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I find it quite telling of the moderatorial staff in General
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TerrorsMartyr: shes dumb
TerrorsMartyr: tell her to die
TerrorsMartyr: inf

And that would be all.

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"Toleration is not the opposite of intoleration, but is the counterfeit of it. Both are despotisms. The one assumes to itself the right of withholding liberty of conscience, and the other of granting it."
---Thomas Paine

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Humans Only in General
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Originally written by Emperor Tullegolar:

So, humans: naturally good or naturally evil?
At face value, this is interesting question. Looking more closely, it's nonsense, like ef said.

I note you use the word "naturally" - what is your definition for this in the context? Are you suggesting that humans are born one way or another, and ethical behavior is genetic?

Your question also generalizes. Are all humans naturally ethical or unethical (which I gather you mean by good or evil), and those who behave otherwise are going against their nature? Are they doing so consciously?

There is evidence that humans can behave in certain ways without being aware of their reasons for doing so. If it is possible to unconsciously go against one's nature, then how can we know that this nature existed in the first place? Doesn't that turn the entire debate into pure speculation and sophistry?

Finally, what code of ethical behavior are you defining as "good"? For example, is a religious or non-religious person evil? Is an opponent of abortion good? Or are you just using the generic concept of not harming other humans?
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General chat times poll in General
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Scheduled chats with no purpose other than chatting are the greatest lunacy ever conceived. And on this forum, that is saying a lot.

Important conferences are scheduled because members need to attend. They are logged because members who weren't there need to know what was said. This goes for the blades chats, which are about actual topics.

The general chats are pure conversation and gossip. I say, have these chats, and log them if you want, but for heaven's sake stop scheduling them.

"On March 13 2006, between 0100 and 0400 GMT, the members of Spiderweb will convene in an AIM chatroom to discuss... uh... stuff."

And if you think you need to schedule them so more people can attend, then at least refrain from trying to eliminate random chats. The way to have random conversation is randomly - just keep the window open when you're online, and wait for other people to come in.

[ Monday, March 13, 2006 01:27: Message edited by: Albus Dumbledore ]

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"Toleration is not the opposite of intoleration, but is the counterfeit of it. Both are despotisms. The one assumes to itself the right of withholding liberty of conscience, and the other of granting it."
---Thomas Paine

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Favourite Avignon Pope in General
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Yay for excommunicating an entire city. It appears "surgical strikes" were no different then. At least this particular weapon of mass destruction probably did not inflict any physical harm...

Anyway, I feel unqualified to vote because I don't know about these popes and don't have the motivation to read the Wikipedia entries.

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"Toleration is not the opposite of intoleration, but is the counterfeit of it. Both are despotisms. The one assumes to itself the right of withholding liberty of conscience, and the other of granting it."
---Thomas Paine

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RWG in Richard White Games
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It has been running for all eternity, since the Dawn of Time And when it finishes, the apocalypse will be upon us!

What, you cannot see the forums that are already there? That is only because of your lack of vision, sir. :)

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"Toleration is not the opposite of intoleration, but is the counterfeit of it. Both are despotisms. The one assumes to itself the right of withholding liberty of conscience, and the other of granting it."
---Thomas Paine

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My Nanowrimo Novel - Vahnatai stuff! in Blades of Avernum
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A hole book, presumably, is one that has a hole in the middle. These were sometimes used to hide valuables from burglars.

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"Toleration is not the opposite of intoleration, but is the counterfeit of it. Both are despotisms. The one assumes to itself the right of withholding liberty of conscience, and the other of granting it."
---Thomas Paine

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CREATING A MESSAGE BOARD(NEED A HAND!!!) in General
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quote:
Originally written by ben ben:

JavaScript can help if you know it, but a BBS with it might be a little clunky.
"Clunky." "Might." A BBS in JavaScript. *wibble* :eek:

That said, a board could be made in Java or Flash (both are interpreted on the client side, so no server issues like with PHP), but it would not only be clunky and take more time to make than a real forum, but would be basically the equivalent of writing a text document with MS Paint. Possible, but... wrong.

