetic what passes for 'good' now a days.

  • Questions answered by Desayjin

    After our founding fathers fought for the independence of our country, they had a choice as to where they located the new capital. Instead of Philadelphia, they thought a swamp devoid of all human life would be a better place to put our nation's capital.

    Still, I'd take any place in PA (even Philly) than Jersey or Cleveland.

    Good question! First, make sure that your college or university doesn't offer scholarships that you qualify for. Many of them are merit based but also on ability to pay (in that if you don't borrow from the Bank of Mom and Dad, they'll generally give you more of discount). Once you have a better idea of how much you'll owe after that, definitely try through the government first. They typically have the best interest rates. Interest rates are slowly on the rise. If you can get under 4%, that'd be awesome, but it may have to be < 5%. Shop around different places, see what their terms are, especially if there's a grace period after graduation (which there should be).


    Good luck!