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Nothing's gonna change my world... in General
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We need more sedan chairs on our roads. They use renewable energy and each one creates at least four jobs!

—Alorael, who intends to be the first on his block to have human-powered transport.
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Help, Shade wont die! in Avernum 4
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By the time it's possible to kill the shades it's usually not terribly hard to do so without outside assistance. That's my experience with parties of four, anyway; singletons may need a few shades for backup.

—Alorael, who supposes another set of hands is always welcome, particularly for the earlier quest when all you want to do is some damage before a daring escape.
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The Handy Abominable Photo Thread in General
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quote:
Originally written by Nikki.:

It's never worked for me. The internet, I have concluded, hates me...

quote:
ZOMG!!!!1 Nico's a GIRL?!?!?!!?!?!?!!? Eeeeeeek!!!1!! GIRL germs! Girl GERMS! GIRL GERMS!!!!1111 Keep her away from me!
Right on, sister.

FYT. Although I'm actually not sure which way is funnier, really. Maybe both for completeness?

—Alorael, who can think of worse forum epithets than cute. Is there anything wrong with being cute? In the absence of creepiness surrounding it, which there hasn't been (much), and without any stalkerish harassment or danger of the internet spilling over into the real world, what better to be known for than concealment and eyebrows?
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Nothing's gonna change my world... in General
Law Bringer
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quote:
Originally written by cfgauss:

Taking 50 advil will kill you, too, but that doesn't make them "bad."
Actually, there's a pretty good chance that 50 Advil won't kill you. I still wouldn't recommend trying.

Anyway, is anyone here arguing against the use of nuclear power plants? I think there may be some preaching to the choir here.

—Alorael, who considers radiation one of the most dangerous things in the universe. It's an integral part of the heat death of everything, after all.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Nothing's gonna change my world... in General
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Three Mile Island. Chernobyl. Nuclear arsenals being the most terrifying things on the planet for sixty some years. Various movies and games with horrible mutants due to radiation. Nukes and nuclear byproducts can do frightening and grotesque things in a way that coal and oil can't. Their effects are slower and less spectacular.

—Alorael, who wouldn't want a nuclear plant anywhere near him, really. He'd want a coal plant near him even less, though, and not having to pay so much for gas (assuming an electric car, of course) would be nice.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Nothing's gonna change my world... in General
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Alternative fuels, clean energy, and other things would be nice, but we don't have them in usable forms right now. We do have nuclear power. If we weren't so terrified of having the plants built (NIMBY!), and if the proliferation of reactors to most of the world didn't form a large and real threat of nuclear attack, I'd call it the way to go without hesitation. As it is, I think countries with existing nuclear programs, plants, and arsenals should use as much nuclear power as possible.

The best solution to water usage isn't total, but it's quite doable: use less. Most water is used by showers and toilets, so installing water efficient plumbing makes a huge difference. Take shorter showers less often and flush less often. Beyond that water recycling is doable and is becoming increasingly necessary, but the byproducts of chlorine-based disinfection are genotoxic and carcinogenic. UV is probably better for us, but it costs a fortune. Reverse osmosis is even more energy-intensive and costly. Really we just need to live with less water. And we need agriculture that doesn't flood fields with government-subsidized water.

—Alorael, who thinks that the things that one can do in the short term and that he tries to do are water usage reduction, reduced stupid electrical consumption (turn things off!), and avoidance of cars when public transportation, bikes, or feet will do. Recycling is good.
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Heath Ledger in General
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Bah. Those old woodcuts had character and individuality that these modern artists lack. And digital? One good magnet and they're down for the count. The real classics are forever as long as you keep them away from fire.

—Alorael, who will have you know that Domenico Scarlatti was hewn from raw stone by hand. He's weathered centuries and he'll weather centuries more until erosion takes its toll.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Vacation in General
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I've even heard tell of some who live there...

—Alorael, whose facetiousness must end sometime just like all good things. This isn't looking like a good week for it, though.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Lark's Scrolls Troubles (spoilers) in Avernum 4
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You probably haven't bugged the quest, but you might need to deal with the earlier parts first. Lark first sends you to speak with someone else about the scroll, and that someone sends you on to Khoth's Lair. Don't go to the lair before hauling the copy of the scrolls to the other interested parties.

—Alorael, who gives you a lot of credit for remembering to check the original scrolls and not just talking to Lark. That's the most common error in the quest.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Homeland : The Stone of Night is now officially a freeware game in General
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Realmz and Exile have the same graphics because they both non-exclusively licensed graphics from the same artist, I think.

—Alorael, who has noticed that the Empire Dervish sprite is one of the most plagiarized pieces of art for simple tile-based homemade RPGs. Sad, maybe, but it probably suggests a big audience for E3 in its day.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Maxfield of Mertis in Avernum 4
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It's not a bug, although it might be unintentional. Consider it incentive to act as a proper protector of the innocent against the ravening monstrous hordes.

—Alorael, who has yet to encounter anything that ravens and is not a horde.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Spiderweb Demographics 2008 in General
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On whose authority are those 21 and under advised not to? Emotional immaturity seems a little hard to support. Any other immaturity is insane.

—Alorael, who can only suppose that the powers that be have realized that sex only works right when the participants are drunk. And to be legally drunk, you must be 21. Ergo, sex begins at 21. But to be safe, they tacked on another year. 22 and over only!
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
SimCity: the greatest evil? in General
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That's a realistic concern for much of Europe, and it's increasingly becoming a problem in America. Now if only SimCity let you declare an age of mandatory execution except in cases of continued employment...

