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Poot: Don't worry about HOTU. As Alo pointed out, they offer to take games out if someone complains, and they have done just that a few times. Meaning, that you can't download them, not that they're not listed.

Fringy: What aspect of sex will you make illegal? All of it? With anybody and anything? Even the self-congratulatory kind? Even with brock walls? Even with plaster walls? Even with mangoes and mongoose? Alien? Tentacle? How do you define sex? As the coitus only, or more? Is kissing sex? Making out? Oral? G.S? M.S? And, if all sex becomes illegal, don't you think that may make people more likely to rape? Or maybe this will create a complete paradigm shift in the evolution of humanity? Anyway, so far I'm reserving my vote until I hear a little more about your proposition. Good luck with your campaign.

Illegality: Is prostitution illegal in all the states of the Union?

Here in Venezuela it is legal. Prostitutes are encourage to have a little pink slip which shows they've had a check up. It's also cheap, as youn can imagine from a country with a devaluated coin. Well, cheap if you bring dollars, or euros, or any other strong coinage. There's also a decent variety in gender and sexual orientation. I don't think putting a link to one of the "exclusive" services in this city would be a good idea (probably very bad), but, if you're interested and older than 18, you may find it. You only need to think of the name of the capital of this country, a word that rhymes with proxy and the usual dot com. There's no nakedness in that page, in case you're of curious, yet prude.

Illegality, part II: As I've mentioned before, here piracy is a non-existent concept. We have street vendors (imagine a flea market, but instead of being in a warehouse or parking lot, it is scattered across entire sections of the city all over the boardwalks) who sell ripped DVDs, games (any and all kind of console game/DVDs available for good, hard earned cash in other countries), CDs, books (the father on a friend of mine has a "publishing" house in Colombia that prints illegal copies of books. We're not a well-read nation (the complete, utter and absolute contrary), but some do make it here once in a while. This guy publishes a bunch of these and then the street vendors sell them. These are sold, as I mentioned, in the boardwalks, or also in the "freeways" during traffic hours (pretty much the whole day)).

As an example: H.P #5 took forever to come out in Spanish. The official version. They sold an illegal one less than a month after the English version came out. One happened to fall on my lap and I read the first page. . . describing the translation as horrible is a compliment.

As you can imagine these illegal things are ridiculously cheap. How cheap you ask?

CDs--> 2 bucks. (less if you buy a bunch)
DVDs/Games--> About 5 bucks. (see parenthesis above)
Books--> Between 2 and 5 bucks. HP was 5, as was the "Dacrappincci Code."
Clothes--> Levi's, Tommy, etc, imitations. Cheapo. About 10 bucks for Levi's, about 15 bucks for a Tommy shirt.

(Detour: Oh, and of course, you can also buy craploads of stuff for Santeria, but that is not illegal, just fake (unless you believe in that sort of thing)

Visiting Santeros here is funny sometimes. They even read you life and future after smoking a big ass joint. I mean BIG ASS.)

Illegality, part III: This refers to prostitution. Child prostitution, while not huge like in other places, is big enough (which for me is one case or more, but that's just me) to be noticeable. It is illegal though. But the kind of illegal thing that it's easy to find by asking one or two key people.

Illegality, part the Fourth: you can carry guns. You do not have to show them, in fact it's seen as a bit of a smug faux pas if you do. It makes you to be too much of a Macho Fool Silly Craphead Idiot. As machista as this country is, we do have our standards. At least in the city. In the country, sure, show your gun and hold your rifle.

Addendum: the only ones who show their guns in public are the law enforcement officers (from security guards to big bad ass moo moo mama Oh Oh Look At Me OOOOOH military people (the last refers to the military here, not necessarily elsewhere)) who not only showcase their big guns, but make it as ostentatious as possible.

It makes me feel anything but safe when I see in the street a PM guy walking around swinging his AK.

These people may have small dangling fellows. Or some kind of lack of vitamins or something missing in their lives.