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"Toleration is not the opposite of intoleration, but is the counterfeit of it. Both are despotisms. The one assumes to itself the right of withholding liberty of conscience, and the other of granting it."
---Thomas Paine

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CREATING A MESSAGE BOARD(NEED A HAND!!!) in General
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When was this time, and why would it have been?

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"Toleration is not the opposite of intoleration, but is the counterfeit of it. Both are despotisms. The one assumes to itself the right of withholding liberty of conscience, and the other of granting it."
---Thomas Paine

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Runescape anyone? in General
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I'll go try it. It's been ages since I've played a mmorpg of any quality whatsoever.

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"Toleration is not the opposite of intoleration, but is the counterfeit of it. Both are despotisms. The one assumes to itself the right of withholding liberty of conscience, and the other of granting it."
---Thomas Paine

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Eeeeeeew. in General
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"an evil dude who hates the ppl and kills them"...

Actually, that is the simplest definition of a plot element that is prevalent through nearly all roleplays. :P

Mh...
- The Silvar Inn
- The Sands of Time

Admittedly, the use of the non-word "ppl" is suprisingly rare.

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"Toleration is not the opposite of intoleration, but is the counterfeit of it. Both are despotisms. The one assumes to itself the right of withholding liberty of conscience, and the other of granting it."
---Thomas Paine

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Runescape anyone? in General
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1. Does it cost money?

2. Does it suck?

If both can truthfully be answered with "No", then I might give it a try.

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"Toleration is not the opposite of intoleration, but is the counterfeit of it. Both are despotisms. The one assumes to itself the right of withholding liberty of conscience, and the other of granting it."
---Thomas Paine

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RWG in Richard White Games
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quote:
Originally written by Icshi:

No, not exactly.

When Forum 6,432,766,349,448,872,395,334,773 arrives, it will be the materio-psionic manifestation of that error in our universe. Once it has materialized, RW will be permanently locked out of the source code, and only Forum 6,432,766,349,448,872,395,334,773 will be able to make changes, propogating the original error out of proportion to transform all of Time and Space into its plaything to torment for all eternity.

It is the harbinger of inescapable doom, not the instrument of our salvation.

It might be possible for Drakefyre to enter certain settings for the six septillion four hundred thirty-two sextillion seven hundred and sixty-six quintillion three hundred and forty-nine quadrillion four hundred and forty-eight trillion eight hundred and seventy-two billion three hundred and ninety-five million three hundred and thirty-four thousand seven hundred and seventy-third forum that will indirectly affect the erronious line in the code and fix it.

However, this requires that he first creates a memory overflow by opening the six septillion four hundred thirty-two sextillion seven hundred and sixty-six quintillion three hundred and forty-nine quadrillion four hundred and forty-eight trillion eight hundred and seventy-two billion three hundred and ninety-five million three hundred and thirty-four thousand seven hundred and seventy-second forum and spamming it with the same number of posts. It remains to be hoped that this backdoor to the code remains unclosed; otherwise the universe will segfault and be replaced by something even more bizarrely inexplicable.

And that's enough for today, aye?

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"Toleration is not the opposite of intoleration, but is the counterfeit of it. Both are despotisms. The one assumes to itself the right of withholding liberty of conscience, and the other of granting it."
---Thomas Paine

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Kissing a girl in General
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quote:
Originally written by The Seraphim:

Can't we all.... just get along?
That is what I was hinting at in the previous post.

:)

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"Toleration is not the opposite of intoleration, but is the counterfeit of it. Both are despotisms. The one assumes to itself the right of withholding liberty of conscience, and the other of granting it."
---Thomas Paine

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Galactic Core in Richard White Games
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quote:
Originally written by WST ben:

My relgionion is Christianity.
A relgionion is like any other onion, except you pray to it?

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"Toleration is not the opposite of intoleration, but is the counterfeit of it. Both are despotisms. The one assumes to itself the right of withholding liberty of conscience, and the other of granting it."
---Thomas Paine

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Undead Topics Need Loving Too (aka "Give Me Your First-Born") in General
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BoE. And it's a series. Five Echoes scenarios are in TM's signature right now; all of them BoE scenarios. I don't remember if TM ever ported them or planned to...

