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Episode 3: A New Game in General
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If Dikiyoba can artfully straddle the line between serious plot and the absurdity required for the fluffy kittens to appear without committing a faux pas, Dikiyoba will do so. Or maybe that was just an excuse so that the phrases "artfully straddle" and "faux pas" appear in posts more often. Who knows?

To put those phrases together and expect a meaningful outcome is utterly fallacious.

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Saddam Hussein's Execution in General
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Adbots I say.

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Episode 3: A New Game in General
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Originally written by Jewels:
I'm glad I can swim. I hope everyone else can, too.
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The solution is to cast a nasty freeze spell and create an icy walkway. Then us bipeds can just walk across (although SOME people think I merely slither)

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What have you been reading lately? in General
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A little Paula Volsky. Take a historical event, mix in a bit of magic and some interesting characters and your get Volsky's style. Right now its The White Tribunal. Man's family is persecuted (wrongly) by a tribunal seeking to root out (1st magic then its enemies - continued justification of existence). Man survives and makes a faustian pact with the devil (this time its an otherworldly beast whose powers give man the use of magic) and seeks revenge.

Some good writing here, nice pictures being painted (well, not all nice - some are quite dark).

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Merry Xmast to all in General
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Calling birds vs. colly birds:

Found this on the web:
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"Some versions of the Christmas song about the Twelve Days refer to 'four calling birds,' while others say 'four colly birds.' I was intrigued so did some research. The birds usually pictured with the verse are European Blackbirds (Turdus Merula), a species of thrush related to our American Robin. The word 'colly' must mean 'black' or 'black as coal' as in 'collier' and 'colliery' derived from 'coal.' 'Calling' on the other hand, would be a misunderstanding of the original.


from Washington State Council of Teachers

It now appears that "calling birds" shows up in lyrics quite frequently (nore frequently than the original term?) so, go ahead and use whatever suits your fancy.

Also, what does the song mean? From various sources it appears that it was a Catholic catechism to help remember the following:

Religious symbolism of The Twelve Days of Christmas (The 12 Days of Christmas)
1 True Love refers to God
2 Turtle Doves refers to the Old and New Testaments
3 French Hens refers to Faith, Hope and Charity, the Theological Virtues
4 Calling Birds refers to the Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists
5 Golden Rings refers to the first Five Books of the Old Testament, the "Pentateuch", which gives the history of man's fall from grace.
6 Geese A-laying refers to the six days of creation
7 Swans A-swimming refers to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the seven sacraments
8 Maids A-milking refers to the eight beatitudes
9 Ladies Dancing refers to the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit
10 Lords A-leaping refers to the ten commandments
11 Pipers Piping refers to the eleven faithful apostles
12 Drummers Drumming refers to the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle's Creed

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Merry Xmast to all in General
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Yeah but happy campers like cocks (sorry for that that word offense any one) and bottoms !!

Try using IMAGE(http://modelshipengines.com/store/images/petcock.jpg) in conversation. :(

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Best (and Worst) Movies of the Year in General
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Just saw Pirates and thought it was neither terrible nor awe inspiring. Fairly well acted but plot was slow developing and jerky (lots of holes/things not explained or tied together) and focussed too much on what they could do with the special effects. Example(s) focussed a lot of screen shots on the sea pirates who really are incidental to the story but looked fanciful and were done in so many different ways, the ending with old characters showing up wasn't good. Went from murky/dark at the deginning to a lighthearted romp at the end. Was a bit on the long side for a movie with nothing important to tell.

Casino Royale - best Bond movie in a long time, maybe since that craggy Scot patrolled the scenes. Got back to the grit of the earliest interpretations but lost some of the glamour/sauveness.

Looking forward to seeing the two Eastwood movies, especially from the view of the Japanese.

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2007- What movies are you looking forward to? in General
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New spidey, new Shrek (for the kids).

