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Macintosh Architecture Poll in General
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I've used the Mighty Mouse and had no problem with it except odd configurations chosen by other users. Is squeezing to bring up Dashboard really necessary? I've never even seen the new keyboard, so I can't comment.

—Alorael, who briefly tried a wireless Apple-like mouse. It lost its Bluetooth connection so often and chewed through batteries so fast that he gave up and went back to the good ol' corded, transparent oblong that Apple made for years. It's not perfect, but it's comfortable and functional.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Macintosh Architecture Poll in General
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #16
quote:
Originally written by Thuryl:

Also, sometimes it's nice to have a numeric keypad.
Very much so, but that's just impelled me to invest in a keyboard that can sit on my desk when my laptop is at home.

—Alorael, who knows he'll have to get used to Apple's new keyboard (and, for that matter, Mighty Mice) eventually. For now he's steadfastly holding on to his old and rather grimy keyboard from circa 2000.
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Aranea cave (A1) in The Avernum Trilogy
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I can't remember exactly, but I'm pretty sure the fangs you're after are special items. They aren't dropped normally and you can't pick them up. Check your Special Items list in the character info window after the fight and see if they show up there.

—Alorael, who hopes that helps you collect your well-earned reward for mindless savagery and slaughter. Ah, adventuring!
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Deathmatch Tournament - Round Three in General
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But this is different. This is gimmmicks. It's like someone rejecting the chicken gods for being an offshoot of voodoo!

—Alorael, who happens to think the second sentence of this post is one of his very favorites. Ever. It has a certain I don't know what to it.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Deathmatch Tournament - Round Three in General
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Member # 335
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I don't have time for a full description of the fights yet, but I need to address one misconception:
quote:
Originally posted by Thralni
This cna't go on for that long, since Alo doesn't have an infinite stock, and eventually dies of an overdose.

I reserve the scientific right to approximate, and my supply is approximately infinite. And while my tolerance isn't even approximately infinite, it's definitely higher than I can feasibly reach in a finite amount of time.

—Alorael, who thinks the more important question is how nobody has considered that maybe vlish flotation is based less on flatulence and more on antigravity, which should be a matter of considerable interest to physicists.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
What will scare the heck out of McCain in General
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Thanks for reining yourself in, Zorro. For the rest of us, I prescribe a little more restraint on personal attacks and a sense of humor.

—Alorael, can at most see McCain as an ex-moderate. He's either running on a false platform now, and he'll probably have to deliver on it, or he's changed his political stripes. Either way, voting for him as a moderate isn't a good idea.
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What will scare the heck out of McCain in General
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Member # 335
Profile Homepage #47
quote:
Originally written by Emperor Tullegolar:

He believes that the federal government should be small (conservative) yet also with plenty of power vested in it (liberal).
This could also be considered an oligarchy.

—Alorael, who's kidding. Kidding! Please, Homeland Security internet monitors, don't believe that this is any disparagement of the great American political machine!
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
ryzom, next game ? in General
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I've unlocked this thread to add a bit of information. It's not quite as crazy as it looks on the surface.

quote:
From Wikipedia
On December 21, 2006, Nevrax SARL was eventually sold to the owners of GameForge AG, a German company specialized in webbrowser games, who started up GameForge France SARL as a 'sister company' and transferred all the rights.

...

As of early March 2008, the generally accepted, but unconfirmed by the company concerned, speculation was that SpiderWeb International Limited were in ownership of all assets.

I can understand the confusion between GameForge and Geneforge, and even more between Spiderweb Software and SpiderWeb International Limited. The companies aren't the same, however, and this Spiderweb has nothing to do with Ryzom.

—Alorael, who now returns this thread to its regularly scheduled lock.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Macintosh Architecture Poll in General
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Incompatibilities is really the wrong word. I just miss a few Classic programs and have to suffer through the usual pains of computer migration.

—Alorael, who spent an inordinate length of time trying to remember or find the name of the file that allows command line conversion of .lit to HTML. Only afterwards did he remember that he could just use Microsoft Reader now, if he really wanted to.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Macintosh Architecture Poll in General
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Member # 335
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Probably. I have both an Intel running Leopard and a PowerPC with Tiger.

—Alorael, who also finds the incompatibilities irritating. And he's still waiting on a way to get decent virtualization of OS 9.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Alorael Facts in General
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Member # 335
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That doesn't work. Every post overwrites all other posts in the thread with the new PDN. I could just keep them all listed in a single edited post for your convenience, but I've got it for my convenience already. You can just check my profile every day.

