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How Did You Find Spiderweb? in General
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Found E2 on a shareware disk.
Finally played it several years later.
Fell in love with it.
Played it to death.
Got an internet connection at home two years later.
Went online to find out the rest of the story.
Discovered Spiderweb homepage.
Discovered Exile Trilogy and BoE. Downloaded demos. Played them to death. Began to save up to buy them.
Randomly checked Spiderweb homepage again. Discovered Geneforge. Wasn't too interested. Discovered Avernum Trilogy. Downloaded and played to death.
Went back, to check prices. Discovered the recent Mac release of BoA.
Fast-forward to following September. Finally geting broadband, bought Avernum trilogy and BoA.
Discovered forums while researching which custom scenarios to get.
Experimented with BoA Editor. Younger brother and I thought we might be able to write a scenario or two. We joined the forums some time later, after coming up with a few concepts.
Life has since caught up with both of us. :)
But somehow, I'm still here.
Go figure.
E/A2 is still my favorite.

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The Silent Assassin figures.
Now go.

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-Lenar Labs
What's Your Destiny?

Ushmushmeifa: Lenar's power is almighty and ineffable.

All hail lord Noric, god of... well, something important, I'm sure.
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A Public Opinion Survey in General
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1. Even a brilliant, successful pirate depends more on bluster and intimidation in forces than on skill. In a one-on-one, the ninja wins every time.
Now, a ninja trying to take out a pirate captain on a fully-crewed ship at sea would likely land a better chance of being killed by accident by a crew member than getting close enough to kill his target.

2. Vikings were traditionally trained to do that whole one-on-one berserk thing. Spartans, not so much. While I do anticipate some rather fancy weapon and footwork from the Spartan, the guy with more armor who is used to lobbing off limbs for a living will likely do more damage faster. The Viking will likely walk away wondering why all the Spartan used to deffend himself was a pointed stick.

3. My first inclination is that the Shaper's creations would totally rock the Avernite during the first turn; however, there are a few game aspects that appear to be overlooked.
Firstly, to get through an Avernum game, one has to take on odds like a half-dozen full-powered creations for every party member several times. While this is obviously only a single member from a party, one can assume that the Avernite is well-armored and skilled enough to take at least one round's worth of severe beatings, if not several rounds' worth.
Secondly, in keeping with Avernum tradition, this Avernite, being a spellcaster, will naturally down a Haste potion and then cast Arcane Summon. Several times. Likely with much potion-drinkage in between, regardless of who or what is in the adjacent tiles.
The shaper will no doubt attempt to force all missile attacks at the Avernite, but will have to seriously consider defense once the summoned demons start calling in reinforcements.
I see one of two outcomes: either the Avernite somehow manages to pack enough potions to out-summon/heal/cast the shaper, who we can assume is equally equipped with pods and potions; or the Avernite will slip out somewhere in the summoning orgy and flee, causing a draw .

4. My limited knowledge of the samurai (especially in relation to my knowledge of the knight) suggests that he has less training on the horse than the knight , and that his armor is significantly less protective.

5. Hmm. I don't know much about either, and I don't feel like looking it up.
If the Celt is Tyran, the Aztec wins.
Otherwise, probably the Celt . I mean, who wouldn't hesitate if they saw a blue guy charging?

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The Silent Assassin wins because he is awesome.
The world may now bow out in defeat.

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-Lenar Labs
What's Your Destiny?

Ushmushmeifa: Lenar's power is almighty and ineffable.

All hail lord Noric, god of... well, something important, I'm sure.
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Need Avernum Lore in General
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This is as comprehensive as it gets.

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The Silent Assassin knows no bounds.
Perhaps that's why he always gets called for offsides.

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-Lenar Labs
What's Your Destiny?

Ushmushmeifa: Lenar's power is almighty and ineffable.

All hail lord Noric, god of... well, something important, I'm sure.
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What are you learning right now? in General
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Broadcast journalism. Wow. I actually laughed.
It's a shame that my brother already went to bed... he'd get a kick out of that...

It's not personal. I'm just not fond of a good deal of professional "broadcast journalists".
Believe it or not, Rowen, you and I are pretty much doing the same thing. I'm majoring in what my school calls "Electronic Media", which, given my concentrations, means that I'm doing audio and video production, with a tidbit of broadcasting (including a little journalism, sales, trafficking, and basic operations) thrown in. My dream is to start, own, and operate a production studio, with an eventual hope of producing at least one mainstream film. Or maybe inspire a TV series.