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Career Choices in General
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—Alorael, who has already admitted that it isn't feasible to make a poll that covers everything. He could be wrong, though, because he's no expert in poll design. This is an engineering problem!
Um, this wasn't intended to be a criticism of your poll Alo. It was more of a newsy note. If you visit the Wiki site, there is considerable debate about where mathematics falls, and then there is the different branches of mathematics.

Really, I enjoyed your poll (one of the better ones of recent note IMHO).

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The opinions of mathematicians on this matter are varied. While some in applied mathematics feel that they are scientists, those in pure mathematics often feel that they are working in an area more akin to logic and that they are, hence, fundamentally philosophers. Many mathematicians feel that to call their area a science is to downplay the importance of its aesthetic side, and its history in the traditional seven liberal arts; others feel that to ignore its connection to the sciences is to turn a blind eye to the fact that the interface between mathematics and its applications in science and engineering has driven much development in mathematics. One way this difference of viewpoint plays out is in the philosophical debate as to whether mathematics is created (as in art) or discovered (as in science).
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I'd categorize most engineering as natural science more than anything else becaise that's what it relies on most heavily (physics, mainly). Other applied sciences fall under behavioral science or somewhere in between.

I hesitate to comment on this, so I will preface the following with "this is a newsy note not a critique of the poll". Wiki breaks down academic disciplines by separating natural sciences from applied sciences, as would I have (which is where my confusion stemmed from). Note however, that you are correct in stating that applied sciences flows from natural sciences.

[ Wednesday, December 20, 2006 10:13: Message edited by: Leatherface ]

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Career Choices in General
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Artificial science is my tongue-in-cheek way of combining fields of study that are entirely dependent on thought. There's no natural or observational component of mathematics or computer science.

Um, traditionally the study of mathematics was considered a liberal art. However, at the University I attended it was under the faculty of Science.

Interestingly, Wiki has this to say about the debate as to where mathematics belongs:

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However, in the 1930s important work in mathematical logic showed that mathematics cannot be reduced to logic, and Karl Popper concluded that "most mathematical theories are, like those of physics and biology, hypothetico-deductive: pure mathematics therefore turns out to be much closer to the natural sciences whose hypotheses are conjectures, than it seemed even recently."[11]
Mathematics has also variously been considered to be a language, to be philosophy and to be applied science. Some univeristies distinguish mathematics from Science (as in the faculty of Mathematics and Science).

In addition, your poll makes no note of applied sciences (like engineering). I assumed that it was included under unnatural sciences.

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For those of you who live in a cave... in General
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That's not nearly as bad as the man who was asphyxiated by methane from his own flatulence.

better to use all that methane to power a barbeque and cook food, which can provide energy with which to fight the cold. ;)

Seriously, using barbeques indoors is a dangerous but not totally uncommon practice. T

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Nethergate 2.0!, 2.0!,2.0! in Nethergate
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What about a more realistic version, where the Celtic warriors were all completely in the buff, and just wearing woad?
That's EXACTLY how I play the game! ;)

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Episode 3: A New Game in General
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I feel bad for people who feel bad for rats. Rats are plague carriers and vermin, the scourge of mankind. No wonder they desire to be human. Down with Attorsi

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Merry Christmas! (Statistics 2006-12) in General
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I will continue to maintain that I have never done anything to merit banning. This includes what I was originally banned for. But I shouldn't bring this up again, since even though it's not against the CoC, Stareye might ban me for it.

Let's ban him for who he is not for what he said. ;)

Um, I too was banned and disagreed as to whether or not I should be banned. I discussed this with *i privately and found him to be well spoken, reasoned and considerate of my position. In the end, he didn't change his mind but I believe I got a fair listening and accept that he was attempting to choose wisely with respect to Spidweb and what it stands for. :)

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Merry Christmas! (Statistics 2006-12) in General
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49th. Curse that *i for banning me. :mad: Much spamming to follow as I play catch up :eek:

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another environmental topic in General
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I had several problems with the approach as outlined in the article.