Salud!

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The 2005 inductees seem to be all console oriented. I guess since they're supposed to honor the video game industry it'll be dominated by that.

Are games like Doom video games or computer games? Are video games only those available in Arcade and/or Console form?

The Marathon series are the only pure FPS, aside from a little Doom and a little Unreal, that I've ever been able to play for longer than a week. Good stuff, indeed.

KotOR is better than Halo, even KotOR II is better. Deus Ex is better than Halo. Half-Life is better than Halo. Counter Strike, Medal of Honor are better than Halo. Fallout (okay, this is stretching the point) is better than Halo. Nothing against the supporters and fans of Halo, I just didn't care much for it.

(Golden Eye was better than Halo, it may not have had any story and plot twists, and whatever, but I rather waste my time playing a straight shooter than a FPS that's supposed to be last coke in the desert (look! you can ride a vehicle! you have dialogue! you make choice! woo hoo!). What's next? Dungeon Siege is the best RPG ever made?)

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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Deja vu. Or something wrong with the matrix.

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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Not now, now, but these are a few I've read over the last few years that might appeal to some:

Fury on Earth by Myron Sharaf (biography of Wilhem Reich)

The Mapmakers by John Noble Wilford. A very cool book about, well, maps and carthographers throughout the ages. As a fan of maps, I liked it.

Codes Ciphers by Fred B. Wrixon. A very cool book about all kinds of codes and ciphers. Very informative.

The Chomsky Reader edited by James Peck. A very nice collection of essays. Might be a good introduction for those unfamiliar with Chomsky, and it's a nice anthology for those who know him.

Fermat's Enigma by Simon Singh. A very enjoyable account of one of those simple math formulas (X(n) + y(n) = Z (n) (n is a power representing integer numbers ad nauseam))

Theories of Everything by John D. Barrow. An old book (1991), a little too dense at points and a little vague, but a nice "tour" nevertheless.

Prisoner's Dilemma by William Poundstone. A very cool book about Game Theory without math, so laymen like me can understand it.

Road to Middle Earth/J.R.R. Tolkien Author of the Century by Tom Shippey. Excellent. Truly excellent. Traces the origin of Tolkien's Middle Earth through poems and epics as well as language. Very good stuff. Glad to see they made new editions and are available to a wider audience than the older version of Road.

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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I selected Empire Archives, mostly because I hate invisible creatures.

The Pit of the Wyrm, if it's the one I think it is (giants, nagas) was also, not annoying as such but I remember it as the toughest one for me, since I was vastly unprepared, I guess.

Laser, belts, etc don't bother me much. Just patience.

This is part of the BoA and not a dungeon, but to me the Run scenario was annoying (and somehow I see it as a whole dungeon) due to its time limit (even though I cheated with the editor to have all the time I needed).

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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I marked "other" for similar reasons as posted above. Other than chatrooms per se, I use internet for all the other options and, as Stugie remarked, I also do some downloading and ripping.

And I guess the other thing is internet shopping, since that's pretty much the only way I can buy things here. (I still refuse to go to the street vendors and buy pirated DVDs, CDs, etc. It's amazing how open that piracy is here in Venezuela (yeah, that's right interpol agent perusing this post (right) come down here and stir some nests.))

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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(Kel--> yes, that's what I meant. I guess "summatories" was me using Spanglish. :) )

My HS grades were mediocre (C-). I tried some U in Northern Florida, home of the Gators (forgot the name) Was rejected.

Saw an add in a Spanish newspaper for admission in Saint Louis University campus in Madrid.

Applied, was accepted. My dad had to be there to do some work that would entitle him a retirement stuff. So, that seemed like a good place (had few options, anyhoo)

Spent a semester there, moved to St. Louis. Changed majors. (looked at Wash. U for Astronomy, but it didn't exist. So I changed to something else)
Graduated from Lit, History and minor in Phil ("specialized" in Medieval stuff)

For graduate schools I actually applied to a bunch. Twice.

