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The great artists in General
Warrior
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By the way, who was that animator Nikki & Indicative both referenced?

I'm not as familiar as I ought to be in animation... . But that said: my favorite animator(s) would have to be the Brothers Quay:

IMAGE(http://www.horschamp.qc.ca/cinema/jan2002/images/brothersquay.jpg)

IMAGE(http://www.sachsreport.com/brothers%20quay%20twisted%20dtop%20motion%20animation%20Dramolet.jpg)

[ Sunday, April 27, 2008 16:37: Message edited by: Clavicle ]
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Warrior
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No, no, no... . "Independents" only call themselves Independent to convince themselves that they have a mind of their own. It has no other meaning, especially in states where anybody from any party can vote in anyone else's party, or where Independents can vote in either (they do that here in Massachusetts, and it's dumb).

Other than that, Mars... as a rule, except in a handful of rare cases, Republican means conservative and Democrat means liberal (or "progressive", as a lot of Democrats have taken to calling themselves... mostly the foolish Democratic Centrists who have moved this country to the right with their fear of both their own shadows and their Republican opponents. ..The Centrists are a nut/case in themselves, as are the Religious Right... .)

Damn it, you see what I mean? We'd better stop this right now, or I'm gonna lose control of myself.

(What nation are you calling from, by the way? And don't say Mars? Because I went to school, and all?)
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Warrior
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Actually, I kind of wish I was someplace else. The high prices... the fact that our lousy mayor thought it was a good idea to literally bulldoze half of the largest artists' community in Massachusetts (kicking the artists out of their homes first, of course)... the ignored but nevertheless rampant homeless population... the fact that half the independent stores -- books, music, video -- are now gone due to unaffordable rents (here comes Borders to the rescue!)... most of the artists have moved out since the 90's... well, it's not the same place it was in the early 90's.

That said, yes, people can be quite political around here... especially in Cambridge. Every election, no matter how small: everybody puts out their lawn signs.

And I have a habit of being drawn into political arguments. I don't want to do that here.
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Geneforge 5 - March Update in Geneforge 4: Rebellion
Warrior
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...besides which... I don't believe a rotghroth would understand how to use a baton in the first place.

...besides which... Rotghroths don't need batons! All they need is their powerful, powerful fists.
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Warrior
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Now... if this thread is going to turn into Democrat-bashing... I'm going to take umbrage.

May the "Educated Elite" inherit the earth.
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A question. in General
Warrior
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Dikiyoba: Recently some scientists were considering the viability of attacking an incoming asteroid with a nuclear weapon. Their conclusion was that the sort of nuclear force needed to obliterate a large asteroid (assuming the asteroid wasn't clastic, meaning we'd end up with not just one large but a whole bunch of small asteroids heading straight for us) would require a nuclear bomb so extraordinarily immense that -- regardless of the problems of getting it off the ground -- it would pose a far, far greater threat to the world than it was worth trying to build in case of an incoming asteroid. Needless to say, the idea was scrapped immediately.

Sometimes it actually pays to watch television.

[edited for irrelevant rambling]

[ Saturday, April 26, 2008 21:45: Message edited by: Clavicle ]
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The great artists in General
Warrior
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Literature: Andrei Bely
IMAGE(http://www.nndb.com/people/768/000114426/andrey-bely.jpg)

Painting: Remedios Varo
IMAGE(http://www.iupui.edu/~lmena1/varo/armonia.jpg)

Film: Ingmar Bergman
IMAGE(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/4b/Ingmar_Bergman_Smultronstallet.jpg)

Music: Mahogany
IMAGE(http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d20/simonthedude/badflirtband.jpg)

...or Jessamine...
IMAGE(http://www.southern.net/southern/band/JESSA/pics/563-1L.jpg)

[ Saturday, April 26, 2008 21:23: Message edited by: Clavicle ]
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Soylent Green - It's made out of people. in General
Warrior
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(Vad? Jag förstår lite om fransk, emedan... nå... jag prater det inte... .)

RE: fx/writing: Hah!

The people's concept of good writing has also changed. Exhibit A: "The Twilight Zone".

Also... While today's special effects are immeasurably more special (obviously) . . . I feel that the studios have come to use them in PLACE of writing . . . which, admittedly, was infrequently very good in American film or TV in the first place, however... overuse of special effects (in games as well as TV & film) kills the work.

