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  2. Hi! I’m studying Game Studies at Tampere University, Finland and I’m currently writing my Bachelor's Thesis on the social and communal aspects of OpenCommunity from the members’ point of view. In order to get this point of view, I have a survey which I hope many of you would fill. This online survey takes approximately 15-30 minutes to fill and it’s an anonymous survey. At the end you have a possibility to give me an email to contact you but it’s completely voluntary. All I wish is that I get some kind of data to analyse about whether there is sense of community in OpenCommunity and how people feel about it. I’m really interested about social aspects of gaming and different kinds of online communities especially in MMORPGs, so your participation is much hoped and appreciated! https://forms.gle/PXs8E7xARshQVo9p8 I'm keeping this survey open two weeks, so you have time until 08.11.2019 to fill this.
  3. There's this great video series titled "The Alt-Right Playbook", by Innuendo Studios, basically going through some of the tools and mechanisms the alt-right uses to organise, recruit, and spread their ideology. But the first 4 minutes of this video touch on another topic - the mainstreaming of queer culture. I thought of it as it was just National Coming Out Day, and I think this video actually describes the importance of visibility really well. P.S.: Thanks to @Pippin for recommending this series to me
  4. So, the first post in this thread, that was posted more than three years ago, was an Amanda Palmer song, and I've recently FINALLY seen Amanda live. Her concert was a 4 hour one woman show, and it was absolutely amazing! Such an amazing artist, and a great connection with the audience! I would absolutely recommend it to anyone This is one of my favorites from her new album
  5. And now for something completely different There's a great new channel done by Hank Green called Journey to the Microcosmos, and it's just a really great dive into the world of microscopic organisms! It's all just videos of microscopic footage with a voiceover, usually describing one specific facet of this world that is everywhere around (and inside) of us! It's a really great channel and I would definitely recommend checking it out! I'm going to link their most popular video here - on Stentors! One of the coolest single-celled organisms I've ever learned about
  6. Some of the stuff we know so far about 2020: It will be on May 16 2020, in the Rotterdam Ahoy arena. Semifinals are May 12 and 14. The beloved Jon Ola Sand will be stepping down as Executive Supervisor after 2020, ending the 10 year sandy era. There's no word on who might replace him. A bunch of song / artist announcement dates have already gone up - earliest song announcement date so far is Albania with December 2019 Belgium is the first country to select and announce their artist - Hooverphonic! They selected them internally (i.e., without a public voting selection). Their song will be announced in February. A little fun fact about the Belgian selection, which is somewhat unique at Eurovision. Belgium is represented by two national broadcasters - Flemish VRT, and French-speaking RTBF. and they alternate which broadcaster sends the representative. Hooverphonic is being sent by the Flemish broadcaster. Imo this is something that the UK might want to consider, since various Scottish and Welsh national broadcasters have expressed interest in participating, and the BBC's own entries have very much circled the proverbial drain in terms of scores for the last 20 years
  7. So anyone who's spoken with me for more than half a second knows that I am unironically a huge fan of the Eurovision Song Contest I like what it represents, I like the drama and shenanigans, I like the event that it is, with millions of people having memories of watching it with friends or family, people all over Europe coming together for this one event that we can all talk about, and, importantly, I also like a lot of the songs! While Eurovision 2020 is still more than half a year away, what Eurovision fans term "Eurovision season" is already on ! Pretty much the only first rule for Eurovision song entries is that they must be original pieces of music that have not been released or performed before September of the year preceding the event, and we'll soon be seeing the first national selections happen! I tend to follow this stuff and there's always something interesting, or at the very least, silly to share with people so I figured I might as well start a thread about this
  8. Not a video essayist, but one of my favorite new youtube discoveries is the channel Worldbuilding Notes! The creator is amazingly creative and talented, and the videos she makes are super interesting and definitely active those creative brain cells if you ever find yourself in a creative slump
  9. *Dancing in front of the screen after listening to the Song a second time*
  10. A recommendation of a slightly less known Youtuber, Rowan Ellis. I find her videos extremely informative and well researched, 10/10 would recommend!
  11. Holiday update! Over the holidays, there's always a ton of baking in this house, and we always make at least one potica! Also, bonus loaf of bread And this was my next banana bread child! This time, with walnuts! (We started eating all of these on Sunday and I'm afraid to say they're all gone )
  12. Hello yes I bring the anger and the rage
  13. After a conversation with @Doomsday I remembered this amazingly funny Jenny video and I thought I should share it The Crimes of JK Rowling
  14. Thanks for the votes, folks! I'll keep the Introduce Yourself forum in the Community Center club for now, but if anyone has any more ideas and/or suggestions, don't be afraid to let us know!
  15. Hey everyone! Since we're doing a cleanup and rework of the site, I figured it would be a good idea to revisit this forum and see whether we still want to use it, so I put up a lil poll What it's meant to do The purpose of this forum is basically twofold - one is a way for people to introduce themselves, and say something about themselves, their interests, etc. This makes it easier not only to get to know each other, but also for any member who sees the introduction to point the person in the direction of the things they're interested in The other purpose is that it works as a way to encourage people to make their first post - not everyone is super confident with just entering a discussion, and people might feel too shy to post in a thread about something. This forum basically says "Post your first thing here!" and creates an obvious place for people to make their first post, and once they've made the one, they might feel more comfortable posting elsewhere! Do you think it achieves these goals? Do you have any alternative suggestions? Did it help you make your first post? Let's hear it!
  16. So, I watch a LOT of video essays. They're a wholesome and high quality source of entertainment compared to the 3-minute clickbait factory that dominates Youtube, and I just think they're a lot of fun. I often recommended them during events but we could never really follow up or discuss them cause when you're chatting with people in voice, you can't just go "OK brb watching this 50-minute video about the history and current state of the Avatar theme park", but I figured this is a much better way to share something, and then peeps can just watch it on their own time. I figured it could be fun to share a cool / funny / interesting video every week or every two weeks, and then peeps can reply and chat about it or even recommend some similar videos or other videos by the same person and just have a blast doing it
  17. Hello, my name is Benjamin Franklin/Yaanawo, I'm playing gw2 for around 2 years for now. For the most times, you see me somewhere around in the PvE also for some daily fractals. I'm always happy to make a "How to fractal run" if you are new to fractals and would like to try it and learn something all around fractals. If you got any Question for Fractals or need help feel free to add me Yaanawo.7825 Out of gw2, I like anime and music of all kind also I start getting into Programming. Have fun everyone! Hope to see ya at the next Tripple Trouble Event or somewhere around.
  18. After some cooking-based discussions, we decided to make a thread where we can share our various bakes & recipes with each other, as well as discuss different food-related ideas. We come from such different cultures & backgrounds and we had a lot of people interested in each other's foods - so feel free to share recipes, pics, etc. here
  19. You can bite me if you want. I'm healthy and tasty. I mean...! Hi. EDIT: I swear this made sense with my at the time nickname
  20. Everyone listens to music - so why not share it with others? Whenever you're listening to something or just wanna share a song with everyone else - plop it down here (if copy-paste a Youtube link, the forums will automatically make it magical) I've been listening to game soundtracks all day because I was working, but now I'm taking a break, dancing the stress out to (Amanda Palmer - Leeds United [Lounge Version])
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