Advice for someone at the start, from a college senior / experienced broadcaster?
GET AS MUCH EXPERIENCE AS YOU CAN. NOW. RIGHT NOW. GET OUT OF YOUR CHAIR AND GET IT.
Getting on your profs' good side by showing an early interest in learning (and taking some of the less glamourous jobs) is a brilliant move that I neglected to make. The more you learn, the better you get, and then the more they like you; so they give you more stuff to do, and you learn more, and so on. It's a great little cycle that helps you become the best... and gets you a few connections, to boot.
Helping upperclassmen with projects works; and trying to get a job at a school radio station or news center gives you great connections early on.
The right people are everything.
It won't hurt to know a few theatre majors.
Oh. And check with your advisor very early on to make sure that you start your tech classes as soon as possible. :D

It's good to know that there are more aspirants out there... media can impact society in ways that society can barely comprehend. Those who learn to use it correctly can change the world.

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The Silent Assassin once spun the world off of its axis. It promptly rolled out the door and into the coffee table in our living room, causing our Chinese Take-Out to be scattered across the stars.
The moral: I need to start locking the door to the den again.

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-Lenar Labs
What's Your Destiny?

Ushmushmeifa: Lenar's power is almighty and ineffable.

All hail lord Noric, god of... well, something important, I'm sure.
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What are you learning right now? in General
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It's a bad idea to do full whiteface in 95+ degree weather, and pulling gnats out of one's makeup is very unpleasant...

Oh, you mean classes?

COM 2410: Fundamentals of Oral Interpretation:
Essentially, we learn how to read out loud.

EMTC 4110: Mass Media Law and Regulation:
I think the title is self-explainatory. All that we've covered so far is that the FCC has a constitutional right to exist, and that while the First Amendment technically does not cover broadcast media, it is the basis for all laws regulating broadcast media. Today, specifically, we learned about 12 different approaches to interpreting the First Amendment.

EMTC 2130: Writing for Electronic Media:
My sojourn in WV will likely have taught me more than this class will, but it is one of the core courses for my major.
The first half of the semester is writing for broadcast journalism. The second half is writing copy for dramatization and advertisement. Guess which half I'm looking forward to.

EMTC 3150: E-Media Ethics:
Where we talk about how our personal values affect what we do.

CDMU 2600: Intro to Conducting:
Choral style conducting, to be exact, though the curriculum is essentially the same as the instrumental course. I picked this one because I need it for my music minor, and I like the prof.

EMTC 3731: Video Production Practicum:
I work camera in chapel.
I can't believe the school pays someone to sit up in a booth and tell students how much they suck. Well, not entirely. The director actually gets constuctive criticism.

Alas, I completed my theology minor last semester.
Also on the to-do list is a lot of paperwork from WV, and of course, my position on the campus radio station production team. And clowning. Clowning is fun.

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The Silent Assassin once considered using the evil clown motif, but he felt that people wouldn't take him seriously.

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-Lenar Labs
What's Your Destiny?

Ushmushmeifa: Lenar's power is almighty and ineffable.

All hail lord Noric, god of... well, something important, I'm sure.
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New Spiderweb product idea in General
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The Silent Assassin has successfully tunneled from our basement into our backyard for the third time.
The issue I have with this is that his time dialation theories are convincing him that he's created a wormhole to Tibet. Go figure.

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-Lenar Labs
What's Your Destiny?

Ushmushmeifa: Lenar's power is almighty and ineffable.

All hail lord Noric, god of... well, something important, I'm sure.
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Park rangers are cute in General
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Puts the wall of webbing into perspective, doesn't it?

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The Silent Assassin considered using a race of spiders as a nemesis in a story he was writing; but he eventually dismissed them, as he believes them to be overused.
I'm not sure that the midget fish people he proposed would take their place do much better.

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-Lenar Labs
What's Your Destiny?

Ushmushmeifa: Lenar's power is almighty and ineffable.

All hail lord Noric, god of... well, something important, I'm sure.
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Who Wants to be Superhero? in General
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Secrets revealed!
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EDIT: Silly UBB formatting.