—Alorael, who wonders how soon anyone will dare to campaign on that platform. Considering many politicians' ages, reelection could easily become a matter of life and death.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Homeland : The Stone of Night is now officially a freeware game in General
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Homeland, much like GC, is an average or maybe below average game that has become a widely renowned horror for comic effect. I can understand enjoying it, but people enjoy many things I don't. I personally found it to be utterly uncaptivating and somewhat irritating.

—Alorael, who vaguely recalls finding the rate of walking to be entirely unacceptable.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Glued much? in General
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Spiders. More specifically, spiders in my brain.

—Alorael, who really doesn't want any help getting them out. Thanks for the offers, though!
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
shorthand in verbal conversation in General
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I think we have a social or at least societal need to have a way to verbally transgress social norms. If common profanity becomes acceptable more extreme terms must be invented to keep invective a viable option.

Many euphemisms aren't about things considered obscene, though. Some are about being sensitive to, well, delicate sensibilities. Some are just absurd. Some exist solely for variety of expression.

—Alorael, who %$&@#s the $%#@ out of all the a@#%# in euphemisms. On another note, he can't recall ever having used that particular verb immediately after the "who" in his signature.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Homeland : The Stone of Night is now officially a freeware game in General
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Member # 335
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Spiderweb isn't always leaping around with gleeful posting, but it's never dead. Too much more activity would require many more people, and that hits the size where it's no longer possible to know most or even many of the posters.

Homeland's problem isn't that its graphics aren't pretty. Spiderweb graphics are usually serviceable but no more. The objection to Homeland is that it's ugly. I don't remember noticing the graphics either way when I played.

—Alorael, who hopes for an ironic twist of fate in which Homeland is acknowledged to be a good game only once it has achieved financial failure and been released for free. O fickle internets!
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
2007 Movies in General
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No Country for Old Men tops my list, Juno is surprisingly heartwarming and knows when to let its jokes go, and I still want to see There Will Be Blood. Sweeney Todd is a good movie, but it's not a great movie and the Broadway musical was a great musical. I still say getting the recording of the original Broadway performance for your collection is better than getting the Tim Burton DVD, although the Burton version is worth seeing.

—Alorael, who still hasn't seen I Am Legend and doesn't think he will. He does have to wonder, though, why that book is turned into a movie so frequently and why nobody actually just takes the story that Richard Matheson wrote and works with that without altering it in major ways.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Toadstools of STRENGTH! in The Avernum Trilogy
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The rope and the toadstools both probably function just fine if you equip them, which you can't. It's not clear if they're strange mistakes or oversights or odd game design humor, but they're around.

—Alorael, who wishes there were more swords with bonuses to polearms and spears with melee bonuses. In A5 it makes sense because of battle disciplines, and in Exile it make would make sense because of ambidexterity (not that those bonuses exist). In A1-4? Priceless.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
E3, somewhere around Libras in The Exile Trilogy
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You can't fight your way in. You can either glitch or hack (or apparently debug) to get there, but there's no correct way in. It probably sends you to Krizsan because Krizsan has the default town number for an entrance not set to anything else (town 0 in BoE parlance).

—Alorael, who considers getting sent to Krizsan better than getting stuck inside a wall, which is another possible result of going where you're not meant to be.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Spiderweb Demographics 2008 in General
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If atheism is the belief in the nonexistence of God, agnosticism neatly fills in as the belief that you don't know enough to believe in either the existence or the nonexistence of God. That's where I'd put myself along with being Jewish and along with thinking there is a higher spiritual entity, although the way I conceive of him/her/it/Him/Her/It isn't at all standard Jewish canon.

—Alorael, who would say that maybe there should be a distinction made for empirical atheism/agnosticism. No God until demonstrated otherwise. Not proven, necessarily, but at least raised as a serious possibility. All of this is rather far afield of the original question, which is as much or more about broad categorization and culture than it is about specific faith in this or that.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
World building poll in General
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Where do you put a fifth walking leg so that it can make up for the loss of more than one of the four primary legs? Also, unless external bilateral symmetry is tossed aside, it needs to be either a tale replacement (why?), put somewhere near the head, or protruding from the spine or the front of the torso. None of those positions really seem limb-like.

—Alorael, who has no problem with another appendage. It just doesn't seem plausible for that appendage to be called a limb, which implies that it's the same as the other limbs. All other concerns aside, limbs come in pairs and this thing doesn't.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Heath Ledger in General
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Member # 335
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quote:
Originally written by Kelandon:

quote:
Originally written by Rowen:

seems no one can escape unscathed from deaths grasp.
The problem with life is that no one can get out of it alive.

I intend to live forever or die trying.

—Alorael, who should turn cliché dispenser mode off now. Should, but won't.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
[Spam] in General
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Member # 335
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Do not post in spam threads, please. We can find them on our own.

—Alorael, who can also kill them on their own in his sleep. He's already gone to bed and is strictly running maintenance scripts right now.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
SimCity: the greatest evil? in General
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Our system is both bad and expensive, and it already requires a huge bureaucratic overhead to deal with various insurances and the potential lack thereof.

—Alorael, who is in favor of a single payer system because it can have only two outcomes: health care improves or it gets worse, the political types revert back to the current system, and everyone stops grumbling for a while. Yes, this is entirely serious.
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