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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.

Papers you may be interested in:


Mar
5
revised My necromancer keeps dying (and can't raise himself)!
edited title
Mar
5
answered Can a necromancer be made in 4E?
Mar
5
comment What tools or strategies have you found useful when not all players can be in the same physical space?
Google wave, yes. But there are open source wave projects out there that are gradually getting its functionality. Waveinabox supports extensions now, but not live updating of them. Soon enough there should be a fully-extension compliant wave service.
Mar
5
comment A Cheap Seeing-Eye Droid?
I'm tempted to -1 this: the tech of the SW universe diverges sharply at around 1970, and so comparisons to real-world tech are not... particularly useful as persuasive arguments go.
Mar
4
comment A Cheap Seeing-Eye Droid?
Whut. Okay, why do you want such a ... potentially awesome thing? ... and does that mean an AT-AT turned into a droid is free? Cause I'll take that...
Mar
3
revised How can I make the most of Use the Force?
added 873 characters in body
Mar
3
answered How can I make the most of Use the Force?
Mar
2
answered How to make combat deadlier?
Mar
2
answered Help me optimize my 4E pyromancer
Mar
1
awarded  Enlightened
Feb
27
answered Do any resources exist which cover player governance of a population
Feb
27
comment Do any resources exist which cover player governance of a population
Are you interested in systems that can be ported in and third party sourcebooks, or just pure 3.5 material?
Feb
27
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What kind of fires are “controlled by a creature?”
Feb
27
comment Can an Elementalist benefit from “sorcerous reserves?”
Tip to any optimizers looking at this: With academy master, hellfire blood, and arcane spellfury, this feat is made functionally redundant, as the PP and heroic feat provide a 94% accuracy with an 18 (post-racial) in the primary stat.
Feb
27
comment Is there one type of combat system considered to be more deadly than other alternatives?
The "correct" answer to your question, user, is "I'm sorry, citizen, you're not cleared for that information." :)
Feb
27
asked Can an Elementalist benefit from “sorcerous reserves?”
Feb
27
asked What kind of fires are “controlled by a creature?”
Feb
27
asked What happens when I ignite the curtains and use Control Flame?
Feb
27
asked Can a thief sneak attack with an implement power?
Feb
27
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Is there one type of combat system considered to be more deadly than other alternatives?