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The Silent Assassin would like to remind all forumers that he is not responsible for anything posted above that little dashed line.
Even if he did suggest it.

[ Monday, August 27, 2007 14:52: Message edited by: Lenar ]

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-Lenar Labs
What's Your Destiny?

Ushmushmeifa: Lenar's power is almighty and ineffable.

All hail lord Noric, god of... well, something important, I'm sure.
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Who Wants to be Superhero? in General
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EDIT: Ever have one of those days where the punchline only ever comes to you right after you hit the post button?

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The Silent Assassin is not Super.
He is The Awesome.
In his own little world, anyway.

[ Sunday, August 26, 2007 22:27: Message edited by: Lenar ]

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-Lenar Labs
What's Your Destiny?

Ushmushmeifa: Lenar's power is almighty and ineffable.

All hail lord Noric, god of... well, something important, I'm sure.
Posts: 735 | Registered: Monday, January 16 2006 08:00
Episode 4: Spiderweb Reloaded. Something like that anyway. in General
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Just a random thought, Diki; you may want to be sure that there's a prominent link to your Ermarian pages on the Freewebs site, just so that people who hear about this secondhand (like myself) don't get confused and alarmed when they can't find it.

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The Silent Assassin puts you in check.
The best way to get out is to scream as loud as you can and pray that there's a baggage attendant around to hear you.

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-Lenar Labs
What's Your Destiny?

Ushmushmeifa: Lenar's power is almighty and ineffable.

I like speaking my mind, when the voices let me hear it.
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The Sky Is Falling...? in General
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The conclusions that I have drawn from global warming data have left me in the "warming/cooling cycles" camp.

Do I think that human contributions to greenhouse gasses are a factor in the mean global temperature at all? I don't know, though I will not disallow the possiblity; there is not enough conclusive evidence in either direction yet. Come back in half a century, and we'll see. And even then, the global warming craze will have effected the results.
Do I think that CO2 levels have anything to do with it? Not really. But again, see previous question.
Do I think that many people (even here) are overreacting, demonstrating a total lack of objectivity on both ends of the spectrum, and are becoming a bit too hostile for any progress to be made for the betterment of all? Yes.

Do I think that something should be done? Well, I'm all for trying to preclude a problem. Of course, I like the fact that all of the energy-efficient stuff that I try to participate in does more than preclude a potential threat to the environment: I'm one of those fools who is currently looking ahead to the day when our fossil fuels will run out. Whether CO2 or H2Og has anything to with messing with the atmosphere, one still has to consider that one of the most basic elements of our way of life is mostly based on a form of resource that is both expensive and finite: the fossil fuels that are used to generate our electricity.
Frankly, I look forward to a day when none of our power comes from creating steam to push a turbine, or burning gas to push a piston. I wish people would stop politicking and get down to finding out what actually works.

I'm rather surprised that this little gem hasn't been brought up yet. I personally like his conclusions, especially those stating that lying about the situation to make some people act doesn't help the situation in the long run. It's a good read, despite any views on global warming (he does make an attempt to strike at both sides, though it ends up being skewed a bit farther right than many of our more vocal members might like. [/random ad]

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The Silent Assassin would like to add that in honor of this thread, he will cease using whipped cream grenades for a week.
He'll use the rocket-powered pie launcher instead.

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-Lenar Labs
What's Your Destiny?

Ushmushmeifa: Lenar's power is almighty and ineffable.

All hail lord Noric, god of... well, something important, I'm sure.
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Starting/Early Scenarios? in Blades of Avernum
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Ouch. On both counts.
I guess I still have the outdated version :P .
My Apologies.

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The Silent Assassin really thinks that I deserve to take the blame for that Porche incident.
I don't see why he keeps saying that. It was the neighbor's kid messing around with his paintball gun. I watched it happen.

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-Lenar Labs
What's Your Destiny?

Ushmushmeifa: Lenar's power is almighty and ineffable.

All hail lord Noric, god of... well, something important, I'm sure.
Posts: 735 | Registered: Monday, January 16 2006 08:00
Starting/Early Scenarios? in Blades of Avernum
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Of course, Dintiradan left out the fact that "Beefing up" involves acquiring the specialized artifacts and custom items that can be found in each scenario.

