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What would you do with a billion dollars? in General
Warrior
Member # 6401
Profile #86
As a test to the Swedish postal system (I live in Sweden), I'd give one dollar to every person in China and get them to buy a postcard and send it to me.

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Posts: 147 | Registered: Tuesday, October 18 2005 07:00
Longest Word in General
Warrior
Member # 6401
Profile #23
quote:
Glenelg - the main beachside central suburb in Adelaide.
Glenelg is also a small town in Western Scotland. It is the UK's only palindromic placename as far as I know; perhaps Australia's too?

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Posts: 147 | Registered: Tuesday, October 18 2005 07:00
Short Political Quiz in General
Warrior
Member # 6401
Profile #28
VCH, even if it is the joint responsibility of the rich and the poor to get the poor into a better situation, the point is that the rich are the ones who have the power to do this, not the poor. That's perhaps why most of the emphasis is put on them. And the worst thing is when the rich agree to work to help the poor somehow, but only on their own special conditions. (With the intention of limiting the amount of power the poor will ever have.)

[ Sunday, December 11, 2005 23:13: Message edited by: Thin Air ]

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Why do you play games? in General
Warrior
Member # 6401
Profile #7
Out of interest, does anyone know how many of each game Spiderweb has sold? Or the number downloaded compared to the number registered?

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Posts: 147 | Registered: Tuesday, October 18 2005 07:00
Short Political Quiz in General
Warrior
Member # 6401
Profile #20
Oh I see. Shot down in flames then. As usual I managed to understand everything backwards.

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Posts: 147 | Registered: Tuesday, October 18 2005 07:00
Short Political Quiz in General
Warrior
Member # 6401
Profile #16
quote:
Originally written by *i:

The counter argument as to being rich is that societies system has allowed you to live the lifestyle you do. As part of society allowing you to live an affluent lifestyle, you also take more of part (as compensation for having more) of a responsibility in helping maintain that society.
So you are taking responsibility for making sure that you remain affluent, and that others like you remain affluent. And people born into the same society but with completely different economic circumstances (about which they had no choice) are also 'helped' to stay in that situation.

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Posts: 147 | Registered: Tuesday, October 18 2005 07:00
Number words in English in General
Warrior
Member # 6401
Profile #8
Good :) , as it still sounds American not to use the and. I was also thinking of 'A Hundred and One Dalmatians'... not that it must be right just because the book is called that, but I've never heard any complaints about it.

Generally, in Europe (so in other languages than English too), a milliard is 1000 x 1,000,000
and a billion is 1,000,000 x 1,000,000.

[ Tuesday, November 22, 2005 10:18: Message edited by: Thin Air ]

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Number words in English in General
Warrior
Member # 6401
Profile #4
Yes but who decides what is wrong? I know there are language boards and so on in some countries which come up with lots of rules, and there are also grammar books, but grammar books seem to record the language as it is, not dictate how it should be (at least they ought to). Not all grammar does make logical sense; English is proof enough of that. In fact the most commonly used words and expressions in most languages tend to be the ones that change the most over time, and so vary from what was once 'correct' (eg the fact that the verb 'to be' is irregular in many languages, since it is used more than any other verb).

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Posts: 147 | Registered: Tuesday, October 18 2005 07:00
Number words in English in General
Warrior
Member # 6401
Profile #2
Why is it wrong to say 'one hundred and one'? Or where did you learn this? To me it sounds like American English to say it without the and. Or if not American it sounds a bit funny... I would always say it with the and, and I think people around me do too.

(Of course, we could all be wrong. But if something is used enough in a language, doesn't it eventually become 'correct'?)

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Posts: 147 | Registered: Tuesday, October 18 2005 07:00
IMG Previews A4. in General
Warrior
Member # 6401
Profile #29
quote:
Originally written by Thuryl:

Once A4 is released, discussion on it will likely move to the Avernum Series forum anyway.
It should do, but I sort of suspect it will just continue here as well. For example, why isn't THIS topic in the Avernum series forum?

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IMG Previews A4. in General
Warrior
Member # 6401
Profile #25
A polite request.

When A4 is released and everyone starts talking about it, please will you make it VERY CLEAR in the topic title or something that you're talking about A4?

Some of us don't have our nice macs with us at the moment and won't be able to start playing it for several months... I couldn't STAND coming across lots of spoilers without realising, and I don't want to be tiptoeing around General for ages and ages.

Appreciate your understanding.

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Posts: 147 | Registered: Tuesday, October 18 2005 07:00
Birthday Present in General
Warrior
Member # 6401
Profile #4
Well, WHY was the little woollen sheep the best present ever? Or is it too personal? :)

My friends all live far away in different countries. Just looking for general tips. What about the very worst present? For me, that would definitely be soon after my parents' divorce, when they both got me the same set of books for Christmas. Oyoyoyoy. Sorry, didn't mean to be too tragic. 8)
Posts: 147 | Registered: Tuesday, October 18 2005 07:00
Birthday Present in General
Warrior
Member # 6401
Profile #0
What's the best birthday present you ever got?

I'm looking for ideas for friends. Trying to think what mine might have been...
Posts: 147 | Registered: Tuesday, October 18 2005 07:00
Came back from Holland to find that most of my best friends are bi. in General
Warrior
Member # 6401
Profile #66
http://www.newint.org/issue201/sodom.htm
Posts: 147 | Registered: Tuesday, October 18 2005 07:00
Avernum 4? in General
Warrior
Member # 6401
Profile #441
Forgive my ignorance, but can someone explain what an 'engine' actually is/does regarding these games? I can see the obvious differences in appearance between Avernum and Geneforge, and I assume that's to do with the engine, and now that there's a new one for A4 everyone is discussing how this will affect how different the game will be from previous ones. Is it some sort of 'blueprint'... or something comparable to an operating system, so that comparing A3 to A4 is a bit like comparing OS 9 to OS X?

(No need to explain what all the differences are; I guess that's what half this thread is about.)

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Posts: 147 | Registered: Tuesday, October 18 2005 07:00
What's your best joke? in General
Warrior
Member # 6401
Profile #34
Not sure if they're my best jokes, but anyway...:

What has four legs and will kill you if it falls out of a tree?
- A piano

Definition of a string quartet:
A good violinist
A bad violinist
An ex-violinist
Someone who hates violinists

(Okay so most pianos actually have 3 legs, if they have any.)

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Posts: 147 | Registered: Tuesday, October 18 2005 07:00
Avernum 4? in General
Warrior
Member # 6401
Profile #409
Well clearly A4 is already too far along the road for Jeff to incorporate people's ideas now (didn't he say he started writing it over a year ago?), but it's still nice to speculate about things people want in new games. And I expect A4 will have lots of cool stuff that people haven't really thought of, so there'll be lots to keep us occupied.

My guess is, it'll be ace. (Though admittedly I'm not a highly critical gamer.)

Okay, so I did it. I gave in and registered. Been a wanderer for a while now, and it's very amusing so I decided to join in. Before anyone says it, I didn't have much left for those turtles; a blue dog ran off with my sanity quite some time ago. Nice to meet you all!
Posts: 147 | Registered: Tuesday, October 18 2005 07:00

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