First time: Notre Dame* (I wanted that one so badly I'd've sold my soul to the Barney for it), Chapel Hill and. . . one more I don't recall.

The second time I applied to: Harvard, Columbia, Berkeley (pretty sure), For. . . something in NY, Yale, Georgetown and some other Ivies. Also to University of Toronto and Brown. The last two, which required no GRE, accepted me. U of T had a nicer Medieval program and if my memory serves me right a kick ass Medieval library. . . but I already had the student Visa for the U.S.

Also. . . Brown = Providence = Lovecraft.
Believe it or not, my final decision was vastly influenced by HPL.

Got a Masters in History there. Wasted two years working on a Thesis that never saw the light of day (was working on something for which I could find no secondary sources, just tons of primary ones. Interest dwindled. Not being able to work also served as influence to finally quit. Would've saved two years and still have gotten the degree if I had quit earlier)

For anybody thinking about doing graduate work:

-) Make sure the school you're going to is good at what you want to specialize in. Name and pedigree just go so far. If you've no idea, then go wherever you go. But if you have a very distinctive idea, search for the department or person you wish to work under.

-) If you need to take some time off, do so. You're young and won't die any time soon (I hope!) and if you rush into it you may crash and burn. Or not. You know thyself best.

-) Do a workable thesis for your Masters, specially (it's also nice for PhD). My mistake was being an arrogant dumbass and thinking I could pull it off. If I had listened to others who knew best I would've done something else, still would have gotten my degree, but wouldn't have that chip on my shoulder.

*--> funny annectode: I was told by several people who knew better that I should try and contact Notre Dame and see why I wasn't accepted. This was because I strongly suspected it was because of my lack of Latin. I was told that if that was the case maybe I could talk with them into some agreement. Cement heads prevailed (mine) and did nothing.

Months later my sister and her then beau (now husband) stopped by N.D as they went to I don't remember where. My brother-in-law's idea. They actually managed to talk to a gentlemen who told them that, indeed, it had been because of Latin. That they would've been able to work something out if I prove I knew, or where really studying it.
I turned the offer down (I acted, back then, in some inscrutable ways. The desease surfaces, still, once in a while)

Morale, such as it is: if they tell you "o" in place, but you think you know why, and that the reason is something you can work out, you lose nothing by calling them up, or visiting if possible. Worse thing you'll get is a "no" and you already got it.

Good luck!

[ Monday, March 14, 2005 21:09: Message edited by: behind stingy cactus ]

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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Shrodinger, it's interesting what you pointed out about the difference between GRE/SAT, I'd noticed, mostly from films, I guess, that people would talk about their SATs scores, and not their GREs. I wonder if that's because by the point in their lives that they take the GREs, it really doesn't matter bragging about it anymore. The place where you ended up doing your post-graduate work will say more than anything about your aptitutes.

I took the GRE also in the days of the logic section. The only one I aced. I did poorly in the math section (had spent my undergrad in humanities) since I'm terrible with spaces and rather bad with ratios (we really didn't touch upon that in high school here, besides a little trig, and mostly formulaeic.) For the verbal part, my brain froze. Literally after the exam was over, I began remembering the right answers.

What I discovered, though, was that, perhaps coincidintally, of all the places I applied to, only the two that didn't require GRE accepted me, and I don't think those two were better or worse than the rest.
(My GRE score, for the record, was horrible. I think something like 570 or 590)

I took the SAT once, long ago, but that was even worse, the scores must be here somewhere.