—Alorael, who likes his Tullegolized image. He's not quite sure where the wings have come from, though, except possibly Slarty vs. Desk.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Alorael Facts in General
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Member # 335
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I'm missing around three PDNs from a file corruption, but i've got most of the list. And I'm not sharing. As usual, a big cookie to anyone who can come close to listing them all!

—Alorael, who specifically excludes bots from anyone. Using the Endeavor is cheating.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
The Hobbit in General
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Member # 335
Profile Homepage #58
I think we're in agreement, except we view pulling emotional strings with music as part of the art of film and you view it as a cheap way to duck responsibility for making a film that does it without using music.

I can understand your view, but here's mine: music has been having emotional impact since there has been music. It's one of the things music is supposed to do. (I recommend Tolstoy's "The Kreutzer Sonata" highly on the subject.) Film is supposed to have emotional impact too.

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And this means treating every element of the film with sensitivity, intelligence and imagination. A bad sounddtrack can kill a film far more easily than a good soundtrack can make a film.
Agreed! But just because a film's soundtrack evokes emotional response on it's own, even if the movie doesn't merit it, doesn't make the soundtrack bad. There are, in fact, terrible movies with good scores. They don't become good movies; there may be some audiences "fooled" into being moved more than they should be, but that shouldn't be a condemnation of the soundtrack.

—Alorael, who can agree with your view of film scores only so far as Hollywood deliberately permits and encourages sloppy acting and directing because it can be covered up with a kitschy soundtrack. If the elements are independent, though, the movie is good or bad as the sum (or more than the sum) of its parts, and having a score that plucks those heartstrings isn't dishonest. It's art.
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SPAM in General
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Member # 335
Profile Homepage #109
Cucumber and carrot are popular vegetarian and/or California roll-style sushi fillings. I happen to like them.

—Alorael, who has enjoyed extremely good fish sushi on occasion. The problem is that even mediocre raw fish is terrible, whereas its really hard to cook raw vegetables wrong. The worst that you get is limp and tasteless, and there are many worse fates in food.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Gender and RPGs in General
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #64
Actually, most genetically altered yeast is even safer. The most common mutations make yeast more likely to drop dead and thus more dependent on the protection of its perfect growth environment.

—Alorael, who is still working on engineering his fighting yeast. Oh, they scoff now, but they'll soon learn fear when their bread rises up and beats them without mercy.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
If You've Never Posted, Read This. in General
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Anyone who spams this thread and who has over 5 posts will rapidly become the recipient of inordinate amounts of wrath. Don't do it, please.

—Alorael, who wants this thread to be a helpful and nurturing place where lurkers can feel safe and free to de-lurk, at least temporarily.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Back up Avernum data file in The Avernum Trilogy
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Member # 335
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On a Mac it's the Avernum/Geneforge/Nethergate/Exile Preferences file and you need to move it to the appropriate Preferences folder.

—Alorael, who believes Jeff has been fairly forthright about this. He does tell everyone to back up the file upon registration, doesn't he? At the very least it's on the website.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Gender and RPGs in General
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #62
There are occasional chemistry labs with microwaves, mostly because you can do some useful things and some strange things that are still only partially explained. And hey, microwaves are cheap!

—Alorael, who must comment that physics generally deals with the most orders of magnitude in measurement (subatomic particles to galaxies, Planck time to billions of years, and AMUs to, well, the mass of the universe. Biology, however, has the widest range in hazard and protection, from, say, baker's yeast to bubonic plague to Ebola. Don't heat your food in the lab's microwave unless you're working on yeast.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Gender and RPGs in General
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #58
quote:
Originally written by Jeran Korak:

I've played on servers with female players. There are three kinds.
The fact that you can break down half of the species (granted, significantly less than half of the server population, but still...) into three categories makes me suspect that you are grossly stereotyping, working from a minute sample size, or missing all the female players who don't conform to those types.

—Alorael, who has also played on servers with (allegedly) female gamers. While there may have been statistically significant differences in their overall behavior and attitudes, it wasn't anything he could notice casually. They were pretty much like everyone else. Then again, the gender ration was unusually close to even, for what that's worth.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
The Oscars! (for Mad Scientists) in General
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Member # 335
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Best Dramatic Monologue
Best Dire Imprecations
Best Maniacal Laughter
Best Use of Materials

—Alorael, who highly recommends a look at AIR for real-life mad, or at least somewhat misguided, science.
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