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What's on your iGoogle page? in General
Shock Trooper
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Home: Google News, Wikipedia Search, Youtube Search, webcam of Mount Sopris, World Clocks (Mountain Time and GMT).
Media: Pearls Before Swine, Nasa Image of the Day, XKCD
Entertainment: Pacman, Movie Showtimes for 81623, Hangman
Science: Moon Phase, Periodic Table, Satellite Tracking (ISS).
Tools: Currency Converter, Dictionary/Thesaurus, Calculator, Babelfish.
People: Chimp o Matic, Gmail.

Yeah. I went overboard. But it helps me out to have it all in one place. I'm thinking about consolidating it at some point but... meh.

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Posts: 344 | Registered: Friday, February 25 2005 08:00
Who Wants to be Superhero? in General
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I used it few years back for D&D characters, until I discovered that artistic friends could do a much better job.
Here's an example of one of those.

And something a bit more modern:
IMAGE(http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i157/wgrandbois/Picture2.jpg)

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Episode 4: Spiderweb Reloaded. Something like that anyway. in General
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quote:
Originally written by Iffy:

Hmm, they said that the guy practiced necromacy.
It's Ephesos! We all know how he loves undead.

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Posts: 344 | Registered: Friday, February 25 2005 08:00
Educational Segregation in General
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I don't disagree that it is necessary to provide the opportunity for a student to take the classes for which he or she possesses the ability to excel in, I just resent the idea that it is more beneficial to send a "gifted" student to a special school than to find a niche for them within the normal system. When they try to send academically challenged students to a special school, or try to hold them back three or more grades, there's an uproar. Being among your peers is a privilege, not a burden, and should be weighed with other factors when making such a decision.

I also don't think this point of view is a product of any dramatic circumstance in my life. My school is very split between those who can barely speak English and those who take every AP class offered. Many of the latter group are transferring to other schools. With the exception of Aspen High, none of the other schools in the valley seem to offer any more. Although I refuse to take an IQ test, I did very well on both my ACTs and SATs; not genius level, but certainly high enough to avoid getting stuck in the "mentally challenged" category. Not that that means much, but that should be enough to avoid bias based on envy.

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Posts: 344 | Registered: Friday, February 25 2005 08:00
Educational Segregation in General
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It's my Senior year in High School, so it's no surprise that educational matters are utmost in my mind. I've pondered the matter of educational segregation (the separation of students by "aptitude") for some time, and found myself rather split on it. Now, just one week before school gets in, I've suddenly shifted dramatically in a direction I was already leaning: toward the socialistic idea of equal opportunity, avoiding undue catering to the "bright" (meaning, in this case, those who score well on things like SAT and IQ tests). What caused this shift? An article in Time Magazine. It covered, in detail, the idea that we are "failing" our geniuses. It used the term "segregation" in a positive light. It criticized the disproportional amount of funding given to disabled students as opposed to gifted students. It made me rather angry. I'd love to hear all your opinions on the subject.

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Episode 4: Spiderweb Reloaded. Something like that anyway. in General
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quote:
Originally written by root:

quote:
Originally written by Iffy:

I wonder who that guy with the bot is...
In the beginning, I thought it was me, because for some reason I've been called "nondescript" fairly often.

Nondescript and gifted at bot creation certainly seems like Aran, but the points are valid. Particularly since Endeavorbot is accounted for (at least, I assume the second bot in Ermarian was Endeavor), we don't even know who the bot is.

[ Sunday, August 26, 2007 12:40: Message edited by: Actaeon ]

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Posts: 344 | Registered: Friday, February 25 2005 08:00
# of games bought from jeff in General
Shock Trooper
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5. All Geneforges, & Avernum 4. I am planning on purchasing Blades of Avernum and Nethergate: Resurrection in the near future. Of course, I'll also purchase A5, A6, and G5.

Edit: I've played the demos of all the Avernums as well as the two I intend to buy.

[ Saturday, August 25, 2007 14:44: Message edited by: Actaeon ]

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Posts: 344 | Registered: Friday, February 25 2005 08:00
I Win in General
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Arggh! I soooo wanted to get 10,000 and mock the more major members. Eventually, I'm sure, Aran would have hacked his way into the account and taken it away, but it would have been fun for awhile.

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0MG!!1 I 4M T3H UBER-4W3SOM3!!!!111!! in General
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Careful, Tyran. Aran's out to close any topics which don't fit in with his Orwellian, decimal advocating regime. I guess this means my plan to post on the powers of 2 is out, also.

Edit: The above post might be considered a breach of the CoC because it makes Aran sound like a dictator; intentionally. I will therefor add the following disclaimer: this post is sarcastic and is not intended to belittle the wisdom of the mods. They R T3|-| 1337!!!

[ Wednesday, August 22, 2007 17:09: Message edited by: Actaeon ]

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Posts: 344 | Registered: Friday, February 25 2005 08:00
Me Too!!! in General
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All these milestone topic are giving me a headache. Three (or is it four?) members hitting 1000 at the same time is bad enough, but all the copycat posts are just obscene. There should never be enough milestones that you could legitimately reach a one of your own simply by responding to the topics.