Exhibit A in ruination by special effects: the new Dr. Who.

Exhibit A in what can be accomplished with minimal special effects: the films of Ingmar Bergman (RIP).

Anyhow, today's American films (and TV shows) are better, I think, than they were 50 years ago.

I've always found it absolutely wretched that, while the Europeans were experimenting with film, from nearly the very beginning, as an art form: the Americans saw it only as a means of making money.

EDIT: "never any good" to "infrequently very good" -- accuracy is essential! Northern Exposure, after all, was a great show . . . for a while. ...Not to mention the innumerable great American films ever since Kubrick got his hands on the stuff.

[ Thursday, April 24, 2008 23:52: Message edited by: Clavicle ]
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Geneforge 5 - March Update in Geneforge 4: Rebellion
Warrior
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I suppose, in a Geneforge scenario, the guns would have to be shaped as living creatures.
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Soylent Green - It's made out of people. in General
Warrior
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I suppose at the time they were what the public wanted to see; and the 'special effects' in some of those films didn't hurt. All I was saying was that he was, at most, a mediocre actor.

I am, however, curious as to what made the guy so popular. I understand that ubiquitousness helps... but what made the studios hire him so often? Simply some idea that popularity-of-film = popularity-of-main-actor? Or was there some sort of elusive sense of 'manliness' about him, some sort of I-don't-know-what, pardon my French?

EDIT: I'm in no way suggesting that films such as Planet of the Apes & Soylent Green were 'bad films'. Personally, I liked them. Except for the man's acting.

[ Thursday, April 24, 2008 22:38: Message edited by: Clavicle ]
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Warrior
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Please, please... for the sake of my delicate sanity, and perhaps others'... nobody respond to Upon Mars' unique take on history.

(On another website, another forum, perhaps... but not here.)
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I don't want to be a woman! in Geneforge 4: Rebellion
Warrior
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I don't know. Some people say things like that, so I guess I have to suppose there must be something to it.
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I don't want to be a woman! in Geneforge 4: Rebellion
Warrior
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To tell the truth, in the Avernum games: with some of the characters it's difficult to tell whether they're male or female. I sort of have to guess: Are those chest swells due to muscles or mammary glands?

In regard to Geneforge: It makes me a feel kind of sexy to play as a woman. Especially that Infiltrator in G4.

In fact, it sounds like somebody here is a little uncomfortable with his sexuality?
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When Jeff remakes Avernum... in General
Warrior
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So long as it's not "Avernum Reloaded".

Maybe... "Avernum: No More Crystals"? Or "Avernum: The Vahnatai Have Had Enough".
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Geneforge 5 - March Update in Geneforge 4: Rebellion
Warrior
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So... what you're saying is that Chucky is the answer?

...I... I mean McCain. Sorry.

What I mean is: we need an Iraqi-style "parliament"? At least that's sure to get all the authority figures killed... one by one.

Yeah, I don't see it working without a lot of strong negotiators and strong leaders. Clearly the Trakovites are the best hope for the world of Geneforge; only they can talk sense into all the warring factions (excluding the Drakons, of course, who are best wiped out of existence, sorry Drakons)... probably Khyryk would be a virtual Thomas Jefferson in this scenario... but you'd need a Ben Franklin too, and a George Washington as a capable and benevolent authority figure, and an Alexander Hamilton to put the whole thing together into something that is actually sustainable and viable... but I babble.
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Geneforge 5 - March Update in Geneforge 4: Rebellion
Warrior
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Ron Paul is the answer!

(joking)

Perhaps the best scenario is putting all the power (temporarily, of course!) into the hands of the Unbound Egos of the Drakons, thus necessitating a second war between Drakons and everyone else?

But seriously, to tell you the truth: I happen to think the Trakovites are the most correct. Both the Rebels and the Shapers are both fairly right and horrifyingly wrong. The only solution is sabotage and destruction of both parties, except that in the resulting vacuum and devastation some new, selfish and oppressive power -- if not the Shapers once again -- would come in and seize control.