I don't know what I can say about the education in this country compared to yours. I only know a little about the education in Spain and the States. It seems that HS here is similar, in terms of subjects, to that of the States (we do get to see a lot of history about our country, zero about U.S. history (not being our country and all), and one Universal) Math doesn't reach differential equations nor summatories (is that the English name?) Last year of Physics is an introduction to electronics (the Newtonian Physics is the fourth year), Chemistry is organic in fifth and general in fourth. Literature is the usual recycling (a few hispanic works, a little Shakespeare, that's about it)

The private schools here are, by and large good. However, your idea of private schools may be different than what we have. In this country private schools proliferate far, far, more than in the States, for instance. They are not as prohibitive nor as fancy-pancy. Most public schools are terrible, horrible, deplorable. They have been like that for years and years and years. One or two do save themselves (this is in the Capital, haven't heard much from other cities)

Higher Education here is pretty good. It has been going downhill a little lately, specially in public Universities (two of them, by the way, used to be ranked rather high and were respected internationally. With a lot of problems, including teachers not getting paid, there has been some migration.)

One of the things about the career choices you have here is that Humanities, as such, is very, very restricted in terms of what you can do once you graduate. Teaching. . . where? Schools, perhaps the same university that saw you graduate, and that's about it. Journalism is all right.

Mostly people study Business and Engineer oriented careers since that's where their opportunities for work lay in (few as they are these days.) The three more common forms of Engineering are: Chemical (oil), production (general, they are taught a little administration and they may hope to be managers one day) and electronic (specializing in communications. You wouldn't believe how huge cell phones are here) Civil used to be popular, but construction is at a kind of stand-still these days.

What problems I may have with HS education is that the teachers were, often, not very motivated. Students like me didn't much care about what was being taught (but that may the age, personality, etc.) But looking back, I think it gave a general idea of the currents of knowledge and it allows people to gather a general idea of different aspects of it, and also it may begin to point a person into what she may want to do in the future.

As petty as this may sound, if I had to go back and change one thing in the pensum for my HS it would be sports. Not their presence, that's great, but the fact that we got no choice in what to play. Basically every year they would say, for this half this part of the class will do this, that will do that. Instead of playing something like Soccer or Volleyball which I loved, or swimming, which I loved even more, I ended up 90% of my HS life, playing Basketball, which I like playing it as much as I like seeing Italian Soccer teams winning anything. Not a darn bit.

I wonder if in any schools you also have no choice in which sport to participate.

Oh, and I also had to go to church once a week. But it was a Catholic school so that went with the territory.

We have no SATs in these parts.

(Anything I tell you now is roughly 15 years old, it may have altered slightly. If.)
There's a standarized test which works nation wide.
The questions were: a little math (very easy, believe me.), hardly any verbal skills, an a bunch of general culture questions.
Partly because this country is small and the number of universities is also small, each university has its own admission test. They are basically variations of the standarized one. I don't remember any major difference.

I also took the test for Spanish universities. That was tougher by far, at least for us here.
Math went as far as differential and summatories (see sp. question above). Verbal questions were also difficult and we needed to know grammar back and forth. For those who pursued science, we needed to know, as far as I remember, a lot about biology for some reason. Some Physics (that was easy, only Newtonian and basic at that) and some Chemistry (mostly Organic, also easy)
For me the toughest part was Grammar. Schools in this country are notoriously lack in their teachings of Grammar. Just a few basic rules way, way back in grade school.
Oh, and I also, even if I took the science exam, needed to know about Spanish lit.

From what I saw of the results of the Spanish test, the majority of the results were in the 3-6 area (over 10) and most departments/schools required 5.5 (or so) and above. An anecdote which though not very interesting shows how funny life is sometimes: I wanted to study film (first journalism, though, which was a popular subject that year, or computer science), and in one university (Pamplona) they accepted me in either philosophy, history or literature. I laughed and said those were for wusses and never would study them. As it turned out, those were my majors (philosophy a minor).

I don't give subject much thought these days, but I used to think that the Spanish test (a lot essays) was more comprehensive than the SAT. I don't know.

Never taken an IQ in my life. Been tempted some times. I don't really know much about them, seen some questions here and there. But, the way I see it, I am just smart enough to know how dumb I really am. And I know just so much to know how little I really know.

(tl, sorry)

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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Mostly to forget a little about the world (these days) and because I enjoy the immersion in a parallel world (since. . . a long time).

