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悪魔 in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 6666
Profile #3
I applaud you. Sign of the devil indeed - and then some.
Posts: 353 | Registered: Monday, January 9 2006 08:00
Native Americans in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 6666
Profile #4
There's a thread in Desp as well.

I for one can't listen to Creek Mary's Blood without trying to crack open my skull by bashing it into any hard surface available. There's just something so very phony about a Finnish woman singing about the plight of people thousands of kilometres and hundreds of years away from her, using that unbearable accent of hers. And the ending with John Two-Hawks reciting a poem in (apparently) Lakota - bleach.

As for the actual topic, I can't say much on the matter. Of course what happened to the native Americans was a travesty, but on the other hand, this board probably wouldn't exist if it had not occurred.

[ Sunday, May 07, 2006 11:59: Message edited by: Redstart ]
Posts: 353 | Registered: Monday, January 9 2006 08:00
The Abominable Photo Thread IV: A New Hope in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 6666
Profile #149
(This post has been rendered useless, and has therefore been closed by the E.D.F.)

Ah... good times.

[ Thursday, May 04, 2006 11:24: Message edited by: Redstart ]
Posts: 353 | Registered: Monday, January 9 2006 08:00
May Day Poll in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 6666
Profile #6
True. But then again, I'm not a real communist. (Given my future line of work, it would be quite difficult to keep a leftist attitude going for a very long time.)
Posts: 353 | Registered: Monday, January 9 2006 08:00
May Day Poll in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 6666
Profile #4
May Day is an international communist holiday? Goddamn, and I just thought it was a local excuse to get drunk. That said, I spent the day oiling my liver with a barley-based beverage. Long live the working class! Down with the Fat Cats! Viva la Revolución! (etc.)
Posts: 353 | Registered: Monday, January 9 2006 08:00
Languages in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 6666
Profile #1
You stand corrected.

And in order to complain about the poll a bit, none of the languages I speak are listed in the second question. While it's understandable for e.g. Swedish, I would imagine there being more people who speak German (or English for that matter), than Dutch. No offence, Thralni.

Oh, right. The "please specify" bit: I speak Finnish, Swedish, German and English.

[ Friday, April 28, 2006 02:10: Message edited by: Redstart ]
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A sequel for Star Control II? in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 6666
Profile #4
What Thuryl said. Besides, SC3 didn't have the original designers (Paul Reiche III and Fred Ford) on the team. Basically what it did was water down and/or ruin every interesting story line that SC2 built.

By the way, did I actually reach anyone who cares with this thing? Because if just one email got sent, I'd consider the topic a success.

Edit: typo.

[ Tuesday, April 25, 2006 04:53: Message edited by: Redstart ]
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A sequel for Star Control II? in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 6666
Profile #0
Hi ya,
I read the CoC through twice, and I do hope this is not considered off-topic material:

Toys for Bob, the makers of Star Control II, are considering making a sequel to the series. What they need now, is for many, many fans of the game to sign a petition to show their publisher, Accolade, that there is already a large customer base, and that the game is therefore worth doing.

The petition is at:
http://sc2.sourceforge.net/petition/petition.php

Please, only send it if you know and like the game, and would like to see a (real) sequel.
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Death Penalty in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 6666
Profile #2
Goriest, as in involving the most blood? I'd say chopping off a person's head would spill a lot of it.

As for the most unpleasant, maybe the molten lead. I would imagine that method takes it's time to kill the victim, as well as inducing some quite unpleasant feelings.

The choking, even for all the reasons stated above, would probably not feel as bad for the chokee. This is obviously just guessing, since I have no experience in any of these.
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Power Corrupts in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 6666
Profile #12
A book written by humans while under the influence of the holy spirit, i.e. directly influenced by God. At least, according to Jahvist lore.
Posts: 353 | Registered: Monday, January 9 2006 08:00
How many people would like spiderweb software to make a game for the nintendo DS in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 6666
Profile #22
I'm glad to see the community come together for important matters such as these.

Nothing like a unilateral squashing of an unaccomplishable idea.
Posts: 353 | Registered: Monday, January 9 2006 08:00
The favorite rating abominable photo game vs. return of the undead karma census poll! in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 6666
Profile #12
quote:
Originally written by Dikiyoba:

IMAGE(http://i1.tinypic.com/v7ry3a.jpg)
This one kinda reminds me of a pterodactyl, which is fitting, I suppose. You know, what with the name Dikiyoba, and all.

