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Superheroes in General
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You seem to have some rather strange plans on what to do with your invisibility. :P But it's right, it's a nasty surprise when you try to sneak between all those people soundlessly and suddenly everyone looks at you funnily and asks "What the hell are you doing?" :D Reminds me of that chapter in "The Hobbit" where Bilbo walks into that hall of orcs and suddenly notices he took off the ring. ;)

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"And all should cry, Beware, Beware!
His Flashing eyes, his Floating hair!" S. T. Coleridge
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"It is as if everyone had lost their sense
Consigned themselves to downfall and decadence
And a wisp it is they have chosen as their beacon." Reinhard Mey.
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Quote of the Week: "I have a high opinion of myself, which makes up for my total lack of intelligence." Anon.
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HORAY! in General
Law Bringer
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quote:
Originally written by Iolanda:

[QB]Gently asking where this school may be. Not in Bonn/Plittersdorf, isn´t it?

It's in Duesseldorf, but I live in Duisburg, in North-rine Westfalia.

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"And all should cry, Beware, Beware!
His Flashing eyes, his Floating hair!" S. T. Coleridge
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"It is as if everyone had lost their sense
Consigned themselves to downfall and decadence
And a wisp it is they have chosen as their beacon." Reinhard Mey.
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Quote of the Week: "I have a high opinion of myself, which makes up for my total lack of intelligence." Anon.
Posts: 8752 | Registered: Wednesday, May 14 2003 07:00
6 and a half hours later... in General
Law Bringer
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Things become popular because people like them, usually. :P

Some people think it's childish to adhere to the majority's views for the sake of being in the majority; it's just as childish to disagree with the majority for the sake of disagreing with it. People should form their own viewpoints no matter if they conform with the majority or not. For example, I mostly like classical music, like Bach etc, that is absolutely out of fashion, but that doesn't mean I'd be embarassed to admit if I enjoyed a song that is completely new and fashionable.

What I hate is people - not just children but adults in some cases - who speak of Tolkien as 'the guy who wrote the accompanying novel to that great fantasy movie, but who got loads of stuff wrong in his books'. Funnily, I read LotR exactly one year before the movie came out, so the film was a pleasant surprise ;) .

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"And all should cry, Beware, Beware!
His Flashing eyes, his Floating hair!" S. T. Coleridge
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"It is as if everyone had lost their sense
Consigned themselves to downfall and decadence
And a wisp it is they have chosen as their beacon." Reinhard Mey.
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Quote of the Week: "I have a high opinion of myself, which makes up for my total lack of intelligence." Anon.
Posts: 8752 | Registered: Wednesday, May 14 2003 07:00
Augmented Creatures? in Blades of Avernum
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In Avernum 3, there was IMHO a special feature that obviously allowed monsters to display a special name other than the monster class. If all those named tavern owners and priests were added up, that'd be quite a lot. They can't all be separate monster classes. I remember that you saw the name of all the townspersons.

I assume you're talking of Avernum 3 at least (because of the pit of the wyrm, which afaik is in A3). Would be really embarassing if I'm wrong... ;)

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I've heard there is the difference of trash can and dust bin, and some stuff like that. ;) That's very interesting to me, because over the holidays I have to write a large essay on the evolution of languages. There is more difference between American and British English than you'd think. :D

It's a miracle they understand each other sometimes. :P

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"And all should cry, Beware, Beware!
His Flashing eyes, his Floating hair!" S. T. Coleridge
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"It is as if everyone had lost their sense
Consigned themselves to downfall and decadence
And a wisp it is they have chosen as their beacon." Reinhard Mey.
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Quote of the Week: "I have a high opinion of myself, which makes up for my total lack of intelligence." Anon.
Posts: 8752 | Registered: Wednesday, May 14 2003 07:00
Echoes: Sailing in General
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Well he *did* sign with TGM, so I'm not sure if it's a transgression. It's not with the intent to deceive anybody into thinking it's you, TM :D .

That's what custom titles are for, as well. Not easy faking that. :P

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"And all should cry, Beware, Beware!
His Flashing eyes, his Floating hair!" S. T. Coleridge
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"It is as if everyone had lost their sense
Consigned themselves to downfall and decadence
And a wisp it is they have chosen as their beacon." Reinhard Mey.
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Quote of the Week: "I have a high opinion of myself, which makes up for my total lack of intelligence." Anon.
Posts: 8752 | Registered: Wednesday, May 14 2003 07:00
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Augmented Creatures? in Blades of Avernum
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I guess you can put in anything you like. That's what a scenario editor is for. ;)

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What feature that the Avernum series lacked would you most like to see in BoA? in Blades of Avernum
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First, you need to FIND the Ur-Basilisk, then you need to stay alive long enough to cast capture on it several times until it works. Basically, you can capture soul monsters only if you're able to kill one of them without breaking a sweat. Giant slugs are useful, I agree. Never get spell-casters however, they all spend their time blessing and hasting themselves instead of attacking the enemy.

