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What video gmaes would you like to see made into movies... no Halo! in General
Raven v. Writing Desk
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I think Chrono Trigger would actually make a pretty good movie. The game is as cinematic as they get, the story is told well, and the characters are plausible. It would probably need to be thoroughly condensed.

On second thought maybe what I really want is a live action Chrono Trigger on youtube.

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Omaha Mall Shooting in General
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This topic reminds me of the battle against Neptune in Final Fantasy IIIj. Although the battle is pleasant enough, and you can freely run away, Neptune has 65534 HP. If you do finally knock out all his hit points, though, you are pushed back a square just as if you had run away: and if you try to pass through the channel, you have to fight him again.

Now, if only we had a spell to shrink ourselves so we could walk into Stillness's left eye socket.

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Bipolar in General
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Then what IS feeling/intuition?

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Geneforge Avernum link? in Geneforge 4: Rebellion
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I am locking this topic because nothing good will come of it.

Darkling, while I agree with you heartily, I am also asking you to chill out. Please refrain from calling people stupid (or retarded) just because they disagree with you. Personal attacks are a violation of the Code of Conduct. Consider this a friendly warning.

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Bipolar in General
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Alternately, just read some Einstein.

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Bipolar in General
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Originally written by Synergy:

...Often no matter how much I try, words fail me. My main conclusion is that qualities of my personality type, generation, and interests are all in a minority here, so it is frequently like trying to communicate in a different language to be understood. I do not have this problem in other environments in a similar way. If I did, the logical conclusion would be that it is entirely my own disconnect occurring. As Alex pointed out intuitively early on in my appearance here, "you're an NF, aren't you?" I am largely not amongst my kind in an environment full of people whose preoccupations are the hard sciences. This becomes extremely frustrating, irritating, or discouraging at times...
Except it isn't just young, concrete-thinking scientists who have trouble understanding what you are trying to say. I have that problem too, and I belong in most of the same demographics as you: abstract thinker, eccentric thinker, emotion preferred to reason, psychotherapy career, nontraditional theism, etc. I'm younger than you, but not dramatically so.

It may well be that you come across more clearly in person: that's true for many people. But don't blame demographics.

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Bipolar in General
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This probably won't be helpful feedback. But I'm going to try anyway.

Syn, you have commented on several occasions that people have a hard time understanding what you are trying to say. If this is the case on multiple occasions and for many different readers, you might want to consider the possibility that your prose is not taking the most direct route to your intended meaning.

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comic? in The Exile Trilogy
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Muffin Squad?!?!?

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An ode to Jeff Vogel in General
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If Angband came on a CD...

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Bipolar in General
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your entire line of work is allowing people whose experience has made them miserable to hide from it in some selective way. Medication changes the experience. That's why it is ideal, in the long run - it doesn't involve trying to reconcile contradictory experience, or trying to file away what one experiences as irrelevant when under certain conditions.
While I agree with many of your statements in this topic, Alec, this one is baloney and you know it. I'm sure there are therapists who try to hide from experience and sweep things under the rug for a quick fix. Those people are quacks, and they are not practicing psychotherapy. The whole point of psychotherapy is to face experience.

From your last sentence above I wonder if you were thinking specifically of the treatment of deep psychoses. For those you are right: talk therapy can't help you face experience because there is not enough organizable experience to face, and drugs are essential. But where regular demoralization is concerned, you're way off.

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World building poll in General
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I can't believe no one has suggested the donut-shaped world yet.

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Omaha Mall Shooting in General
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None of those summaries (I admit I haven't read the links) tie it to anatomy. They tie it to demographic fact about the people involved. That demographic fact is related to anatomy, it's true; but it's also related to other things that Alorael mentioned: lack of public acceptance leading to closeted behavior and inability to permanently couple. The biggest risk factor for STDs is number of partners. Obviously, in a faithful couple where neither party has sex with anyone else, no STDs will be transmitted since none will be introduced. So if there is a divine message in any of those statistics, surely it's "be faithful!" and not "don't lick vaginas!"

