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Oolong has recently written an excellent piece on humans' desire to make sacrifices without clear reference to evidence that these sacrifices do any good. After much discussion, it was determined that there was no existing label that framed this tendency as a cognitive bias1.

And so a term was coined. The Builds-Character Heuristic refers to the idea that if you work hard, make sacrifices, and show an effort, you are a better person. This is sometimes a stated belief, and sometimes simply an alief, but it is something that most of us tend to feel is correct.

If it tastes bad, it must be good for you. If you exercise more, you will be healthier. The best employee is the one that stays the latest. Walking to school in the snow builds character.

Chances are that you are familiar with all of…

The mirrors in Gran's house are the color of dust and aged, scratched glass. The backs are splotchy and mottled with gold-brown and silver-gray and flecks of black. Dad says it's because they're old and weren't made properly, but he never looked close at them. If he had, he might've run his hand along the glass and found it smooth, and then he might have questioned how the glass became…

Nitrogen makes up 78% of the air around us, and 3.2% of our own bodies. It is the fourth most abundant element in humans, after oxygen, carbon and hydrogen. As an essential component of all proteins, it is one of the elements that makes life possible.

In air, it is mainly found in its elemental state - molecules of N2, with two nitrogen atoms that are tightly bonded together. Being tightly held together with a triple bond, they are hard to break apart, making elemental nitrogen…

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SciFiQuest 3017: The Frontier that Wouldn't End... hasn't ended. Still. See the quest node for details.

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June 25 SciFiQuest 3017: The Frontier that Wouldn't End has ended.

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Hello everyone,

As you can see in your URL bar, TLS (https://) is live!

What does this mean for you?

We are on the lookout for various browser warnings. All of the themes have all been ported over. There are some http assets in some of the second-tier superdocs, but we'll clean those up as we find them. If you are seeing crazy browser warnings or can't access the site, please drop me an email. On-site messages or Github issues are also good for keeping track of broken things.

We should see an increase in search engine traffic as they tend to penalize non-https sites. This is one of the steps to continue to secure the future of the site, and I'm very pleased we're able to get it done.

Additionally, the load on the server is considerably higher. I've pushed some changes to stabilize it, but we may experience some choppiness. Please let me know if you get connection errors

A lot of really old features or features that won't handle the 301 redirect properly may break. We'll do what we can to support them, but this is one of the instances where old broken stuff might just end up staying broken.

-Jay

Die Grenzen meiner Sprache bedeuten die Grenzen meiner Welt.

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February 7th: Join us for the Love on the Volcano: An E2 Romance Quest

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