Congratulations on the insane posting rate.
Posts: 353 | Registered: Monday, January 9 2006 08:00
The Abominable Photo Thread IV: A New Hope in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 6666
Profile #89
Yowza.
Posts: 353 | Registered: Monday, January 9 2006 08:00
Boa scenario's: what stage are they in now? in Blades of Avernum
Shock Trooper
Member # 6666
Profile #10
This is a public service announcement:
quote:
On his website, Smoo wrote:
[Regarding Rats Aplenty:]
How much is done:

- Plot: 100 %
- Town Design 19 %
- Outdoor Design 14 %
- Dialogue 28 %

What I managed to do this weekend (3rd of April)

I wrote around 60 dialogue nodes this leave. While it is what I was planning to write I was hoping I could write more. I just lost too much time due to exhaustion and real-life. I also wrote a creature script that a tougher rare enemy will be using. The outdoors also recieved a few more trees.

I'll be stuck again next weekend, but after that it's Easter and I get a total of FOUR DAYS off the base. I'll probably hit the 200 node limit by then. Fortunately I already figured a way around it.

Estimated release date:

Hopefully before July 7th


Posts: 353 | Registered: Monday, January 9 2006 08:00
United Nations? in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 6666
Profile #38
Ditto.
Must be some kind of national "don't use the internet" month, and I haven't been informed.

Edit: Typo.

[ Thursday, April 06, 2006 09:01: Message edited by: Redstart ]
Posts: 353 | Registered: Monday, January 9 2006 08:00
Hey Llama are you there in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 6666
Profile #7
Very respectful of you. After all, a thread like this can't afford to be sidetracked from its worthy topic.
Posts: 353 | Registered: Monday, January 9 2006 08:00
Indian Doctor Jailed For Agreeing To Abort Female Fetus in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 6666
Profile #42
Gentlemen, I leave the floor to you. Clearly I have been outclassed in both debate and verbal skills.
Posts: 353 | Registered: Monday, January 9 2006 08:00
Indian Doctor Jailed For Agreeing To Abort Female Fetus in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 6666
Profile #27
I wish Thuryl was still with us. We could use some hard cold medical facts. Especially for what David said:
quote:
[...]if it has 46 human chromosomes (or 47, but let's deal with non-mutants for the moment), it is a human cell. If every one of such cells in an organism is killed, a human life has been extinguished[...] [...]the only real reason it's ok to kill a fetus and not a baby is that you can't see the fetus' cute little face.

Religion has nothing to do with this. 46 = human, death of organism containing 46 = murder (or infanticide in this case). It's simple as that. Call me an ignorant, religion-imposin' [FYT] fundie if it makes you feel better, but that's the way it lies.
You're a religion-imposing fundie. (Ah, much better.) Seriously though, there is the matter of fetal development to be taken into consideration. After all, a week 37 fetus is a whole different matter than a week 4 embryo. (I would not call an embryo human, rather a very strong potential for human life.) But this is why legislation in almost every country limits abortion to early pregnancy, right?

quote:
Originally written by Drakefyre:

[...]An abortion is a serious decision to be made[...] [...]The only real reasons I can see for an abortion are 1) the health of the mother is in danger 2) the mother was a victim of rape/incest 3) the parents are far too young to raise a child.
I agree with you on the seriousness completely. As for acceptable reasons, how would you feel about 4) the health of the child is in danger? For example, if an incurable birth defect, which will weaken and/or shorten the quality of the child's life considerably, is detected reasonably early.

Hmm. I did some research, and it would seem that there's less reason for Finns (or Aussies for that matter) to protest against abortion, seeing as legislation in those countries (as well as many others) limits abortion to reasons specified above by Drakefyre.

[ Wednesday, April 05, 2006 05:10: Message edited by: Redstart ]
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Indian Doctor Jailed For Agreeing To Abort Female Fetus in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 6666
Profile #17
quote:
From context, I gather this should be "pro-life". ;)
Oops, you're right. It's fixed now. You know, it would be easier if both sides didn't name themselves 'pro-something'. I mean, can't the abortion supporters just call themselves anti-life? I'm sure that wouldn't cause them to lose support.
Posts: 353 | Registered: Monday, January 9 2006 08:00
Indian Doctor Jailed For Agreeing To Abort Female Fetus in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 6666
Profile #14
quote:
Originally written by Ash Lael:

Why are you bringing religion into it? No one else has so far. Pro-life people simply believe that 1) a fetus is a baby and 2) killing babies is wrong. You don't need to be religious to believe either of those things.
Oh. Sorry, my bad. Like I said, we don't have a pro-life movement over here, and the only times I've heard their rhetorics, they've been ripe with comments along the lines of "Jesus cries whenever you kill a baby".