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Arrows in Avernum 4
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There are no arrows in Avernum 4, because you aren't required to hold onto a stock of ammunition for bows. It was deemed too much of a hassle, without adding anything to the game. Pretty cool system.

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Rocky's Revival (World of Avernum Factional RP Revival Discussion) in General
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Aran: See Ephesos's post above.

I'm inventing a new acronym for you: RTFT :)

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Omaha Mall Shooting in General
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Originally written by Stillness:

Google diseases common to sodomy and vaginal-oral sex if you think these things are good. There are doctors that specialize in treating homosexuals for this reason.
If you don't want to discuss this issue, don't bring it up. Since you brought it up in such an absurd way, it's clearly going to be discussed. If sexually transmitted diseases are the reason you think anal sex and vaginal oral sex are bad, doesn't that apply to a similar degree to vaginal sex and genital oral sex? Yes, I am aware that disease transmission works differently depending on the type of contact (obviously). But there's plenty of chance for disease transmission in any kind of sex, most especially any kind of penetrative sex. If anything this is an argument for lesbianism.

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Originally written by Thuryl:

A woman is allowed to do something that I'm not: namely, marry a man. That's sexual discrimination, and if you want to justify it you're going to have to do better than claim it isn't discrimination.
How did it take you all so long to hit on this? Every single post I was waiting for it.

How did it take you so long to recognize this? This is the same thing that Alorael, myself, and several others were saying again and again for pages now.

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Originally written by Fernication:

it's false to suggest that you can prejudge a group on the basis of its composition without also prejudging its members…

[1] Individuals have races.
[2] Marriages do not, so you can't discriminate between marriages based on the race of the marriage.
[3] Therefore, it would be perfectly reasonable to pass a law recognizing only marriages that include both a black person and a white person.

Do you agree with that statement as well?

If you substitute "gender" for "race" and "a man and a woman" for "a black person and a white person" this is your exact logic.

No it is not. This is discrimination against individuals, more along the lines of what Thuryl is arguing above, only with genders. While the government is making a distinction on the nature of the marriage based on the sexes of its partners, it’s not prejudging to say a male is a male, a female is a female, or that a union of these two is different from any other.

I don't see the difference. Let me extend your explanation to my example:

"While the government is making a distinction on the nature of the marriage based on the races of its partners, it's not prejudging to say a black person is a black person, a white person is a white person, or that a union of these two is different from any other."

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It certainly lacks the meaning in differentiating between male and female because the very existence of humanity is tied to the uniting of the two sexes. And it’s becoming less and less meaningful as the world becomes a smaller and smaller place and more and more “interracial” babies are born.
This is a good argument for why gender is more meaningful than race. But it doesn't explain why gender should be more connected to government benefits than race should be.

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By the way, I’m completely open to the possibility that my views on homosexuality affect my view of the logic inherent to the arguments for legalization of homosexual marriage. That’s the very reason I challenged you all. I’m a skeptic and I try to be intellectually honest and logical. I’m really trying to see your perspective and I am in some ways. But, are you open to the possibility that your views on what is moral and what is not color your perception of logic?
This is an intelligent comment. The solution to this kind of situation, where we are aware that morality or emotion might be affecting our rationality, is to be ruthlessly rigorous with our logic, and to seek out all of its underpinnings. The fundamental disagreement here seems to me to be that your logic depends on a distinction between genders and our logic depends on applying rights and benefits without regard to gender.

[ Tuesday, December 18, 2007 08:50: Message edited by: Fernication ]

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Rocky's Revival (World of Avernum Factional RP Revival Discussion) in General
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Diplomatic.

As there were far, far too many goblins for them to just disappear entirely, they can be resolved as follows: the Gobby Gods were in fact the rakshasi, who were manipulating poor Glogroth. (I had that planned all along.) With the rakshasi despatched: No gods, no leader, the goblins collapse back into innumerable squabbling groups of goblins of no political signifigance, though still being a huge presence on the surface in terms of raw numbers.