First, fair trade. The theory that people will overproduce coffee assumes that everyone will be able to sell coffee beans at a higher price, but as I understand it fair trade beans are contracted for and so the market is limited to those with contracts, the contracts are created based on a market to sell, so there is limited ability to participate. It also assumes that fair trade coffee will grow to be more than a niche market, causing prices to fall. That could be dangerous ground, that assumption.

With respect to organic farming and buy local, the initial impetus is ethical considerations of how we impact the earth. Part of the motivation for these movements comes from looking at ways to reduce our impact on the planet and reducing the human footprint. The challenge is to live with ethical integrity. It is a start of a process to reevaluate how one interacts with the world and should not be seen in isolation but should also be looked at in relation to how one uses vehicular traffic (production of greenhouse gases, use of a non-renewable resource) overall diet (the production of meat is relatively wasteful as only a small percentage of food value gets converted to meat, more efficient use of food resources to be vegetarian), consumerism (size of home, clothing budget, toys, you know the drill).

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Happy Hanukah in General
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Anybody notice the airport (I think Seattle) that removed it's Christmas trees? Seems a Jewish Rabbi asked the Airport Authorities to display a menorah and threatened legal action if the A.A. continued to discriminate by displaying only Christian symbols.

The A.A. decided that it would have to honor all or none and it just didn't have the resources for option one so it took them down. Now the Rabbi is worried about getting Jews tarnished as the Grinch people who stole Christmas. Thats what happens when you threaten lawsuits during holidays - but it will only be the sad little Rabbi who gets tarnished.

(And this is not fascetious) Happy Hanukkah. I still love my Jewish friends.

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I Have A Beef With You All in General
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Sorry about the confusion, Fatman.
Don't apologise. I laughed everytime I saw Kel respond with his "but I thought she is a he" tag.

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Physics Background in General
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My college requires that I take at least one science course for no good reason at all.
And those in sciences likely are required to take at least one arts course for no good reason. Hmm, perhaps its because it causes you to be creative, think outside your normal bax and expand your horizons. I remember a poll done of engineers a while back. The young engineers bemoaned their elective courses and wished for more "hard" engineering to prepare them for the workplace while the older engineers wished they had taken more non-engineering related courses.

I think it takes a longer view of the relative value courses provide to appreciate material taken outside of your core discipline. You will find value in it and you will grow to appreciate your course selections (in most cases).

[ Friday, December 15, 2006 13:23: Message edited by: chasm of Sar ]

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Physics Background in General
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Nio:

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However, I generally stay away from topics I know little about.

Where's the fun in that?

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8000: Pseudoscience Postravaganza in General
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Note that the US Patent Trademark Office, broken though it may be, will not knowingly issue a patent for a perpetual motion machine.

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I Have A Beef With You All in General
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Just read this thread, and I have a problem:

Kelandon made this statement:

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In other news, did Robinator just refer to fatman as female? This is at least the second time that someone has done so, and I'm wondering if I missed something.

Based on this statement by Robinator:

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(Fatman's is still open, and has the exact same subject; she even talked about how much she likes Jeff's games)
I too interpreted that as calling me female. Nothing wrong with females (married one, have a daughter, apple of my eye and all that), but I AM NOT FEMALE. :mad:

Kel, you are spot on. :)

edit: Lenar labs, leaway (as you spelled it ) should really be leeway. ;)

[ Friday, December 15, 2006 11:19: Message edited by: chasm of Sar ]

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I was afraid this day would come.... in General
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I hate to say it, but I think TM's ban is permanent. He posted some offensive image, I think. Haven't actually seen it.

I guess I got off lucky :)

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The cause was verbal obscenity.
Nevermind :(

[ Thursday, December 14, 2006 08:44: Message edited by: chasm of Sar ]

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I was afraid this day would come.... in General
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Originally written by chasm of Sar:
Does this exist to boost post counts?

My plan is working :)

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Does this exist to boost post counts? :(

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