If I like the game, I tend to play it straight through until I finish it (RPs and Adventure games) or a map or so a day (Strategy), but it doesn't keep me from work or going out (unless it's a really nice game. If Fallout 3 ever comes out, for example, and I like it as much as the previous 2, I'll be playing it straight through, forcing myself to work, but sleeping little (as usual) in between.)

Only addiction I have these days, besides films (I guess seeing every single movie I can, including tons of garbage, may constitute an addiction), I'll have to say cigs.

Hardly ever play a game a second time.

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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Speaking of SAT, what do you guys make of the GRE, or other graduate tests?

(as an off-topic back to an old post, Kel: the original quote I scrambled is this, "Bene, cum Latine nescias, nolo manus meas in te maculare" which I got from this site.)

(The ones I know more of may not fit too much into this talk, since they are ESL-TESTs (specially the TOEFL))

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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I have a question about bishops.

When one is beating a Bishop, would you still do it if the Bishop was a Jesuit? Would you be boxing the Jesuit, then? Will this mean I'll have to be hitching to heaven, since I won't go there directly?

I have heard that, in any case, if you're boxing you better oil the glove, and if you're beating someone (specially if you're armed and armoured) you better polish your sword (or bayonet) and your helmet (which you should also shine)

And if the Bishop or the Jesuit is bald and I make the bald guy puke, would that be even worse? Or better? I mean beating and making puke a bald Bishop or doing the same, but with gloves on and boxing with a Jesuit?

And, for that matter, when someone beats a Bishop, is that the same thing as punishing him? Or is beating the Bishop a form of punishment in and out of itself. Or, maybe, while the Theologian Police is roughing up the suspects they may happen to punish a Bishop by beating on him too much.

I just think, having nothing to do with this doubt about Bishops and Jesuits, that they shouldn't pull the Pope from office. All this pumping for power that goes on in the Vatican doesn't make me feel to safe.

Well, gotta go, my sister just came back from doing her nails and erasing a problem she had in dialing the rotary phone.

[ Sunday, March 13, 2005 19:38: Message edited by: behind stingy cactus ]

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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(I don't know if you want anything from The Dreamlands.)

In case you do:

Gnorri--> Cerenarian Sea. (close to Ilek-Vad)

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The Hyperboreans--> In Hyperborea, though through wars, conquers and migrations they lived in diferent places.

The Lords of Venus--> (though from Venus were said to live here during the Hyperborea era.) aka The Serpent People. Some say their degenerate descendants (sometimes through coitus with humans) were inspiration for the myths of faeries.

Lizard Men of S'lithik Hhai--> S'lithik Hhai (capital of the kingdom of the Serpent People, Hyperborea))

Lemurian Men--> Lemuria (perhaps around where Madagascar is today) Somewhere in the Indian Ocean?

Byakhee--> Live near Aldebaran, but have often been summoned throughout the aeons (perhaps more of a servant race, spacially of Hastur.)

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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oh thats okay aran punctguation is not needed these dais and neither is pselling or anything like that thats why they pay proofreaders and such people to that besides itaintlike it slthat difficult to read rwlly ,most of the time a yeah owhat loomj therwa fk;js.

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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Never had a technical problem playing any of Jeff's game. It's nice to be able to say that about any game these days, even more about an entire list of games by the same company.

New trilogy using this sparkly new engine would be nice, since it seems Ermarian will be visited again.

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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Poot, since you miss the days of Infocom and other old games, have you visited any of the abandonware sites? Or, for that matter, any of the IF sites?

I guess around June-July, more or less, we'll see G3 for Windows.

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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Dolphin: I'm not that old, but it seems to me they come, they post a few times, then they leave. Some of them stick around for a while longer, but their irritation, it seems, tends to run out of fuel sooner or later.