Unfortunately, the Geneforge world is completely messed up and I don't see any way of fixing it. Perhaps G5 should allow you to play either a self-hating cutter or a world-hating sociopath? The game could be titled: Geneforge 5: No Hope Left!
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Warrior
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I thought Spam (an abreviation of SPiced hAM, by the way, as far as I think I understand) was part of the rationing for Allied troops on the western front (in other words: U.S. & England). But... I won't dispute that Hormel might have extended the rationing to Stalin's troops . . . as difficult, risky and costly as it must've been to push any western supply shipments across the German lines.
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Comics in General
Warrior
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Profile Homepage #44
I seem to have stumbled upon some sort of lover's spat, here . . . notwithstanding it being a somewhat unconventional and numerically advantaged one. I don't think I'll comment any further; there's apparently something going on here among the SW Insiders that the rest of us are quite ignorant of. At second glance I think it's probably wise to keep it that way.

I won't even ask what mothers w/ credit cards are doing reading the Spiderweb boards.
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Warrior
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Curses! And I wanted my own SW-forum animal-rights argument! And now Nemesis. is redirecting me!

Redirecting me!

But you're both right: those arguments are pretty useless. Nobody ever changes their mind, they just make cogent (or not so cogent) arguments.

...except in real life. In real life, I have actually managed to shame a few people into not eating red (or pink) meat.

They insist it's for health reasons, but I know the true reason. I'm well aware of the sort of power my big mouth wields.
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a better translator for DOS games? in General
Warrior
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Thanks, Thuryl. I downloaded DOSShell and it works out pretty well; except that the sound's still messed up.

Maybe I should also be asking: Is there a better program out there than VDMSound, for fixing the sound problems? (Or maybe I'm just using VDMSound incorrectly... I thought all I had to do was run VDMSound and then run the game I want to play... . It doesn't seem to make any difference whatsoever.)
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Warrior
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I think this is the most evasive (and amusing) "discussion" of animal rights I've observed. Usually these sorts of things involve a lot of anger, resentment, and rolling eyes.

In fact: This thread isn't about animal rights at all! You're all avoiding the subject, aren't you?

Anyhow . . . I think I should thank Student of Trinity for not blaming me for generating this "discussion", but rather humanity's natural tendency to spontaneously turn a mondane topic into a sensitive one, even though I am, in fact, the instigator. Had he not put things in perspective, I would've thought that, by all rights, I should be punished . . . but now I know it's not my fault! It's in my genes! It's not my fault!

Anyhow, long story short: SoT is now on my Christmas List.

I also feel I should thank Goldenking for being a rational wise-ass during my absence.
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Absorbing creations: necessary? in Geneforge 4: Rebellion
Warrior
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Okay, maybe I don't remember the XP drains too well... I haven't played those games in a while.

As to cryoas... well, it's true that there aren't a 'lot' of enemies who are resistant to cold... it's just that whenever one pops up, it's a little annoying when my cryoa's breath-attacks render 0 damage.. and then I have to move the animal up to the foe, thus prompting the foe to either back up out of the way (and out of range of my own missile attacks) or else give my cryoa an unpleasant thumping.

Otherwise, as I've said, they're fairly good creations.

I'm not complaining. Sure, once in a long while they're useless... and they're not the only ones who experience those occasional moments of what-do-I-do?... but generally they're quite useful.
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Interested in spiderweb games, where to start? in General
Warrior
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In re: Rampancy's unfortunate love-triangle... maybe this is something that's missing from the Geneforge series. Seriously: I remember in G3 that every time Greta stopped me on the road and said: "Shaper, can we talk for a moment?", well, I could feel my heart thumping. I was hoping she wanted to confess that she had... well... certain feelings for me. But no! Every time, it was about the Serviles. Always about the Serviles!

...We could've done great things together, she and I... .
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Soylent Green - It's made out of people. in General
Warrior
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I don't know... let me see if I can conjure something good to say about him?

Here's something: For such a poor actor, he did seem to have a remarkable knack at getting movie parts.

Why was that? Was it the same reason John Wayne got parts? Was there something particularly 'manly' about him? It's so hard to tell... .

(I have a feeling I'm going to become really unpopular really soon, on these boards.)
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SPAM in General
Warrior
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I ate it when I was a kid, and very much liked the fat-laden heels. The rest was pretty dull, but when fried became less dull.

That was before I developed a sense of morality and realized that it wasn't nice to eat intelligent, defenseless animals.

C'mon, people! Be kind to your fellow creatures! Just because pigs can't speak English or French that doesn't mean they should be killed for it!

Besides... Spam is bad for your health.

Leave the Spam alone. Maybe some day they'll stop making that gross stuff.
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