Fortunately, if you feel like taking the shortcut and using the High Level Party Maker, there is the Artifacts hall.
Both of these scenarios can be found at the Scenario Database, along with every other known playable BoA scenario ever made.

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-Lenar Labs
What's Your Destiny?

Ushmushmeifa: Lenar's power is almighty and ineffable.

All hail lord Noric, god of... well, something important, I'm sure.
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items in Blades of Avernum Editor
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Once you read the manual and get the data file started, you may want to check out the Item Editor.
But you really do want to read the manual first.

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The Silent Assassin has suggested that I do a shameless plug for my Link Library, which offers links to most designers' sites, as well as sources for utilities that are held as the community standards.
But I don't think this is necessary; I mean, the link is already in my sig.

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-Lenar Labs
What's Your Destiny?

Ushmushmeifa: Lenar's power is almighty and ineffable.

All hail lord Noric, god of... well, something important, I'm sure.
Posts: 735 | Registered: Monday, January 16 2006 08:00
Social Degradation and Religious Decay (Split from "Life on Europa") in General
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Well, in regards to what happens after life... I have hope, you don't. Ha ha. :P

In regards to an incentive to be "perky"... the presence and assistance of the Holy Spirit in a Christian's life leads toward a change in the Christian's character, increasing the presence of virtues such as peace, joy, love, etc.
According to many of my pastor friends and theology teachers, this is supposed to come naturally. But it has nothing to do with perkiness.

Perky Christians are a social construct created by a generation of Personality Type-A youth pastors who rebelled against their dour, pious, boring parents.
Someone got it into their head somewhere that being perky and positive and encouraging and excited for God makes people like you , and that is the popular view held by most Christians today, and is continued through the unfortunate development of popular Christian media.

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The Silent Assassin gets violent when I'm not perky.
Suffice to say, there's a reason why I send him out of the house a lot.

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-Lenar Labs
What's Your Destiny?

Ushmushmeifa: Lenar's power is almighty and ineffable.

All hail lord Noric, god of... well, something important, I'm sure.
Posts: 735 | Registered: Monday, January 16 2006 08:00
Social Degradation and Religious Decay (Split from "Life on Europa") in General
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1 Point For Thuryl.
My first inclination on that one is the 'coming of the kingdom' is the Ascension; but you're right, something doesn't quite sit right there.
I'll have to look into that.

quote:
Originally by Synergy:
The typical Christian, as ever, sees doom and gloom and things just getting worse.
Quoted for sad, ironic, and somehow delicious truth.
Best part is, said typical Christians don't do a thing to try to fix it.
Except for voting for the pro-life candidate, of course.

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The Silent Assassin acquires Blueberry Jam.
Run while you can.
Trust me.

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-Lenar Labs
What's Your Destiny?

Ushmushmeifa: Lenar's power is almighty and ineffable.

All hail lord Noric, god of... well, something important, I'm sure.
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Life on Europa in General
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Okay, here's a question... if you had to pick a sci-fi universe that would actually be real, which one would it be, and why?

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The Silent Assassin swears that he had an unitentional cameo during one of the street "documentations" in the Twilight Zone.
I don't know what this had to do with what he wanted for dinner, unless he was implying something about my cooking.

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-Lenar Labs
What's Your Destiny?

Ushmushmeifa: Lenar's power is almighty and ineffable.

All hail lord Noric, god of... well, something important, I'm sure.
Posts: 735 | Registered: Monday, January 16 2006 08:00
Social Degradation and Religious Decay (Split from "Life on Europa") in General
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quote:
Originally written by Stillness:

I know practically nothing about everything.

Yes, and this is unfortunately becoming more and more aparrent as your post count increases.

The significance of prophesy in a religious and cultural sense is twofold.
First, at the time that it is given, it serves as a warning or encouragement to those for whom it is given. They are to plan accordingly.
Secondly, and more relevant to us, a fulfilled prophesy confirms the power of the prophet (or the god whom the prophet represents) to see the future, or influence events in the future.

The implications? Fulfilled prophesy on its own means nothing. I predicted most of the scenes of the final episode of this last season of Lost, in order, with what my friends determined to be 87% accuracy (I cannot confirm this number). This does not make me a god, this simply confirms that I'm good at reading details and understanding stories.
The significance in prophesy is the success rate. Anyone can make a prediction, but in theory, only a god can make fully accurate predictions.
Even more convincing is the distance into the future that the prophetic events are made, and the detail into which they are made.

