Advice want to Start Playing Again! Played as an Intermediate [closed]

So I used to play a while back ago. Was never that much into it. I actually used to think it was kind of stupid but as of late have been thinking about it more and more. At times it used to bore the crap out of me but when you’d get into it time used to fly by.

I played with some guys who were jerks and used to horse around a lot but would still get into it. I have a good enough idea of what to expect because of my experience and what I was exposed to. Just wondering if there were any ideas on what could help or questions, or thoughts etc.

I’ve already mentioned it to some folks. As far as planning goes, who’s going to DM and how the group structure should work for those not sure what to expect.

Once again I was never that into it. I’ve only played with one group but I went to shops and played as a child and it had a really lasting effect on me. So I want to take it slow and do it the right way.

The challenges I face trying to play are my culture. Drinking, girls, first generation-hispanic materialistic people. They’re some talented people, they have issues like everyone. Just wanted to try something different.

Maybe some guidelines, tactics, practical knowledge or anything that can contribute to the dynamics of our group. I’ve done limited research but my memory is hazy. Have already bought the materials and want this to be a memorable experience. Thanks and any comments or feedback would be much appreciated.

Looking for advice on repurposing artwork for multiple social media platforms

Hey guys. I recently took a freelance job as an in-house social media designer and we create new campaigns almost every second day.

I spend a lot of time repurposing campaign artwork for each social media platform. You know – one visual for Instagram, one for Snap, a CRM banner, Facebook, etc. I'm currently making them all separately and it takes so much time. I even need to work late to get them all done on time. I thought maybe someone knows a technique or approach how I could speed it…

Looking for advice on repurposing artwork for multiple social media platforms

Relations between deciding languages and computing functions in advice machines

I’m trying to understand implications of translating between functions and languages for P/Poly complexity. I’m not sure whether the following all makes sense. Giving it my best shot given my current understanding of the concepts. (I have a project in which I want to discuss Hava Siegelmann’s analog recurrent neural nets, which recognize languages in P/Poly, but I’d like to understand and be able to explain to others implications this has for computing functions.)

Suppose I want to use an advice Turing $ T_1$ machine to calculate a function from binary strings to binary strings $ f: {0,1}* \rightarrow {0,1}*$ . $ T_1$ will be a machine that can compute $ f$ in polynomial time given advice that is polynomial-size on the length of arguments $ s$ to $ f$ , i.e. $ f$ is in P/Poly. (Can I say this? I have seen P/Poly defined only for languages, but not for functions with arbitrary (natural number) values.)

Next suppose I want to treat $ f$ as defining a language $ L(f)$ , by encoding its arguments and corresponding values into strings, where $ L(f) = \{\langle s,f(s)\rangle\}$ and $ \langle\cdot,\cdot\rangle$ encodes $ s$ and $ f(s)$ into a single string.

For an advice machine $ T_2$ that decides this language, the inputs are of length $ n = |\langle s,f(s)\rangle|$ , so the relevant advice for such an input will be the advice for $ n$ .


Question 1: If $ T_1$ can return the result $ f(s)$ in polynomial time, must there be a machine $ T_2$ that decides $ \{\langle s,f(s)\rangle\}$ in polynomial time? I think the answer is yes. $ T_2$ can extract $ s$ from $ \{\langle s,f(s)\rangle\}$ , and then use $ T_1$ to calculate $ f(s)$ , and then encode $ s$ with $ f(s)$ and compare it with the original encoded string. Is that correct?


Question 2 (my real question): If we are given a machine $ T_2$ that can decide $ \{\langle s,f(s)\rangle\}$ in polynomial time, must there be a way to embed $ T_2$ in a machine $ T_3$ so that $ T_3$ can return $ f(s)$ in polynomial time?

I suppose that if $ T_2$ must include $ T_1$ , then the answer is of course yes. $ T_3$ just uses the capabilities of $ T_1$ embedded in $ T_2$ to calculate $ f(s)$ . But what if $ T_2$ decides $ L(f)$ some other way? Is that possible?

If we are given $ s$ , we know its length, but not the length of $ f(s)$ . So in order to use $ T_2$ to find $ f(s)$ , it seems there must be a sequential search through all strings $ s_f = \{\langle s,r\rangle\}$ for arbitrary $ r$ . (I’m assuming that $ f(s)$ is unbounded, but that $ f$ has a value for every $ s$ . So the search can take an arbitrary length of time, but $ f(s)$ will ultimately be found.)

One thought I have is that the search for a string $ s_f$ that encodes $ s$ with $ f(s)$ has time complexity that depends on the length of the result $ f(s)$ (plus $ |s|$ , but that would be swamped when $ f(s)$ is long).

So now the time complexity does not have to do with the length of the input, but only the length of $ f(s)$ . Maybe $ L(f)$ is in P/Poly if $ f$ is in P? (Still confused here.)

Thinking about these questions in terms of Boolean circuits has not helped.

Is there any way for the Draconic Bloodline Sorcerer’s Elemental Affinity to improve Eldritch Blast, or is the Sage Advice Compendium just wrong?

