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United 93 in General
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TM, people have been predicting America's demise since before it's independence. It hasn't happened yet. I see no reason to believe the situation has changed substantially. Americans can and will adapt to changing economic and political environments.

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"As our circle of knowledge expands, so does the circumference of darkness surrounding it." --Albert Einstein
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internet connection in General
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Does your neighbor realize you're using his wireless? [Smile]
Not sure. To be honest, I don't even know which neighbor's it is. Until someone complains, about it, I'm assuming they are cool with it. That being said, I'm only home for a few weeks here and there, so it's not like I'm using it constantly.

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"As our circle of knowledge expands, so does the circumference of darkness surrounding it." --Albert Einstein
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United 93 in General
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The "Mythic Dumbass" TM? I think that might be a bit much. Many people care about what happened on 9/11. The world has many problems, and you could very easily argue that, in the face or world hunger, terrorism is an insignificant threat. These problems don't take away from the horror that 9/11 was for so many people. Several factors made 9/11 such a mindblowing, horrific event for me. I will admit that the proximity to the events added something to the situation, I live in central PA, within 3 hours drive of all three crash sites. Yes, I am going to be a little unnerved by this. While I don't have any personal acquaintances who died in the attacks, I know some people who did lose friends. I knew people who worked at the pentagon and at the WTC, so yes, it made it more horrific for me. Call me an egocentric American if you wish, but it's a lot easier to be upset by something you actually cam experience. The other factor that made it so horrific, is that these deaths, unlike deaths from malnourishment, were caused by a premeditated malicious intent to take the lives of thousands of strangers. While famine is caused by the inaction of many, these events were caused by the actions of a few evil men. So, I guess I'm a mythic dumbass too.

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"As our circle of knowledge expands, so does the circumference of darkness surrounding it." --Albert Einstein
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internet connection in General
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When I'm at home, I use my neighbor's wireless connection. At school I have a high speed connection through the resnet server. I'm not sure how this is classified.

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"As our circle of knowledge expands, so does the circumference of darkness surrounding it." --Albert Einstein
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Alorael have finally get a Custom Title? in General
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OMG YEA! :D AND TEHN ID NOW IF IM A NOOB??? :confused:

You know, a talk like a noob topic might be fun. I doubt I have the clout to start one without swift and judicious lockage.

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"As our circle of knowledge expands, so does the circumference of darkness surrounding it." --Albert Einstein
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Alorael have finally get a Custom Title? in General
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Not true, it is a universally established fact that noobs deny their noobishness. By calling himself a noob, Ben is actually declaring that he is not a noob.

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"As our circle of knowledge expands, so does the circumference of darkness surrounding it." --Albert Einstein
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Alorael have finally get a Custom Title? in General
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The distinction between a newbie and a noob must be highly stressed in discussions such as these. A beautiful example of this distinction can be seen in Dikiyoba's first epic play.
Noobs can best be identified as BYE THERE BAD USE OF GRAMMER PUNCTUTATION< SPELLING ;) cAPiTALIZATION and exCESSIVE Emotticons and 133T speak, LOL ROFLMAO!! :D :D :mad: :mad: :eek: :eek: :confused:
lord llama is a pristine example of noobishness.
I plan to write a scholarly essay on the noob/newbie dichotomy at some point, and would be glad to share it with all of you.

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"As our circle of knowledge expands, so does the circumference of darkness surrounding it." --Albert Einstein
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Post Chat Snippets Completely Out Of Context in General
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TerrorsMartyr: Can we get beyond the semantics here and down to the issues that really count? Like ****ing five year olds.

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Alorael have finally get a Custom Title? in General
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Is he even pretending to be working on that anymore?

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"As our circle of knowledge expands, so does the circumference of darkness surrounding it." --Albert Einstein
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"Terror's Marlenny" contest in General
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It just said censored in big letters in place of the image for me. Was that the joke? Or has it really been censored.