So, Stillness, the challenge is not finding fulfilled prophesy. The challenge is finding prophesy that was not fulfilled, and comparing that to that which has been; and then comparing the depth and difficulty a prophet or deity would have in having that prophesy pulled off.

For example, I finished IMing my final predictions for the Lost show during the first ten minutes of the show. Not all that hard for me to be 87% correct, especially after watching the pre-show recap: the director let a lot of information slip. But 87% is not 100%, which is what YHWH claims to have, and with several months, years, centuries in advance... you find a single prophesy of God's that is clearly unfilfilled or diregarded, and you can throw them all out, because that destroys God's claims of omniscience, and if you can't trust that, you can't trust anything.

Then, Stillness, you go and ask our Google-happy friends to outright prove that one single prophesy was not fulfilled correctly. And wait to see what happens.

(Hint: you get a lot more done when you aren't on the defensive.)

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The Silent Assassin predicts that a guy named Suul will walk into my office in about two years, do the Hokey Pokey, spill a cup of watermelon juice on the floor, and then walk out without cleaning it up.
I'll consider believing it once he finds a guy named Suul.

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-Lenar Labs
What's Your Destiny?

Ushmushmeifa: Lenar's power is almighty and ineffable.

All hail lord Noric, god of... well, something important, I'm sure.
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Harry Potter in General
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We'll take the Weasley Twins. Just because.

Random Idea: would it not have been quite funny if Rowling had gone ahead and created a fake last page or two and stuck them at the end of the book, just for those wonderful, wonderful people who pick up the book and read the end?

EDIT: Crap... I was hoping to save this little milestone for the Morality thread. Oh well.
Maybe it's a sign?

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The Silent Assassin wants to be Fred. No, George. No, wait: Fred. Nah, nm, George. But then again, Fred... no, no, George. On the other hand, there's Fred...

[ Wednesday, July 25, 2007 10:02: Message edited by: Lenar ]

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-Lenar Labs
What's Your Destiny?

Ushmushmeifa: Lenar's power is almighty and ineffable.

All hail lord Noric, god of... well, something important, I'm sure.
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Social Degradation and Religious Decay (Split from "Life on Europa") in General
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Kel, could you give a link to a few of those discussions?
I'd like to see Alec's rationale for extra-theos morality.

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The Silent Assassin jams with jams.
Who knew that sandwich spread could make a good drum set?

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-Lenar Labs
What's Your Destiny?

Ushmushmeifa: Lenar's power is almighty and ineffable.

All hail lord Noric, god of... well, something important, I'm sure.
Posts: 735 | Registered: Monday, January 16 2006 08:00
Social Degradation and Religious Decay (Split from "Life on Europa") in General
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Speaking as the college roommate/housemate of several different homeschooled guys, all from different backgrounds, I observed that there was really only one common trait (aside from being homeschooled) between them: at least one of their parents (in all case but one, the one that did the actual teaching) was quite paranoid as to how much danger "the world" would do to their precious children.
The results varied from case to case, but it was clear in all cases but one that if said parent knew how their son behaved when alone with the guys, the first thought would be where the shelter failed (incidentally, that one was the one where the non-paranoid parent was the teacher. Unlike the others, he turned out to be quite well-adjusted, even when in private, irate, and having a lousy evening in his favorite FPS.).
Conclusion: society will get to a child no matter how much sheltering any parent will try to implement. In fact, from my observations, it may increase the odds of the child to welcome "the world" with open arms once he inevitably begins to question his parents' values.

The point is not social interraction. I get plenty of social interaction and all that I do to interract with other people right now is post on forums and answer phones. And talk to my girlfriend through the wee hours of the morning.
The point is a diverse series of conflicting social interractions where the other value systems will range from sympathetic to one's own to downright antagonisic.
Congregations, families, and many neighborhoods tend to be one-minded and rather indoctrinating.

I'll be sending my kids to a public school. For everything. And I'll be right there watching, asking pointed questions, and all-round trying to make them think. Once you know why you do what you do, you become much better at it.

EDIT: I missed cutting out the first part of a rant I decided not to go on. Ick... it's becoming a trend.