[ Wednesday, October 19, 2005 02:00: Message edited by: Albus Dumbledore ]

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"Toleration is not the opposite of intoleration, but is the counterfeit of it. Both are despotisms. The one assumes to itself the right of withholding liberty of conscience, and the other of granting it."
---Thomas Paine

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What's your best joke? in General
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Granted, but even there, the details are only in it to raise the tension. You make no mention of the rich man's eye color, I note. ;)

I know one other joke that does this, and it really can't be told in writing. You start thusly:

"What's big and green, eats stones, and lives five meters underground?"

"A big green stone-eater."

Optionally, you can now throw in some other stupid question/answer jokes like this one, before leading up to the next part. As said, it's the length that counts.

Change the topic. This is the hardest part to do, because you want to distract and make people partly forget the joke you just told, but not completely.

Eventually, pose this hypothetical scenario (how you lead up to it is your business): Imagine the Earth's core was solid and at normal temperature, so that you could burrow a tunnel through it. That's a *vertical* tunnel, passing right through the Earth's core and coming out on the opposite side, somewhere in Australia possibly.

Keep in mind the Earth is about 40,000 kilometers wide in circumference, and its gravity acceleration is 9.81 ms^-2 . Now, imagine you take a stone and let it fall into the hole.

Will the stone reach the other end?

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*drumroll*

No!

Why? Well, it falls five meters, and then it reaches the big, green stone-eater...

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"Toleration is not the opposite of intoleration, but is the counterfeit of it. Both are despotisms. The one assumes to itself the right of withholding liberty of conscience, and the other of granting it."
---Thomas Paine

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What's your best joke? in General
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quote:
Originally written by Thralni, emperor of Riverrod:

quote:
Originally written by Atrus:

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Originally written by Detta:

A mathematician and a physicist agree to a psychological experiment. The (hungry) mathematician is put in a chair in a large empty room and his favorite meal, perfectly prepared, is placed at the other end of the room. The psychologist explains, "You are to remain in your chair. Every minute, I will move your chair to a position halfway between its current location and the meal." The mathematician looks at the psychologist in disgust. "What? I'm not going to go through this. You know I'll never reach the food!" And he gets up and storms out. The psychologist ushers the physicist in. He explains the situation, and the physicist's eyes light up and he starts drooling. The psychologist is a bit confused. "Don't you realize that you'll never reach the food?" The physicist smiles and replies: "Of course! But I'll get close enough for all practical purposes!"
The thing to remember, of course, is that your arm has a reach of nearly a meter. :P

Some guy posted the dog joke in the other thread (too tired to check), and it's still dumb. While it indeed does not add anything to the joke whether the other person is a (Jewish) rabbi, and it does not matter whether the book the dog is opening is a (Christian) bible, both together indicate an inconsistency. This alone generates a potential set-up for a punchline, but is left hanging in the air. This distracts from the actual joke, which isn't that good in the first place.

Wow, I needed that rant. :)

It was me also who posted the same joke there, and PLEASE!! DON'T start correcting every bit of the Jewish things that I don't do totally perfect!!!

preg_replace('/!+/','/!/',$post);The funny thing is, I'm neither a Jew nor a practicing Christian (agnostic, rather). It has nothing to do with knowing anything about religion, but rather with telling good jokes. If it doesn't add to the punchline, leave it out. The hair color, age, favorite food and height of the rabbi has nothing to do with the joke; neither does his profession or religion.

If you add trivial details, the joke becomes boring and too long.

[ Wednesday, October 19, 2005 00:30: Message edited by: Albus Dumbledore ]

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"Toleration is not the opposite of intoleration, but is the counterfeit of it. Both are despotisms. The one assumes to itself the right of withholding liberty of conscience, and the other of granting it."
---Thomas Paine

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Eeeeeeew. in General
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Not too long ago, there would not have been much room for us to criticize.

We have come a long way indeed, although MoS is still messy as hell.

