The OPOP Lab Runner
People always wonder how to make easy money in Path of Exile. Out of the various ways to generate an income, I enjoy profiting from the Uber Labyrinth. I forget who originally designed the build, but I caught wind of it while watching the poe streamer, blasting_cap.
The build capitalizes on Pathfinder flask abuse, Queen of the Forest, and stacking evasion to increase your movement speed by incredible amounts. Unfortunately, since this is a poison based build, I’m not sure how it will fare in 3.0, so consider that before investing.
To kill Izaro, use Blade Vortex and poison him by activating your flasks. He will melt. Hardcore players beware, this character is evasion and life based and is within 1-shot range. I wouldn’t recommend this for hardcore leagues.
My items are good enough for the basic build, but far from min/maxed. You can still see all the core unique items to make the build by checking out my thread on the poe forum here.
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Tier 11 Academy Boss
I’ve been playing Path of Exile since open beta, and I gotta say Cyclone is one of my favorite builds. It is able to do nearly every map mod and boss. Since the new expansion dropped, I dusted off my lvl 90 character and checked out the Ascendancy classes.
I went with the Juggernaut Ascendancy class since it gives the build a sweet movement bonus, extra damage, and additional benefits for using fortify. Check out my passive tree here.
With an Atziri’s Disfavour or equivalent endgame weapon, this build has pretty sweet DPS. Using Herald of Ice and Herald of Ash for enhanced clearing:
- Atziri’s Disfavour
- Cyclone + Concentrated Effect + Added Fire Damage + Fortify + Faster Attacks + Melee Physical Damage
- Devoto’s Devotion helm
- Blasphemy + Warlords Mark for sustainability
- Doryani’s Invitation belt – Phys dmg
- The rest is rare gear
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I don’t know if you keep up with theoretical physics, but there are some crazy theories about our universe out there. Some have me thinking about infinity. People a lot smarter than I am say the craziest thing about infinity is how big it really is. Even if you don’t enjoy following the science, you’ve probably heard of the infinite monkey theorem that states even a monkey spending an infinite amount of time hitting random keys on a typewriter will produce the complete works of Shakespeare. My basic understanding of the theory is this; it supposes, given a random sequence of letters that continues for infinity, all possible combinations of sequences will exist. Since all possible combinations will exist, the combination that spells out Shakespeare’s complete work will exist in it’s appropriate order. Expanding from there, not only will there be Shakespeare’s work, but every other work of literature ever written and every combination in between.
Now take infinity and add parallel universes and you basically got the Many-worlds interpretation (MWI):
The fundamental idea of the MWI, going back to Everett 1957, is that there are myriad of worlds in the Universe in addition to the world we are aware of. In particular, every time a quantum experiment with different possible outcomes is performed, all outcomes are obtained, each in a different world, even if we are only aware of the world with the outcome we have seen. Vaidman, Lev. “Many-Worlds Interpretation….” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Stanford University, 24 Mar. 2002. Web. 14 Jan. 2016.
How crazy is it to imagine for every decision we’ve ever made, there could be a parallel universe in which we’ve done something different? If we apply that same concept of infinite time from the monkey theorem with the concept of an infinite (or near infinite) number of parallel universes with alternate outcomes, it becomes quite the set of possibilities; however, if we’re really living in a multiverse in which all possible combinations are playing out in parallel space-time, we can all comfortably assume there is at least one place in time in which we are meeting our own mortal demise mid-coitus.
There are two types of people in this world… those who admit they love talking about themselves, and those who lie to our faces. Everyone in this day in age is obsessed with themselves. Social media is more pervasive than ever and as prevalent. It is literally woven into our clothing, marketed to us as watches and glasses and whatever other gadget and gizmo they can throw at us, as long as they can manufacture it cheap enough for mass consumption. I’m not saying social media caused this self-infatuation, or is to blame or anything like that; I’m simply using it as a means to make my point: If a picture is worth a thousand words, and your social media is album after album of selfies, I’m willing to bet you talk about yourself ahhh lot. People are absolutely obsessed with themselves whether or not they admit it. If I can look at your digital footprint and see a trail of vice and personal obsession, finding example after example of shameless, validation-seeking self-promotion, it stands to reason you too are completely obsessed with yourself just like everyone else. We all are and the evidence has never been more clear. From our data comes a narrative depicting who we want to be and what we want to see and what we think will make us better in some way, shape or form. Our rampant self obsession is likely a huge factor in, what seems to be, an explosion in social justice expressed online in near sometimes sickening fashion, all the way up the spectrum to the large number of social movements which include real-life displays of activism attempting to derail malformed institutions designed to keep people down. So is all the self obsession bad? Of course not. It is what drives us all to the highest and lowest points of our own plebeian human experience. We all know what is possible because there are people out there doing it; living the way we wanna live and doing the things we wanna do as we just sit here mustering, coping, and working to find a way to stop being a wage-slave. Find people that make you happy, and find people that make you money; it makes it a lot easier to validate your self obsession regardless of what choices the data says you’re making. It’s the American Dream.
The Title says it All
Why is it so hard to gain support for creating a standard of living in this county? These things should be funded and regulated. Healthcare brings tons of jobs and education with it; it should be encouraged to flourish, not whither on the vine. In the parlance of our times, this just seems like another manifestation of radicalism carried out at the highest level.
America is hailed as a “free country,” protected by its Constitution and government’s checks and balances, and propagated by the spread of democracy and capitalism. In my opinion, we all need to give ourselves more credit towards two freedoms inherent to the bonding trait of our shared human experience:
1. Humans are capable of simultaneously holding conflicting positions about an idea, and that’s OK.
2. Humans deserve the right to make choices that benefit them, to a certain extent.
Regardless of our individual choices, we as people are easily capable of holding conflicting positions about ideas. I’d argue from this ability, we’ve developed moral constraints like laws and ethics, or in this instance, an ability to draw-the-line. For example, we have age restrictions woven throughout out modern social and political environment like voting, driving, sports, religious confirmation, sexual consent, education, student bodies, presidential candidates, drinking, senior-citizenship, adulthood… At age 18 you’re considered an “adult” by American standards. We indisputably treat children differently from adults because we concede they have an indescribably limited life experience from which to draw understanding, and because they are physically incapable of taking care of themselves until they’ve matured. If we can concede to those premises, it doesn’t seem like a stretch to say we can draw the line as to when a human is incapable of making choices for him/her self. This means it is ok to believe the result of conception is a human, but still disregard its choice to a certain extent because it is literally, physically and mentally incapable of making choices.
If we can concede humans deserve the right to make choices that benefit them, to a certain extent, and if we have already conceded humans can draw the line and disregard ones choice on the basis of him/her being physically and mentally incapable of having one, being pro-choice is ethical and is congruent with the ideological framework of a “free county.”
Understandably, this could be considered a summation of one of the many pro-choice arguments. Honestly, it is sad we still need to fight for this basic standard of living in the year 2015, when so many other industrialized nations have successfully nationalized healthcare in the same, successful way they have education. America is supposed to be “…the land of the free and home of the brave,” so why are we fighting so hard against freedom of choice and our ability to create and uphold a basic standard of living that benefits everyone? Think about it… #StandUpForYourStandard