But then, it seems, like a vicious circle, those who leave will be guaranteed to be substituted by more. For some reason, writing in lower case letters and saying things like "look i'm poztin' yah yah yah!" or permutations of it passes for entertainment where they're from. Cultural differences and all that, I guess.

I wonder sometimes why they don't go to their local park, stand in some spot with good view and yell the same kind of stuff they post here.

I wonder what the equivalent of badly written, lower case sentences is in the vocal world.

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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I don't know Mynt, the warning and the temptation might be enticing enough that not even Ben can escape it. What will be his comment about it, I wonder.

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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I won't be going around naked for a good while. The Brotherhood of Guys will practice a few hundred tortures on me if I did. I would turn all women who saw me into lesbians.

On the other hand, though, what's the big deal? Granted, there might be a person or two whose body may not be the most attractive, but asides from that we've all got pretty much the same things. We're covering our genitalia, which we know what it looks like (dimensional variations aside). Women cover their breasts which, also, we know what they look like (d.v.a, as well.)

We can show our faces which sometimes are far uglier or freakier than most people's bodies.

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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Kel's right. I meant it in the: "good luck entering into the lion's after they've spend a the yearly Lion's Lent" kind of good luck.

Waffle: good choice. In some things it's best to let curiosity remain unfed.

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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That was horrible. And not intentional, though it got some laughs, so I guess that's something.

Thanks, guys, for pointing out my extreme idiocy without more sarcasm than could've very deservedly been used. Thuryl, I particularly loved your witty answer! (I was so oblivious when writing it, it didn't even register that smoe was good old Sir Motrax of Exile!)

There were five mistakes. I fixed them. I think.

Dallerdin, "bought" was, alas, not the only one. In the English part I also wrote "shopping" wrong (with two "i"s.) In Spanish I made THREE mistakes. "Comercial" with two "c"s, "Centro" with two "o"s and "Zapatos" with two "o"s.

Once more unto the bridge:

Kel, this one's for you:

"Bnee, cum Linate nacseis, nloo muans maes in te murlacae"

Qwghlmian would probably be very tough, but it's an invented language.

Anybody here speaks Welsh or Vasque?

Out of curiosity what is the most guttural language in the world?

[ Friday, March 11, 2005 05:17: Message edited by: behind stingy cactus ]

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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Windows, due to game availability.

Mac 10.3, whenever I can.

(I put Windows in the poll, though, since that's the one I end up using the most.)

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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(Sorry about the off-topic: Hola Falcatta! Hispania! De que parte de la gran peninsula eres pana?)

The question I have is: when will he make his appearence in a scenario? Or has he already done so? (I haven't played the last three or so)

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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It's interesting that Raphael is not that common in English. In Spanish it's all over the place.

In Spanish cultures middle names are common. Almost everybody's got one. In fact, quite a few are known for both their names: Maria + "_______" (Maria Jose, Maria Fernanda, Maria Luisa. . .) In the case of men, Jose and Juan are the most common to be associated with a middle name. (Jose Ignacio is very common. Juan Carlos is very common) In the end many end up being known by either their first names, or a nick name, but, still, the use of both is very common. I'm Miguel Angel. The use of both not that common, except usually when someone is pissed at me.

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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And maybe it works better in the English language or languages where you can more or less communicate with smaller words.

I'll try a sentence in Spanish and see if works:

"Aeyr fui al ctnreo creocaiml. Cropme uons ztaopas y uons peltanoas."

"Yatedrsey I wnet to the spnhoipg mlal. I buhgot smoe ptans and smoe sehos."

(but again, it's like arsenic said. No matter how many examples one may find to prove, there are probably more to disprove it. All in the eye of the beholder, I guess)

Edit: Gods it was horrible. Five words were badly spelled.

[ Friday, March 11, 2005 04:54: Message edited by: behind stingy cactus ]

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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In that case I'll be like a tree and leave.

Which reminds me of what all contestants for pageants always want:

Whirled peas.

[ Friday, March 11, 2005 05:22: Message edited by: behind stingy cactus ]

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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