The Draconic Bloodline Sorcerer’s elemental affinity ability says:

Starting at 6th level, when you cast a spell that deals damage of the type associated with your draconic ancestry, you can add your Charisma modifier to one damage roll of that spell.

The cantrip eldritch blast deals force damage, and force damage does not appear on the Draconic ancestry table.

Nevertheless, the Sage Advice Compendium ruling on elemental affinity states:

Elemental Affinity benefits one damage roll per casting of a spell, even if the spell allows more than one roll. So, for example, the feature improves one of the rays of a scorching ray spell or one of the beams of an eldritch blast spell.

Is this just a case of using eldritch blast as a contextually incorrect choice of category representative of the type of spells this Sage Advice ruling is addressing, or is there a way to modify the damage type of eldritch blast so that it is an actual use case for this ruling on the elemental affinity ability?

WordPress Multistep Checkout Advice [closed]

I am after a bit of advice here from WordPress masters…

I am creating an ecommerce site where the products are subscription based. The subscriptions are sold on a yearly basis. However the products are not sent at regular intervals the products will be sent out on significant dates for that year.

For example pay for a subscription and they get sent a gift on their birthday, Christmas and fathers days.

How can I go about creating a system that allows me to sell the subscription as follows…

User Selects Plan -> directed to a new page where they enter details of recipient (name, address, birthday etc) -> directed to checkout page.

P.s I need all the recipients details to be saved to a CSV file to email over to my suppliers.

Need advice for blog layout

This is my first post, so I hope I'm not breaking any rules.

I need help improving the look of my basic website blog. It is at https://www.nicetiming.com

Currently it uses a softaculous platform called flatpress. It is fine, but I don't think it allows me to change colours or add my own header jpg.

Should I go for basic html, or get a wordpress theme? If a wp theme, how do I find one simple enough that looks like my site but allows a custom header?

online store advice

Hi folks, I hope things are well.

I am creating a new online store. I don't have a website yet. I don't need my own domain at first. I am located in Canada and would like to sell to Canada OR to (Canada and the US). I will be selling hockey / baseball cards etc. Some but not all items will have images. I need to be able to bulk uploads / updates of items (from csv, excel etc) and have them automatically go into specified categories (tens of thousands of items eventually). Would be…

online store advice

WordPress “Site Health Status” trust it or myself for its security advice?

I’m using WordPress to host a few sites. Lately it includes this feature called Site Health Status. This information has in part been valuable, but it also itches me the wrong way somehow that I can’t get it to show "green" due to something I’d consider non-issues 😉

Here is how the "critical issue" looks.

Relevant snippet from Site Health Status

Here’s the relevant text excerpt, because search engines aren’t all too good with indexing text from screenshots:

1 critical issue

Background updates are not working as expected [Security]

Background updates ensure that WordPress can auto-update if a security update is released for the version you are currently using.

  • Warning The folder /vhosts/sitename was detected as being under version control (.hg).
  • Error Your installation of WordPress prompts for FTP credentials to perform updates. (Your site is performing updates over FTP due to file ownership. Talk to your hosting company.)

The folder /vhosts/sitename is indeed under version control and the actual blog is under /vhosts/sitename/blog and that’s what the web server serves as webroot. However, /vhosts/sitename/wp-config.php contains the blog configuration. As WordPress allows it to live outside of the webroot, that’s what I opted for out of security reasons. Anyway, the conclusion from this first (yellow) point should be that there’s no way anyone could glean the contents of the version control system, since it lives entirely outside the webroot.

The second (and red) point is about FTP credentials. This one I find particularly unnerving. I have scripts in place, I have 2FA, and the servers in question are only accessible via SSH (and by extension SFTP). WordPress doesn’t support SFTP nor would I want to enable this at all. In fact the files inside the webroot have tight file modes so that even in case a breach occurred very little could be done. In other words, I am updating WordPress in a semi-automated fashion triggered manually. Unlike some setups of WordPress I have seen or administrated in the past with FTP enabled, I haven’t had a breach, going by all the indicators I have available. So to me this is the desired setting. But someone decided to categorize this as a critical issue.

So my questions (two actually):

  • Is there a way to dismiss and ignore these exact two items in the future?
  • Should I trust some WordPress dev who doesn’t know my exact setup more for security advice than myself or should I spend (mental) energy on actively ignoring the issue (under the assumption that it can’t be dismissed and ignored for the future)?

NB: I am not interested in having the overall feature (or the visible widget) removed. I simply want this feature to be valuable and that means not raising the alarm when nothing is wrong, as far as I’m concerned.

Seeking advice – Building a Landing Page

I need your help to pass a job test! I have to design and implement a landing page. I have some experience with html and css, but i never implemented a landing page or a website, and I never used Java script.

They mainly want to evaluate my html skills and want to "understand my idea behind how certain elements behave and why these particular elements behave that way". It's important to make the landing page responsive. I am allowed to use "frameworks" and other sources.

So, here are my…

Seeking advice – Building a Landing Page