Are anti-personnel catapults used in LARPs?

In a previous question I saw that cannons do exist in the world of larping, used against gates and castles but not against people.

Are there things like catapults that target people instead of gates and castles used in LARPs?

I am currently in college and this is my first time larping. My group thought it would be fun to have some catapult-like construction to use during large scale events.

Can a gem used as the material component for the Magic Jar spell also be used for the Imprisonment spell?

I want to cast Magic Jar to transfer my soul into a gem, then possess someone, then cast Imprisonment (using the Minimus Containment option) on my now-soulless body to store it safely into the same gem, making it indestructible at the same time.

Can the gem used as a material component for Magic Jar also be used for Imprisonment?

Where is dash being used as default shell?

According to

The default login shell remains bash. Opening a terminal from the menu or shortcut [crtl-alt-t] provides interactive bash. A script run from the desktop or file manager, through the dialogue ‘run in terminal’ will execute as POSIX dash.

livy@disco-dingo:~$   ls -l /bin/sh lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 4 Aug 22 10:53 /bin/sh -> dash livy@disco-dingo:~$   cat Desktop/ echo $  SHELL > ~/Desktop/test-result.txt; 

I added the execute permission, then double clicked the file and here was the result:

livy@disco-dingo:~$   cat Desktop/test-result.txt  /bin/bash 

Is the Ubuntu wiki out of date or something?

Used tasksel to uninstall kubuntu-desktop now i don’t have a DE and no internet

I wanted to try kde plasma and followed the instructions from an website to install it. It used tasksel for installing kubuntu-desktop. After the install finished my screen look wired with numbers instead of backgrounds, so I though I could fix it if I uninstall. sudo tasksel remove kubuntu-desktop as suggested in one of the comments below the installation post and my screen froze. I restarted the machine after the uninstall finished. Now i am presented with a black login screen.

What i tried:

  1. sudo dpkq-reconfigure gdm3 => It tells me that gdm3 is broken or not installed completely.
  2. sudo apt-get update => I don’t have internet, neither an ethernet port on my laptop. I tried tethering with my phone but it did not work(when if config -a it displays just io).
  3. Edited the file inside /etc/netplan/ => It did not work

Any way i can fix this or at least connect to wifi to update the files? Thanks you.

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6 Ways Face Verification is Used In Education Sector

Can Thaumaturgy be used to give advantage in combat?

Can Thaumaturgy be used as a kind of taunt? I understand D&D doesn’t have taunts but it’s the only way I know how to describe what I do with Thaumaturgy in this scenario.

So, in theory, let’s say a creature is engaging the party’s rogue and my character is a cleric. On my turn, I cast Thaumaturgy to make my character’s voice originate from behind the creature and as a bonus action, I use a persuasion or an intimidation check to trick the creature into disengaging the rogue. Making the creature turn around believing it’s facing a new threat.

If that is the case could then the rogue’s attack be at advantage if the rogue’s turn is right after mine?

How long can creatures fly when being used as mounts?

So I’m in a D&D 5e campaign and I’m curious about this because there’s some debate in my current campaign about travel mounts, particularly Griffon vs Magic Carpet. A person in our group thinks that Griffons are better than magic carpets for traveling. I’m curious as to how long you can ride a Griffon or any mount for that matter, before needing for it to rest or eat?

Creating a “bubble” UI layout like used in the Apple Music app

I’ve been thinking about experimenting with a layout like the one used in the Apple Music app on iOS.

The interface is the “bubble” interface that is used to choose your preferences etc…

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But I don’t really know where to even start with this. Is there a name for the general idea of creating these sort of semi-physics based layouts?

Would love to know what it is I need to search for in order to learn how these work.

I’d be writing it on iOS in Swift but looking more for the name of this sort of interface so I can learn the principals behind creating it.


network manager package for vpnc installed but cannot be used (ubuntu 16.04.6)

I have installed network-manager-vpnc in order to establish a VPN connection. The installation has been successful if I understand this correctly:

$   dpkg -l | grep network-manager-vpnc ii  network-manager-vpnc 1.1.93-1ubuntu0.1 amd64 network management framework (VPNC plugin core) 


$   vpnc --version vpnc version 0.5.3r550-2build1 ... 

However, if I go to the network button in the desktop menu bar, the entry ‘VPN connection’ leads to ‘Add a VPN connection…’ that is greyed out. A definite closed road.

If I force my way through the entry ‘Edit connections…’, I then can add a VPN connnection but it is not of the type “Cisco Compatible VPN (vpnc)” that I expect based on the manual I am following. In fact there is only the option below:

screenshot of dialogue window to set up the type of VPN connection

Therefore, the closed road above was not as closed as it claimed, but it does not lead where I expected anyhow.

I have looked at other posts but, e&oe, none concerns such an early stop. Is there anything that I can do to fix these inconsistences? The aim is to get the network manager acknowledge and create a vpnc-based VPN conection.

In general the network manager is doing fine as far as Ethernet and wireless are concerned. OS situation:

$   uname -a Linux laptop 4.15.0-58-generic #64~16.04.1-Ubuntu SMP Wed Aug 7 14:10:35 UTC 2019 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux