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Harry Potter *WITH SPOILERS* in General
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quote:
Originally written by Suspicious Vlish:

Acd:

How did I become Acd?

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Harry Potter *WITH SPOILERS* in General
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Apparently, Rowling's going to do an encyclopedia, so that should clear up a great deal.

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Harry Potter *WITH SPOILERS* in General
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My main issue with Harry's character is his apparent lack of an intermediate setting. Either his telling the Minister of Magic that he's Dumbledore's man through and through, or he's convinced that he's a cold blooded manipulator because of something he read in a book by Rita Skeeter. First he's against the trip to the Lovegoods because it distracts from the Horcruxes, next he's neglecting the primary mission because he's obsessed with the Hallows. I know youth tend to see things in black and white, but the way Harry operates goes far beyond normal.

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Avernum 5, July Update in Avernum 4
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quote:
Originally written by Yama:

A4 is continuing to sound good.
I think we're on A5 now, Slarty. I assume that was what Salmon was attempting to communicate, but I have no idea what LYT means. Liked your typo?

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It's spelled GUARDIAN in Geneforge Series
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I doubt anyone's screwed it up that badly.

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Harry Potter *WITH SPOILERS* in General
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I rather expected a Christian undertone to the final book. I even made the following image three days before it's release. It was meant as a joke, not in any way a mockery of Christianity and only slightly a mockery of the books, but still: Christians and die hard Harry Potter fans should not click here.

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Happy Birthday.... in General
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quote:
Originally written by JadeWolf:

Missed that chance to wish you a happy birthday, neighbor (member no.). But happy late birthday anyway, wot.
I suppose I should also express my regret at missing your birthday given that I, too, am in the 5500's. I don't know of many others. Saunders, I think.

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Harry Potter *WITH SPOILERS* in General
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McGonagall? After nineteen years? I though she was older than that. Could be, though.

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I certainly expected more from the epilogue. All she did was provide us with basic information on who hooked up and how many kids they had. I assumed that we'd get a bit of follow up on more of the characters. I also sort of believed that someone we knew would get the position of Headmaster. I don't mean to gripe, but we don't even know Harry's professor. I just hoped for some closure after 10 years of waiting. Meh.

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Call for Windows Beta testers in Nethergate
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23? Really? I would never have guessed.

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Harry Potter *WITH SPOILERS* in General
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quote:
Originally written by Actaeon:

Did it bug anyone else that Harry's final defeat of Voldemort hinged on an artifact that wasn't even mentioned until halfway through the final book? I know Harry's been dependent on luck every step of the way, but the fact that disarming Malfoy saved his life just gets under my skin.
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Originally written by Spidweb:

I think that Rowling should have just let the other shoe drop and called the book Harry Potter and the Painfully Technical Argument About Wand Ownership.

That was how you wanted the final confrontation between Harry and Voldemort to go down? Really? Well, you're the billionaire.

- Jeff Vogel

I'm going to transfer my statement over to the way Jeff phrased it. Perhaps Aran will continue to disagree, but at least my point of view will be a bit clearer.

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Harry Potter in General
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Is the connection drawn just because they're played by the same actor, or is there some deeper similarity I'm missing?

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Harry Potter in General
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Lupin's taken, eh? Put me in for Sirius, then. Or Xenophilius Lovegood, the most obviously contrived name since Lupin.

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Is illegal downloading such a bad thing? in General
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Society is a large scale pact. People live under certain restrictions in exchange for the promise that others will do the same. Consequences are put into place in order to protect those who proposed a certain rule. It is not necessary to obey laws the you consider immoral, but it is far more honorable to take the punishment readily if you do so. I invite you to read Martin Luther King Jr's "Letter from the Birmingham City Jail" for more on this. (Obviously, Blue Laws, which are rarely enforced anyway, do not fall under this idea. Also, for laws, such as Jaywalking, that are intended only to settle lawsuits, you are obviously not required by any but the strictest moral code to turn yourself in.)

Now, morals can be a bit stricter. There are very few so called "victimles" crimes. Downloading illegal music is akin to stealing a CD or a painting. It's art, and people have a right to the rewards of their skill. Now, I'm a big fan of public domain, but unless the U.S. makes a big shift toward socialism in the near future, I doubt that you, or any of us, will be working for free. Don't force someone to give you their hard work without any pay off.

Many people willingly give their time for free: look into freeware and free indie music. Start with OpenOffice.org and The Gimp. If that doesn't work for you... wait until you get a job. Software is not essential to your survival.

Edit: I guess a great deal happened as I was writing the above. So, my disclaimer: I in no way advocate illegal activities, nor to I seek to belittle those who engage in them. I simply believe that, if you choose to reap the benefits of society, that you should allow others to as well.

[ Monday, July 23, 2007 13:01: Message edited by: Actaeon ]

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Harry Potter *WITH SPOILERS* in General
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Did it bug anyone else that Harry's final defeat of Voldemort hinged on an artifact that wasn't even mentioned until halfway through the final book? I know Harry's been dependent on luck every step of the way, but the fact that disarming Malfoy saved his life just gets under my skin.

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Harry Potter *WITH SPOILERS* in General
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I suppose Rowling was still trying to strip Harry of everything from his former life, making it more believable that he would, in the end, go quietly. Most of the things he had attachments to (the big exception being Ginny) no longer existed by the time he had to make the choice.

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Harry Potter in General
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I agree with Thuryl. This thread profoundly effected the way I read this book. Try applying the double meaning in "He drew out his own wand and compared lengths."

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Harry Potter in General
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Anyone for uninformed (that is to say, not based off of leaked copies) predictions? I'm better on at least 2 Weasleys (red hair = red shirt) dead, and a end which makes Snape look like less of a bad guy. Of course, I haven't obsessively poured over an HP book since the fourth came out, so I'm sure I missed many of the hints that were embedded in the later books.

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Harry Potter in General
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I'd say the chance of a Harry-as-Christ ending is just shy of 50%.

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Harry Potter in General
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I think that I can at least wait until Saturday.

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Harry Potter in General
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Normally I would not pose such a questions, particularly given the prevalence of intellectuals in this community. However, given the presence of a few younger members, I'll have to ask: Anyone planning on reading the next Harry Potter book? Any predictions? I must admit, having started the series in my youth, I intend to discover how it ends.

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WFGIYG in General
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I suppose reason does not always succeed in winning the argument. Well. I'm off to play KOL.

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WFGIYG in General
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Some people are of the opinion that graphics do not define a game. Sure, good graphics are nice, but having a valuable plot is essential. Feel free to debate the idea, though, but please do so in a logical, level headed manner. I'd ask you to leave your sanity at the door, but I suspect you're a lost cause.

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Life on Europa in General
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Perhaps I read The Martian Chronicles one too many times, but I can't help but think that, rather than discovering life on Europa, we might be the ones to plant it. Consider the high probability that any sub that we sent that far would first have to be tested in our own oceans. If some super tough tubeworm was to hitch a ride to some vents in another world... Who knows what we'd find on our next expedition. On that note, who's to say we weren't seeded by life forms from another planet?

Edit: Alex got there before me. All I have to say to his query is that, in the event that the idea comes up, I doubt many would be against introducing life elsewhere in the Solar System. I don't think it will be on the agenda, though. Accidental seeding is far more likely.

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Europa, God, and you, or Where it all fits. in General
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Now that's interesting: one of the things that I find most odd about the Christian faith is the concept of an eternal soul. I certainly have a sense of an all encompassing, cosmic "soul" (manifested in a certain beautiful harmony that could never be adequately described), but the idea that an individual personality should outlive the organism to which it belongs seems very outlandish. I'm happy enough being part of the Carbon cycle, if I can just manage to die in a manner that keeps my body from being recovered.

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