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Omaha Mall Shooting in General
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No, it's not.

Stillness has said that he believes that, but he has explicitly avoided using it as an argument for anything.

There are places where Stillness has not provided a reasonable argument, and it may be construed -- as you seem to be construing it -- that Stillness actually arrived at his conclusion by means of "homosexuality is bad." However, it really doesn't matter. Lack of a reasonable argument is lack of a reasonable argument; it doesn't really matter what is motivating the lack of reason.

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The War on Christmas in General
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Didn't you hear? The angry mob was killed.

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quote:
Originally written by Stillness:

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[1]Individuals have races. [2]School districts do not, so you can't discriminate between school districts based on the race of the school district. [3]Therefore, it would be perfectly reasonable to pass a law giving millions of dollars in educational spending only to school districts that are predominantly white.
Do you agree with that statement as well?

Statement 1 & 2 are cool. But, if school districts don’t have races, then what do you mean when you say in 3, “ school districts that are predominantly white”? It sounds as if you’re saying the school districts can have a race so that one could discriminate on that basis. So a “predominantly white” district is a misnomer in this context even though we get the implied meaning which is ”school districts that are comprised of more white individuals than non-white.” So what they are really doing is favoring individuals on the basis of race. Non-white individuals would be discriminated against just because they’re not white. It's just individual discrimination that your wording makes appear differently.

Yes, agreed completely! This is what I was getting at with the example: it's false to suggest that you can prejudge a group on the basis of its composition without also prejudging its members.

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Restricting recognition of marriage to opposite sex pairs is not like this. Since everyone has a sex, they are free to pair with anyone of the opposite sex. The government doesn’t treat a homosexual that does or does not want this any differently than it treats a heterosexual that doesn’t. It's saying, "Anybody, regardless of race, sex, or sexual orientation that pairs this way will be recognized."
Except you can't pair that way regardless of sex. That's like saying "Anybody, regardless of race, that is in an all-white school district will be given funding."

Let me give another example to make the link between your marriage example and my school district example a bit clearer:

[1] Individuals have races.
[2] Marriages do not, so you can't discriminate between marriages based on the race of the marriage.
[3] Therefore, it would be perfectly reasonable to pass a law recognizing only marriages that include both a black person and a white person.

Do you agree with that statement as well?

If you substitute "gender" for "race" and "a man and a woman" for "a black person and a white person" this is your exact logic.

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Here is a condensed repost of something I posted before that you missed. It's a very clear and very relevant question. You may well have an intelligent way to address it, but if you don't, it leaves a pretty gaping hole in your argument. So I'm still looking for an answer:

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But even if a couple don’t have sex or children, the government still recognizes them as married for whatever reasons. If you are making an argument for a different type of union to be recognized, make it a logical one.
How exactly is "for whatever reasons" a logical argument? I'd like to know what exactly those reasons are.

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Rocky's Revival (World of Avernum Factional RP Revival Discussion) in General
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After I dropped out, Tyranicus made a copy of the faction summary with one or two minor updates. I think it's still on his site.

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Another Old School Game in General
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Realmz had numerous flaws. Realmz was successful despite those flaws because it got a lot of things right. It had vibrant, inviting graphics, much like Exile III. It was easy to figure out how to play and let you jump right in. The demo scenario was open-ended -- which works great at low PC levels, as it allows the player a lot of freedom without causing much game imbalance.

My experience with Realmz was always that it would be fun for a while, and then the lack of depth in combat and the obtusely visible seams in everything else would conspire to make me disillusioned with it.

Eschalon is similar, I think: it gets a lot of things very right, but has some very ugly flaws. The other similarity is that Realmz and Exile were often compared, as the two contemporary Mac indie RPGs. Eschaton and Avernum are in a similar position now. As RPGs go, all four of those games have a lot in common, and they all derive fairly closely from Ultima, with some influence from Wizardry and other games.

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