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Posts: 344 | Registered: Friday, February 25 2005 08:00
Me Too!!! in General
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quote:
Originally written by Archmage Alex:

IMAGE(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a181/Alexsticks/posting.gif)
I wonder if Alex has kept track of the number of times his cartoon has been used on Spiderweb. If not, I imagine that Aran has some way of finding the answer.

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Posts: 344 | Registered: Friday, February 25 2005 08:00
Ornks in Geneforge 4: Rebellion
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Hey, don't diss Ornk fighting ability. When I first showed a friend of mine Geneforge 1, he tried to kill one in the second area. It became angry and gored him to death. I was impressed enough to take on the final sections of the game with only Ornks.

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Posts: 344 | Registered: Friday, February 25 2005 08:00
Do not seek to hide your jealosy behind ridiculous questions! in General
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I'm proud of Iffy for at least coming up with a slightly more original title. Sure, it's from the same cartoon (which may reach 1,000 posts itself one of these days), but at least it's not the same part as the other three.

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Posts: 344 | Registered: Friday, February 25 2005 08:00
Total Spiderweb games in General
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For those of you to lazy to follow the links and count 'em up, there's currently 15.

Edit: That's Exile 1-3, BoE, Avernum 1-4, BoA, Nethergate and Nethergate Resurrection, and Geneforge 1-4.

[ Sunday, August 19, 2007 15:19: Message edited by: Actaeon ]

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Posts: 344 | Registered: Friday, February 25 2005 08:00
The Sky Is Falling...? in General
Shock Trooper
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quote:
Originally written by Thuryl:

quote:
Originally written by Synergy:

All people are relgious, because we need to believe in something/someone else to feel safe in this world.
Who says we need to feel safe in this world? The natural state of humanity is one of near-constant bone-chilling terror. The idea of safety is a modern innovation.

You seem like a good candidate for the Church of God the Utterly Indifferent. Synergy: consider Bokononism.

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Posts: 344 | Registered: Friday, February 25 2005 08:00
I Seek to Obtain the Meaningless Approbation of my Fellows in General
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quote:
Originally written by Dikiyoba:

Hey, Arancaytar. What's your total postcount with all your multis and bots? (Excluding Alorael, of course.)

quote:
Originally written by Leftistking:


Diki, that's an easy enough question. How many posts have been posted on Spiderweb?

But you have to factor Imban into the equation. Aran may have the upper hand with his army of bots and clones, but Imban is still everyone else.

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Posts: 344 | Registered: Friday, February 25 2005 08:00
It's spelled GUARDIAN in Geneforge Series
Shock Trooper
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Perhaps a "Help Me" here and there would be superior to operating on assumptions?

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Posts: 344 | Registered: Friday, February 25 2005 08:00
I Seek to Obtain the Meaningless Approbation of my Fellows in General
Shock Trooper
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quote:
Originally written by From the Abyss of Wisdom:

I post and delete more often than he could ever dream. Unless, of course, he made an even more efficient bot to do it.

See, I thought there was some suspicion that you were one of Aran's bots, created long before his arrival to ensure escalating posting levels. If that was the case, he doesn't need a new bot, since he already has you.

Edit: Or was that implied? If so, I still don't understand his motivation for creating a new one.

[ Thursday, August 16, 2007 07:46: Message edited by: Actaeon ]

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The Sky Is Falling...? in General
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[quote=Ephesos]
But big, big points for knowing that the salt content of the oceans has the potential to screw things up.
[/quote]An Inconvenient Truth covered that much.

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Posts: 344 | Registered: Friday, February 25 2005 08:00
The Sky Is Falling...? in General
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I agree with Zeviz. Although I can't honestly say that I don't care whether global warming is caused by CO2 or not, the reality has no effect on my stance on emissions. The path to fighting global warming, as laid out by left wing politicians, has the benefit of encouraging cleaner, more efficient energy. If the environmentalists have to lie to get things done, that's politics. Nothing we haven't seen before.
I'm not a believer in the ends justifying the means, but if the means are the same as everyone else's, but the ends are superior, there must be some moral high ground there.

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quote:
Originally written by Thuryl:

You know, I sometimes wonder whether anthropogenic global warming might seem more intuitively plausible if we routinely measured temperatures in kelvin instead of degrees Celsius or Fahrenheit.
But when your talking about change, the intervals are all that matter. Since a degree is the same for both Celsius and Kelvin, only the truly ignorant would see any difference. Are those really the people you want on your side?

[ Thursday, August 16, 2007 07:30: Message edited by: Actaeon ]

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Posts: 344 | Registered: Friday, February 25 2005 08:00
My Poll in General
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If Salmon jumped off a bridge, would you, too?

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Posts: 344 | Registered: Friday, February 25 2005 08:00
Colverfeild ? in General
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Cloverfield

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Posts: 344 | Registered: Friday, February 25 2005 08:00
Harry Potter in General
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Don't criticize your creator, Alo.

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Posts: 344 | Registered: Friday, February 25 2005 08:00
What sound does a Swedish lightsaber make? in Avernum 4
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quote:
Originally written by Thuryl:

It's used as the A4 opening music.
Yeah, you know, I really should have used the link. Although I'm not sure I would have recognized
which game the music was from, I wouldn't have been asking stupid questions.

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What sound does a Swedish lightsaber make? in Avernum 4
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Someone needs to explain to me why this is in A4.

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