Brian Ballsun-Stanton

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Dr. Brian Ballsun-Stanton is a Philosopher, Information Technologist, and Game Theorist exploring the Philosophy of Data. He has a Ph.D in Philosophy from The University of New South Wales in addition to a MS & BS in Information Technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

He has developed a new methodology (The Social Data Flow Network) to explore how individuals in the field understand the nature of data. Currently, his research is exploring the social construction of technology, focusing on the user-driven change of technological tools, in addition to his research of data warehouse ETL strategies for disparate data sets.

Beyond philosophy, Dr. Ballsun-Stanton has experience in haptic research, specifically the use of gesture control of human computer interfaces and an abiding interest in robotics as seen in his flying robotic cable-array manta-ray.

His interests include the academic study of Role-Playing games, the exploration of how science fiction literature transforms reality, and the social consequences of a technological world outpacing society's cultural assimilation of its consequences.

He is a long time gamer, having helped to design the indie game Pax Draconis. He has been running an Ars Magica game for the last 6 years and has extensive experience with indie games and both 3.5 and 4e D&D.

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reviewed Approve suggested edit on How did lower classes with aspirations to high social standing greet each other in the Paris of the 1630's?
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comment How did lower classes with aspirations to high social standing greet each other in the Paris of the 1630's?
Well, in this fictive setting, mainly by attaining glory in the army. The fact of absurd social mobility is the essence of the game, and the intent of the question is to add appropriate set dressing to it. But this ranges from the bastard son of a labourer to the first son of one of the titled nobility.
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asked How did lower classes with aspirations to high social standing greet each other in the Paris of the 1630's?
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comment In which direction does the thumb point in the “pollice verso?”
Question inspired by chat over in the rpg stack.
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asked In which direction does the thumb point in the “pollice verso?”