The period of time between the point where you're able to capture, and summon useful monsters, and the point where you don't need them because you're strong enough, is rather short.

In any case, from what I've heard that CS&S is going anyway, it's a decided thing. And if you've ever tried persuading Jeff to make a change, you'll guess what it's like to persuade him NOT to make one. :P Good luck... :P

[ Friday, June 27, 2003 21:51: Message edited by: Arancaytar ]

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HORAY! in General
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I go to an international school in Germany, which uses the American grading system. However, the grade distribution differs between teachers. The Math and Science teachers all give grades according to the average score (so the better the average was, the worse your grade gets), while the Social Studies and Language teachers all give grades according to a consistent table, so the average grade varies between A's B's and C's. The highest passing minimum we have here is 60%, some teachers even have a lower one. :P

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"And all should cry, Beware, Beware!
His Flashing eyes, his Floating hair!" S. T. Coleridge
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"It is as if everyone had lost their sense
Consigned themselves to downfall and decadence
And a wisp it is they have chosen as their beacon." Reinhard Mey.
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Quote of the Week: "I have a high opinion of myself, which makes up for my total lack of intelligence." Anon.
Posts: 8752 | Registered: Wednesday, May 14 2003 07:00
6 and a half hours later... in General
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I've met lots of people who completely disliked David Eddings' books; however, I haven't really understood this. I mean, he's not the best writer around, but what is it you don't like? The writing style, the length of the books, the constantly recurring theme?

He basically chose the same plot in a different setting with his two series (the Belgarath and the Sparhawk one), with those two principles (Orb/Sardion, Bhelliom/Klael), and he had rather repetitive writing, but it's not as bad as some of the authors around. For example, have you ever read Karl May? :P

The problem with Philip Pullman's (I think that the His Dark Materials series was by him, correct me if I'm wrong), is that he wrote a book intended - judging by the protagonists and the point of view - for children and adolescents, but then put a lot of obscure philosophical stuff in that would have only been understood by adults mostly, and to compensate he makes the philosophical stuff really obvious and the storyline really simple. I had this feeling when I finished the last book, that I was disappointed in the ending, but only because I hadn't really understood it. I intend to read that book again in maybe 10-20 years to see if my views have changed. ;)

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"And all should cry, Beware, Beware!
His Flashing eyes, his Floating hair!" S. T. Coleridge
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"It is as if everyone had lost their sense
Consigned themselves to downfall and decadence
And a wisp it is they have chosen as their beacon." Reinhard Mey.
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Quote of the Week: "I have a high opinion of myself, which makes up for my total lack of intelligence." Anon.
Posts: 8752 | Registered: Wednesday, May 14 2003 07:00
HORAY! in General
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It depends on the teacher. In English, I've got a lenient teacher who makes it very easy to reach 90-100%. An average student would get 85-90%. However, the letter grade is calculated so that A is 93-100. B is 85-92. Everything below 60% is an F.

On the other hand, my physics teacher gives an A between 80-100%, and 60-80 is a B. The Average % is about 75-80.

See the difference? ;)

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"And all should cry, Beware, Beware!
His Flashing eyes, his Floating hair!" S. T. Coleridge
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"It is as if everyone had lost their sense
Consigned themselves to downfall and decadence
And a wisp it is they have chosen as their beacon." Reinhard Mey.
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Quote of the Week: "I have a high opinion of myself, which makes up for my total lack of intelligence." Anon.
Posts: 8752 | Registered: Wednesday, May 14 2003 07:00
Enforced "goodness" -- a good thing? in Blades of Avernum
Law Bringer
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Rpgs are about fighting. Not 100% fighting, but it's a necessary element. So just assume that killing evil persons is good in an rpg. I'm not saying it's like that in RL, but in rpgs you have to have at least some killing, or it's a bit boring.