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"Toleration is not the opposite of intoleration, but is the counterfeit of it. Both are despotisms. The one assumes to itself the right of withholding liberty of conscience, and the other of granting it."
---Thomas Paine

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Kissing a girl in General
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An agree-to-disagree argument is never founded in logic. There are few (if any?) areas where it is possible for two opposing beliefs to be both logically derived. In most areas, in fact, it is impossible for a single idea to be logically derived. On what end do you open a boiled egg?

The argument is less an appeal to reason than an attempt to gracefully withdraw from the argument without submitting to your opponent's opinion. It indicates that the idea is less important than avoiding conflict.

If the opponent's reaction to this withdrawal is a continued attack or an assumption that you have been convinced (or admitted defeat), then they are more interested in their idea than in peaceful coexistence.

Some debaters, however, employ this as a feint: Claiming such a withdrawal and then continuing the argument or restarting it at a later time might be called a hit-and-run tactic and is indeed cowardly.

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"Toleration is not the opposite of intoleration, but is the counterfeit of it. Both are despotisms. The one assumes to itself the right of withholding liberty of conscience, and the other of granting it."
---Thomas Paine

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MMMMM in General
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quote:
Originally written by Inferior:

quote:
Originally written by Drew:

What are tonsils? Are they just really inconveniently placed lymph nodes, or what? I know those swell when I have an infection (I can feel them on the back of my neck then).
They defend the pharynx against infections.

The pharynx is a part of the throat? I don't remember the medical terms...

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"Toleration is not the opposite of intoleration, but is the counterfeit of it. Both are despotisms. The one assumes to itself the right of withholding liberty of conscience, and the other of granting it."
---Thomas Paine

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Petition for constant monikers in General
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Forget it.

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"Toleration is not the opposite of intoleration, but is the counterfeit of it. Both are despotisms. The one assumes to itself the right of withholding liberty of conscience, and the other of granting it."
---Thomas Paine

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The Mountain of Shadows RP in General
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quote:
Originally written by Wise Man:

OOC: Hey Aran, what up? I see you're not going with a crazy old man this time.
No, crazy young woman this time. ;)

Wait a while and I'll write on, but I need some time. Also, I can't reach the Balloon currently.

[ Monday, August 01, 2005 22:40: Message edited by: Albus Dumbledore ]

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"Toleration is not the opposite of intoleration, but is the counterfeit of it. Both are despotisms. The one assumes to itself the right of withholding liberty of conscience, and the other of granting it."
---Thomas Paine

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Insomnia. in General
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The last time I went to bed before 1 AM must have been more than two weeks ago, on the evening before my exam. And I'm not sure about that.

Generally, I sleep when I'm tired. Which makes my day a bit wonky, as I tend to doze in the afternoon and only get really awake around midnight (sometimes in Summer I go to bed once I see the dawn outside...).

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"Toleration is not the opposite of intoleration, but is the counterfeit of it. Both are despotisms. The one assumes to itself the right of withholding liberty of conscience, and the other of granting it."
---Thomas Paine

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The 10th planet! in General
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In a frictionless environment (which can be approximated, but not perfectly achieved), the only limit for velocity (up to the speed of light) should depend on the energy that is available for acceleration. Approaching the speed of light, the same amount of energy will yield ever smaller increases in velocity, until the speed of light is theoretically achieved by investing an infinite amount of energy (which is impossible).

Or that is what I remember learning in physics, anyway.

[ Monday, August 01, 2005 00:19: Message edited by: Albus Dumbledore ]

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"Toleration is not the opposite of intoleration, but is the counterfeit of it. Both are despotisms. The one assumes to itself the right of withholding liberty of conscience, and the other of granting it."
---Thomas Paine

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hi in General
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quote:
Originally written by Zephyr Tempest:

quote:
Originally written by Lady Davida:

Zephyr, are you returning, or have you been here all along? I thought you'd left...

Alex, thank you for making this one of the best Welcome topics I've ever seen.

I have been lurking frequently for about a year, waiting for my title to be restored.

Apparently, you are the first member that Canning has ever been an effective tool against.

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"Toleration is not the opposite of intoleration, but is the counterfeit of it. Both are despotisms. The one assumes to itself the right of withholding liberty of conscience, and the other of granting it."
---Thomas Paine

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