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Viva Italia !!!!!!! in General
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Profile #13
quote:
Originally written by Springer Bell:

Ah, soccer. The only sport Aussies suck at.

We shall do well, I hope. I highly doubt a win, but one can hope we will make it past the first round (Croatia, Japan, Brazil).

Well, you do have Guus "the Wizard of Oz" Hiddink selecting the players, that may make a difference. They may indeed survive the first round.

Argentina vs Brazil? Don't think so, the Argentinians(?) tend to have at least one bad match in each tournament and have left out some important players (think Veron). Anyway, for some reason `Spanish`-speaking countries tend to suck at tournaments (think Spain).

Surely, I would like the Netherlands to win, but my hopes are not high. The lack of a goalgetter will probably turn out to be problematic.

Germany? Given that hopes and spirits are low, there can only be a positive surprise. My bet? Ballack will not survive the first match against Costa Rica, and everything crumbles afterwards.

Brazil is having the best players, and if they manage to build a team with those they are unbeatable. But too many high-profile players can be hazardous.

My bet: France-Brazil 2-1
Posts: 21 | Registered: Monday, December 22 2003 08:00
The Big Club Theory in General
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To phrase Thuryl's point in an economic way: most species do not live in a world of 'perfect competition', where each individual animal is just able to survive. Rather, there tends to be (a bit) of abundance (of food, shelter, etc.) implying that not only the strongest animals survive, but also the somewhat weaker. This would be survival of the fitter, not just the fittest.

This implies that a first genetic change that makes an animal slightly less efficient (in terms of speed, weight, food processing, etc.) does not immediately leads to death. This facilitates evolutionary alterations that need multiple steps before being beneficial to a species.

To Kelandon: a difference between linguistic and biological evolution is the relative importance of network effects in linguistic evolution. If a subgroup of the population makes some changes to its language, the other members may not understand the `new' part of the language. If I decide that from now on I will call a chair `stoel', then that only works if you understand what I mean by `stoel'. This may be less important in biological evolution.
Posts: 21 | Registered: Monday, December 22 2003 08:00
for those of you with humor in General
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Profile #43
Best one I've heard:

This is the answering machine of [INSERT NAME]
If you want to make a donation, my bank-account is 52698374 [OR ANY OTHER ACCOUNT NUMBER]

[ Thursday, April 06, 2006 23:29: Message edited by: Josty ]
Posts: 21 | Registered: Monday, December 22 2003 08:00
What pet(s) do you own? in General
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When I was 6 or so, I had a vicious rabbit, who gnawned on about everything he could, including clothes and skin. One day the rabbit was missing, and coincidentally, the TV didn't work. Well, actually it was not a coincidence, as the rabbit had decided to gnaw on the TV-cable and got electrocuted.

Any way, now I am more of a cat person, got two, both European shorthairs, a red grown-up Elmo and a black kitten Nikki.

[ Monday, August 02, 2004 02:10: Message edited by: Josty ]
Posts: 21 | Registered: Monday, December 22 2003 08:00
Motrax and Naga in The Exile Trilogy
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Great protection Motrax received then, if a chapter 1 party could kill him....

More seriously, isn't Motrax supposed to give you some clues / info in chapter 4?
Posts: 21 | Registered: Monday, December 22 2003 08:00
A1-3: Skill Points in The Avernum Trilogy
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Nope, in A1, the potion is also called knowledge brew (given 5 skill points).
Is that bad memory Alorael, or just another version 1.0 reply?
Posts: 21 | Registered: Monday, December 22 2003 08:00
weaponsA1,A3 in The Avernum Trilogy
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In A1, the flaming sword does pretty well, and you get it fairly early in the game. Surely, demonslayer is better against demons, but not against other enemies. Make sure to collect smite (a halberd or pike) before doing the giants quest, as the additional damage to giants is good. Otherwise, the best halberd is the blessed halberd. Early in the game, stick with a fine slith spear.
Does it holds for all avernum games that crossbows do twice as much damage as normal bows? That holds fur my current A1 game, even though my crossbow-wielder is less skilled than the PC with the normal bow?
Posts: 21 | Registered: Monday, December 22 2003 08:00
Strength stat vs inventory weight in The Avernum Trilogy
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yep, that's a good guess! ;)
Posts: 21 | Registered: Monday, December 22 2003 08:00
Quarantine in General
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Economically speaking, Kelandon is probably right about protectionist countries hurting themselves in the long run.
The problem is, they also hurt other countries in the short run. All mayor western countries (US, Europe, Canada, Australia) engage in this behaviour, protecting their own primary industries (agriculture, fisheries, raw materials), from the cheaper substitutes coming from developing countries. As it is forbidden by the WTO, quality restrictions on import are being levied, having the same result as import blockings.
(No, I am not an anti-globalist, I am actually an pro-globalist: the more free trade, the better)

However, there can be exceptions, but they must remain EXCEPTIONS. As soon as some contagious disease arises, nearly everything should be allowed to prevent spreading. Some recent examples in Holland have learned me that only a very harsh approach leads to the desired result.
So, as soon as there is a disease, no transport at all shuld be allowed. All holders of the disease should be destroyed (if non-human) or be put in quarantine (if human). Suspicuous products should be destroyed. Suspicious humans should be put in quarantine (but preferably not in the same location as those who have the disease for sure). Suspicious animals is more difficult, but I think destroying is best. You may kill some healthy animals, but it may prevent the suffering of many more.

As to where to put the blame, it depends. Most diseases have a natural starting point, and you cannot blame the first victim. However, any violation of, for instance, transportation restriction in and out of affected areas should be punished severely (at least 1 year of prison).

[ Monday, June 28, 2004 02:20: Message edited by: Josty ]
Posts: 21 | Registered: Monday, December 22 2003 08:00