In some of the old rpg games, you had this alignment:

Good
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Order (Law)--|----Chaos
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Evil
In this compass, Good represented 'not killing people for any cause', while evil represented 'ends justify (atrocious) means'. So a good chaos guy might be a compassionate dark elf (or 'drow') who works for chaos (or a revolution etc., ie. political 'left'), but is a pacifist. An evil lawful guy would be an egoistic, uncaring person working for a totalitarian law. This shows that it's not necessary to have only lawful/good or chaotic/evil persons.

Choosing between chaotic or lawful as a good character is very appealing. Being evil is sometimes, too, but after a while it gets unpleasant IMHO.

[ Friday, June 27, 2003 14:23: Message edited by: Arancaytar ]

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The Questions game... in General
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:D :D :D

Not bad actually ^_^.

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"And all should cry, Beware, Beware!
His Flashing eyes, his Floating hair!" S. T. Coleridge
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"It is as if everyone had lost their sense
Consigned themselves to downfall and decadence
And a wisp it is they have chosen as their beacon." Reinhard Mey.
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Quote of the Week: "I have a high opinion of myself, which makes up for my total lack of intelligence." Anon.
Posts: 8752 | Registered: Wednesday, May 14 2003 07:00
My forums in General
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BTW: Is it just me, or does the Lyceum board seem, well, not quite dead, but on life support? I mean, the last post in there was yesterday, and I go there about weekly now because so little happens.

And yeah, to have a good board, you need at least 10-20 people you know are going to join at once, before you create the board. New people will not post in a board that has barely come to life ;) .

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"And all should cry, Beware, Beware!
His Flashing eyes, his Floating hair!" S. T. Coleridge
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"It is as if everyone had lost their sense
Consigned themselves to downfall and decadence
And a wisp it is they have chosen as their beacon." Reinhard Mey.
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Quote of the Week: "I have a high opinion of myself, which makes up for my total lack of intelligence." Anon.
Posts: 8752 | Registered: Wednesday, May 14 2003 07:00
My forums in General
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There don't seem to be too many posts in there yet. :P

Well, it's better than getting flooded with spam. Good luck though, I hope you get a lot of members quickly. :)

Trend, ef? The only one I saw doing that before was dear FB :P . I hope that's not a bad omen concerning the future of Brenitt's board. ;)

[ Thursday, June 26, 2003 11:51: Message edited by: Arancaytar ]

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"And all should cry, Beware, Beware!
His Flashing eyes, his Floating hair!" S. T. Coleridge
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"It is as if everyone had lost their sense
Consigned themselves to downfall and decadence
And a wisp it is they have chosen as their beacon." Reinhard Mey.
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Quote of the Week: "I have a high opinion of myself, which makes up for my total lack of intelligence." Anon.
Posts: 8752 | Registered: Wednesday, May 14 2003 07:00
6 and a half hours later... in General
Law Bringer
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Well, I think the books are indeed not as good as most fantasy books, and I sometimes have the feeling that I'm not in the right age group to appreciate them. However, it's better than I could do :P , so that's good enough for me. I'll read them anyway, because in order to know whether a book is good or crappy, I need to have read it myself.

I'm not defending them. But, LI, your post seemed to me just a little too aggressive. I'm not accusing you of trying to start a flame war, but it might result in one if there any with strong opinions to the contrary here. ;)

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"And all should cry, Beware, Beware!
His Flashing eyes, his Floating hair!" S. T. Coleridge
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"It is as if everyone had lost their sense
Consigned themselves to downfall and decadence
And a wisp it is they have chosen as their beacon." Reinhard Mey.
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Quote of the Week: "I have a high opinion of myself, which makes up for my total lack of intelligence." Anon.
Posts: 8752 | Registered: Wednesday, May 14 2003 07:00
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I found the article Mangophobia mentioned! :) Click here This is actually a copy of a chain letter that copies the joke article from the Onion site. ;)

Oh, btw, I've run a search on "Harry Potter" + Rowling + Satan. Most of the pages I found are either jokes and parodies, or unavailable (taken off the web by their respective authors as likely as not, to retain a shred of a reputation as sane people :D )

I did find a few that made no mention of being jokes though. That's what scared me; I don't know they're serious, but if they are... :rolleyes:

Harry Potter: A new twist to Witchcraft

The Devil's Storiyteller

By far the funniest site I found was this:

Harry Potter: Satanic Godsend Mainstreaming Witchcraft

It complained about satires written about the matter - because 'some Good Christians take the joke seriously, write chain letters, and are maliciously given a bad name'. It amuses me no end, because in effect, they're saying satires are dangerous because Christians are too stupid to recognize them. :D