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The Silent Assassin attended the School of Halibut.
He invited a good deal of the school to dinner once.

[ Monday, July 23, 2007 15:36: Message edited by: Lenar ]

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-Lenar Labs
What's Your Destiny?

Ushmushmeifa: Lenar's power is almighty and ineffable.

All hail lord Noric, god of... well, something important, I'm sure.
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Harry Potter in General
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I'm interested... I'm waiting to see if Rowling can actually pull off an ending that she, the public, and literary critics of the future will all find acceptable.

Out here in WV, I have to drive an hour to find a copy...
Alas, I just had to pay for a new heating core for my car, so I'm not going out to the movies for a while, let alone buying a high-demand hardback book.

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The Silent Assassin once bound up and gagged one of his targets with the contents of a half-hour length cassette tape.
It's the gagging that I wonder about, really...

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-Lenar Labs
What's Your Destiny?

Ushmushmeifa: Lenar's power is almighty and ineffable.

All hail lord Noric, god of... well, something important, I'm sure.
Posts: 735 | Registered: Monday, January 16 2006 08:00
Social Degradation and Religious Decay (Split from "Life on Europa") in General
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quote:
Originally written by Stillness:

Believability depends on the veracity of the source. I'm convinced that the Bible comes from someone very honest. If you are not convinced that the source exists or cares of course you'll have doubts.

If yo mamma told you that she clearly saw a large bipedal hairy primate through her bedroom window rummaging through her garbage for 30 minutes not more than four feet from her that could not possibly have been a man in a costume, might you think twice? Let's give her a PhD in zoology with a specialty in primate studies.

Congrats, Stillness. For all of the content of this post, you are now the second would-be evangelist to earn this sacred medal, and the fourth person overall:

IMAGE(http://photos-d.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sctm/v63/66/76/141300885/n141300885_30562775_4613.jpg)

I'm sure that Synergy, Kel, and Drew will/have explain(ed) why.

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-Lenar Labs
What's Your Destiny?

Ushmushmeifa: Lenar's power is almighty and ineffable.

All hail lord Noric, god of... well, something important, I'm sure.
Posts: 735 | Registered: Monday, January 16 2006 08:00
The 24 Hour Contest in Blades of Avernum
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Member # 6700
Profile Homepage #30
Well, I will not have time to neither submit nor judge for the next three weeks (everything that I know about grammar says that that sentance is correct, but dang, that looks awkward), so, alas, I cannot be involved.

But I would like to submit an observation:

GET YOUR BETA TESTERS RESERVED NOW!

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The Silent Assassin just did the hokey pokey and turned himself around.
I wonder what that was all about.

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-Lenar Labs
What's Your Destiny?

Ushmushmeifa: Lenar's power is almighty and ineffable.

All hail lord Noric, god of... well, something important, I'm sure.
Posts: 735 | Registered: Monday, January 16 2006 08:00
Europa, God, and you, or Where it all fits. in General
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I believe in absolute truth.