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"As our circle of knowledge expands, so does the circumference of darkness surrounding it." --Albert Einstein
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New Playable Race? in Avernum 4
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Sorry, couldn't help myself.

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New Playable Race? in Avernum 4
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IMAGE(http://www.thealmightyguru.com/Humor/SayNo/Images/SayNo-Furries.png)

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"As our circle of knowledge expands, so does the circumference of darkness surrounding it." --Albert Einstein
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"Terror's Marlenny" contest in General
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I can't find any good pictures of Marl. Most of them are broken links. Any help here?

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"As our circle of knowledge expands, so does the circumference of darkness surrounding it." --Albert Einstein
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What exactly are slith avatars? in The Avernum Trilogy
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Avatar (अवतार in sanskrit) refers to a physical manifestation of a divine being.

EDIT: Interestingly Jeff seems to have borrowed several other terms in his game from Sanskrit, including Rakshasa (रक्षस) and Naga (नाग).

[ Monday, May 08, 2006 14:24: Message edited by: Wild Kinky Slugs ]
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Favorite song (to play) in General
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Cello: Tarantella by Squire, because my fingers can just fly all over the place by memory.
Elegie by Faure because it's such an emotive piece.

Piano: Tocatta and Fugue in d minor by J.S. Bach. It's actually an organ song, but I learned the first page or so on the piano, and it's loads of fun to play because it's such a recognizable tune.

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Games in General
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Twas a bad accident involving a contraceptive and a time machine.

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"As our circle of knowledge expands, so does the circumference of darkness surrounding it." --Albert Einstein
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Native Americans in General
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Where did you get the 20 to 50 million number?

[ Sunday, May 07, 2006 16:21: Message edited by: Wild Kinky Slugs ]

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Best Bad Guy in General
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The bad guy in The Patriot is pretty damn evil.

EDIT: On second thought, my vote goes to the Emperor, for his sheer manipulative brilliance.

[ Thursday, May 04, 2006 19:28: Message edited by: Wild Kinky Slugs ]

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The Abominable Photo Thread IV: A New Hope in General
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Yeah Cellos!

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If You Were President... in General
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Now, now, TM, don't bite.

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NBA Playoffs in General
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That is why they had the best record.

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Languages in General
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And its even easier to read a language than to write in it. Not sure how this applies to the discussion, but I thought I'd throw it out.

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Your musical tastes in General
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I really wasn't exagerrating when I said thousands of ways. Besides five or six different bowing styles I haven't mentioned, you can also shape notes, that is to say, start off with a slow vibrato then tighten it, then widen it again, all within the same note. You can slide into notes, or hit them on pitch. You can bow at different distances from the bridge. The combinations of these things are pretty much infinite. To complicate matters even further, every instrument, even identical models, have there own subtle differences in timbre.
While the sound from might be indistinguishable from the actual instrument (I am not convinced of this) it will not sound the same as Yo-Yo Ma playing it. It won't even come close. Why settle for second best?

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Your musical tastes in General
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Thralni: A sampler takes actual recordings of the instrument playing a note and then plays them back in the order you want, so it sounds real because it is real.
Whether it makes the same sounds as the instrument or not, it can't express the subtle changes in notes. I can play a high E on the cello about a thousand different ways. I can play it with a slow wide vibrato, or a fast tight vibrato. I can play it with long smooth bowing (legato), normal bowing (detache), loud accented bowing (marcato), short choppy bowing (stacatto), and many, many more. A sample of a note from an instrument is almost as bad as using a keyboard.

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US and Sudan in General
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I view it with indifference too. A bunch of upper middle class american liberal kids acting like they know something about real suffering. Its actually very funny.
I wouldn't know, being a conservative myself. And it is entirely possible for middle class kids to know about suffering. I spent a summer volunteering at a narcotics rehab center and spent other summers volunteering at a hospital. I've seen suffering. Perhaps not on the scale of what the Sudanese see, but that doesn't make my efforts less valid. If you apply your statement to it's logical end, you would be suggesting that only poor people should try to do anything about world poverty.

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