[ Thursday, June 26, 2003 08:22: Message edited by: Arancaytar ]

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"And all should cry, Beware, Beware!
His Flashing eyes, his Floating hair!" S. T. Coleridge
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"It is as if everyone had lost their sense
Consigned themselves to downfall and decadence
And a wisp it is they have chosen as their beacon." Reinhard Mey.
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Quote of the Week: "I have a high opinion of myself, which makes up for my total lack of intelligence." Anon.
Posts: 8752 | Registered: Wednesday, May 14 2003 07:00
What feature that the Avernum series lacked would you most like to see in BoA? in Blades of Avernum
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ADoS said that Capture Soul and Simulacrum will be replaced, and maybe Terror too. The former two spells are at least as useless as the third, IMHO.

While many players insist that Summoning sucks, I actually think it's useful in some places. CS&S, however, is ridiculously overpriced and gives only one monster. And when you are actually able to get the really powerful monsters captured, you'll usually not need them any more because you're strong enough to mash the enemies yourself. And with 30-40 spell points paid for summoning a single creatures, you can usually do a lot more useful things.

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btw: Omlette, how come your parents allow you to these boards - and the rpg games - at all? I mean, in fantasy rpg there's more magic and more demons and other stuff than all the HP books combined. :confused: Or do they just 'censor' the books, and not care about computer games?

What I also wonder about is why the LotR books by Tolkien never caused so much antipathy (as far as I know). I know Tolkien was a devout roman catholic, but what about J. K. Rowling, is she an atheist, or why would people react so much differently? :confused:

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"And all should cry, Beware, Beware!
His Flashing eyes, his Floating hair!" S. T. Coleridge
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"It is as if everyone had lost their sense
Consigned themselves to downfall and decadence
And a wisp it is they have chosen as their beacon." Reinhard Mey.
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Quote of the Week: "I have a high opinion of myself, which makes up for my total lack of intelligence." Anon.
Posts: 8752 | Registered: Wednesday, May 14 2003 07:00
Good New!! Please read in Blades of Avernum
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Do you know why, btw? :confused: I read somewhere that Jeff thinks it would hamper all BoE players because they'd have to update to play new scenarios. I'm not sure if he really gave this reason, because it basically is an extremely illogical argument. The flaw is that the only players needing upgrades are those who want to play scenarios designed with the new engine. Where do they get these? From the site. Where would they get the update? From the site :P . It's just another download.

And there could probably be a converter that converts old scenarios to be compatible with the new engine. The problem with patched versions is usually the compatibility of the new files with the old engine, but not the old files with the new engine. You can always program the new engine to accept the old files, but not the other way around.

[ Wednesday, June 25, 2003 13:34: Message edited by: Arancaytar ]

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Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair.
I have a love of woodwind instruments.
Posts: 8752 | Registered: Wednesday, May 14 2003 07:00
Good New!! Please read in Blades of Avernum
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You can actually edit your posts, you know. There's no need to make new posts for everything. Unless, of course, you want to get your post count up. :P But it's highly annoying. So don't do it. ;)

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Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair.
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Pet Peeves in General
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You forgot the brains. :P :P

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"And all should cry, Beware, Beware!
His Flashing eyes, his Floating hair!" S. T. Coleridge
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"It is as if everyone had lost their sense
Consigned themselves to downfall and decadence
And a wisp it is they have chosen as their beacon." Reinhard Mey.
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Quote of the Week: "I have a high opinion of myself, which makes up for my total lack of intelligence." Anon.
Posts: 8752 | Registered: Wednesday, May 14 2003 07:00
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Wait. You're joking, right? :eek:

I mean, HP is not the best book I've ever read (It doesn't even come close to Anne McCaffrey or David Eddings, which are also pretty mediocre IMHO), but to say it's the work of the devil is going a little far, eh? :P

I know that some schools/libraries have banned the books for that reason, but I can't really believe it. Anyone that thinks it's harmful, or 'satanistic' in any way has obviously never read it. :rolleyes:

Or did you just exaggerate?

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"And all should cry, Beware, Beware!
His Flashing eyes, his Floating hair!" S. T. Coleridge
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"It is as if everyone had lost their sense
Consigned themselves to downfall and decadence
And a wisp it is they have chosen as their beacon." Reinhard Mey.
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Quote of the Week: "I have a high opinion of myself, which makes up for my total lack of intelligence." Anon.
Posts: 8752 | Registered: Wednesday, May 14 2003 07:00

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