I know that there is one entity commonly referenced to as God, made up of three separate entities who refer to themselves as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. I believe that the English name God also specifically refers to the Father, as he is the Head of the Son and the Holy Spirit, and they willingly follow His will.
I know that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are perfect: embodying goodness, love, justice, and all other things from which mankind draws our virtues.
I know that God (the triune) is omnipotent and that They supercede time and our physical and spiritual universes, because They created and have full and active control over all, and are not limited by any of them. Because of this, God has omniscience of Their creation (as nothing we know but Them is not their creation) and are able to be omni-present within their creation.
I know that God has a divine will, as defined by the will of the Father, and that anything that is not the will of the Father is anathema to them, and is known in English as sin. Because of the just nature of God's being and the pure nature of Their perfection, the only possible result of any sin is that the sinner be punished, and that the only just punishment is eternal separation from God.
I know that God created servants, who we know as angels, and a personal place to live, which we know as heaven. I know that They gave Their creations free will, so that the service would be voluntary.
I know that the leader among the angels became convinced that his power rivaled that of the Father, and so he began a civil war among the angels, which continues to this day.
I know that God created this universe merely by speaking, and that They created it for Their pleasure, and that it was a perfect reflection of the Father's will when it was created.
I know that the leader of the rebel angels, known by man as Satan, the liar, entered into this universe and manipulated events so that God's perfect will would be violated. This was triggered by the telling of a a lie to a woman, that she could be like God.
I know that a man residing in this world, Adam, who was also the first man, in response to said events actively, intentionally, and knowingly violated God's will, thus corruping the whole of the creation in which he existed.
I believe that due to the diametric nature of sin in relation to God's will that all of our universe became instantaneously fully corrpted, resulting in mankind as a whole ignoring God, and the unnatural degredation of living tissue, resulting in death
(believe, as opposed to know, because the actual mechanics in the corruption of creation are not told to us, to my knowledge). I know that God also found it fit to punish mankind by placing a curse on us in order to make us bear the consequences of trying to be gods ourselves.
I believe that God did not take this maneuver by Satan lightly, and I know that They set out to prove Their power by redeeming the curruption of sin in our world. This plan involved first demonstrating to mankind that, unlike the lie that Satan gave us, we cannot be like God; and setting a standard that shows that we cannot redeem ourselves in God's sight. This led to the creation of the Mosaic Law.
The second part of this plan involved satisfying the nature of justice. The only just punishment for sin is death, therefore a system of substitutionary sacrifices was put in place as a stop-gap measure. The flaw with this method was that the instant someone sinned after giving a sacrifice, they were screwed again. The solution was found in that the infinite being of a member of the Triune could take the place and the punishment of those doomed for separation. Therefore, the Father sent the Son to earth to become fully human as well as fully God, and to willingly become the perfect infinite sacrifice, fulfilling the Mosaic Law, and fulfilling the justice of God.
I know that a man called Jesus, now known as the Christ, was the human incarnation of the Son, lived a perfect and sinless life, and was executed on the charge of claiming to be God. I believe that He not only physically died, but was also cut off from the rest of the Triune; waited util the third day for the purpose of both fulfilling a sign promised to an earlier prophet, and to prove his death to human authorities; and then through God's infinite power and infinite
being, rose from the dead, rejoining body and spirit, and returning him to the Triune.
This satisfaction of justice allows the Father to extend grace to those who will accept it; that anyone who accepts the sacrifice of the Son to be his on But man man, in his pride, ignores the Father and the Son, and continues to try to exist through his own power.
The third part of this plan is God's manipulation and revelation of and in this world to convince mankind that grace is the only option for reconciliation, and that the only alternative is eternal punishment.
Thus, the Son established the entity known as the Church, to be God's representative on earth; and the Holy Spirit instructed several of the Son's students in the writing of a New Testament for the age of grace.
The fourth and final stage of this plan will occur when the Father decides that it is time: not even the Son knows when. But the Father will call the church out of our universe, and give mankind to Satan, simply to prove man's depravity. After this point is made, the Triune will manifest themselves Earth with their full power, bringing their full army of angels to squelch Satan's rebellion in a massive show that leaves no doubts in the minds of men as to where the power to lead lies. They will then commence in judgement, giving grace to those who have asked for it, and punishing those too proud to do so. Earth will be remoulded and sin will be counterbalanced with justice and separation from God until all is perfect.
And then? I dunno.
I know that God has given their Word in the form of the compilation we know as the Bible. I know that the Bible is literal in all that it says (after all, the testament of a vision gives the vision, not necessarily what it represents); that God has a tendancy to form chronological events into metaphors (and has stated as such); that all prophesy made that has occurred has been recorded to be true by outside historians; and that it even does claim to be the Word of God.
I believe that the current canon of the Bible is the complete edition, containing everything that mankind needs to know about God at this point in the plan, and know that the Greek and Hebrew manuscripts from which we draw our translations are slightly over 99% accurate in comparison to each other and therefore the assumed originals.
This is truth, and it claims to be truth, and gives itself support.

And, unlike many, I do believe in absolute truth.

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The Silent Assassin once replaced a pillar in our basement with a stack of Bibles.
Although I do appreciate the symbolism, I did not appreciate the cannon that he was trying to make out of said pillar, and asked him to put it back.

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-Lenar Labs
What's Your Destiny?

Ushmushmeifa: Lenar's power is almighty and ineffable.

All hail lord Noric, god of... well, something important, I'm sure.
Posts: 735 | Registered: Monday, January 16 2006 08:00

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