So do you believe killing babies (=abortion) is wrong under every circumstance? The classic example:

a woman gets raped and becomes pregnant. Should she still be forced to keep the baby for at least the forty weeks, and then give it up for adoption?

Or even a lighter example: an eighteen-year-old gets pregnant while in university. The father won't step up to the plate. In order to care for her child, she would have to drop out and get a minimum wage job, effectively ruining her chances of a well-to-do future. Still no abortion?

As for my views on this particular incident in India: I believe aborting a fetus based on sex is wrong for two reasons:
1) The obscene notion that a boy is a more valuable child than a girl.
2) Like Alo said, the skewed male-to-female ratios would present a problem for the nation/culture a generation later.

(As for abortion irregardless of sex, it is up to the woman, or ideally the would-be parents.)

[ Tuesday, April 04, 2006 23:22: Message edited by: Redstart ]
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Indian Doctor Jailed For Agreeing To Abort Female Fetus in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 6666
Profile #11
quote:
Originally written by Ash Lael:

Killing the fetus is fine, just so long as you aren't sexually discriminating? :confused: ... (Followed by other confusing pro-life comments.)
Now this is why I'm glad I live in Finland. We've never, ever had a problem with religious groups trying to outlaw abortion. Religion, as well as abortion, are considered to be such a private matter that they don't merit public debate - people don't flaunt their religion as arguments for anything, and noone cares if a twenty-year-old aborts her unborn child.

Still, I'm always a bit uncomfortable when I have to watch a pro-life, or (for example) Creationism/ID debate. The arguments presented by the other side are so out of this (=my) world, that I can't believe my ears.
Posts: 353 | Registered: Monday, January 9 2006 08:00
United Nations? in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 6666
Profile #20
What Zeviz said. Furthermore:
quote:
From Arancaytar:
Rather than just complain about an incompetently done poll, I'd point out this alternative.
quote:
Originally written by me (post #4):

Also, this might give some insight on the different nationalities.
Someone hasn't been getting enough sleep, eh Aran? ( :P )
Posts: 353 | Registered: Monday, January 9 2006 08:00
United Nations? in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 6666
Profile #3
It's been done, at least as a part of a census questionnaire (I'm a bit lost for words) thingy. But should be interesting enough to see a nice bar chart on the subject. Now, if only enough people would vote.

From what I gather, we have quite a large portion of Finns here, perhaps the largest amount after the English-speaking countries.

Also, this might give some insight on the different nationalities.
Posts: 353 | Registered: Monday, January 9 2006 08:00
The Abominable Photo Thread IV: A New Hope in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 6666
Profile #29
Time for a new one already? Goddamn Alec, when I said I might post in the next photo thread, I assumed it would be at least six months until it showed up. Oh well. I actually have an abundance of pictures of my face - a few of my friends seem to think I'm the most interesting thing to shoot when under the influence. Here's a selection:

Giving a neutral glance
Pose

Wow, this is really scary. I haven't had a picture of me online since 1998. Nevertheless, many thanks to Aran for hosting the files. I am in your debt.
Posts: 353 | Registered: Monday, January 9 2006 08:00
Just because we all love census topics in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 6666
Profile #21
What is the weirdest thing you've ever seen?
-I have an open mind. Wouldn't say anything I've seen is weird.

What is the weirdest thing you've done?
-Same as above. Although most people I've met (supposedly) describe me as weird, so I guess... everything?

What is the most humiliating thing you have ever done for money?
-In retrospect, telemarketing.

What is the most humiliating thing you would ever do for money?
-When the price is right, anything short of causing permanent injury to a living creature. (Greedy? Me?)

If you could travel back time, what historical event would you like to witness “live” and why?
-The fall of the Khmer empire. So that I would know why.

If someone made a movie about your life, what would it be called?
-Series of uneventful events.

If you were a meal how would you describe yourself?
-Easy on the meat, foul tasting, unsanitary. (This has nothing to do with how I would describe myself as a person.)

Have you ever gone a whole day without wearing underwear?
-No. No I haven't.

What is the stupidest thing you’ve ever bought?
-(Looks around) I regret nothing. Everything I own serves a purpose - I'm very functional.

If you had to kill a SW member, who would it be and why?
-First off, I would never kill anyone I knew so little about. Hmm. When thinking about the boards only, I would probably kill one of the non-posters, because they've contributed nothing to the community. Then again, do they count as members?

If you had to pick between TM or Alec, who would you pick? and WHY?(You can't ignore the question, you can't answer neither, and NO it's not for killing)
-Pick them for what? To be my bestest buddy? I'm ambivalent between the two, both are interesting people. But, for the sake of avoiding tentacle-evasion in any of my orifices, I'll say Alec.
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