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The Hobbit in General
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Originally written by Evnissyen:

I'm opinionated, and I love film, and I'm an artist who knows art... visual, audial, and written. So... I can be very, very critical. I can also be very forgiving when I see interesting things, when I see honesty and daring. I think I've mentioned a whole bunch of filmmakers, already, who fit that category. I don't expect everyone to be Tarkovsky & Bergman; that would be ridiculous. I just want people to be honest, and trust the audience instead of treating us like idiots and, in the process, degrading their work.
But audiences are idiots, and so are artists. I'm extremely pessimistic about the capabilities of human reason, which is why I think that emotional manipulation is about the highest goal that an artist can aspire to. If you can distract a few million people from their problems for two hours, well, that's more than most people achieve in their jobs.

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Social Networking: Spiderwebbers on last.fm in General
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Originally written by Arancaytar:

Fans occasionally credit him, in spirit, with Homeland, but Homeland is not as good by far, it is for PC, and Richard White had nothing to do with its conception. Richard White did write several books about the Department of Homeland Security, but that's probably a different Dick.
I always assumed he wrote them with his hands, actually.

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A Perfect Forest, HELP! in Blades of Avernum
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All of Stareye's scenarios have hard puzzles. Most have hard puzzles that don't suck.

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Cooking in Geneforge 4: Rebellion
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Most people gamble with money rather than meat.

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Macintosh Architecture Poll in General
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Originally written by Thralni:

Out of curiosity, why are you using the eMac for Mac stuff? Why not the Macbook?
I've got files on it that I haven't bothered to transfer over yet, and there are one or two programs I use that don't run properly on Intel Macs. Also, sometimes it's nice to have a numeric keypad.

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What will scare the heck out of McCain in General
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Originally written by Clavicle:

Tull:
Wait, what're your definitions of liberal and conservative?
(Oh, and: same question for Thuryl.)
(I'm curious.)

I try not to use those terms precisely because there are so many different definitions of them, and it gets confusing. Here in Australia, the "Liberal Party" is the conservative party.

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What will scare the heck out of McCain in General
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Originally written by Clavicle:

A Moderate is somebody who absorbs and accepts the rational arguments of both the left and the right of what used to be the political spectrum, and ignores the irrational.
That doesn't sound like a moderate to me; that sounds like an extreme rationalist.

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Starting stats for a singleton in Blades of Exile
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It's best to start with as many spell levels as you can, since you get free spell points that way. After that, you'll need 4 intelligence so that your spells don't suck, and plenty of Strength so that you start gaining some health as you level up (don't invest any skill points in health directly: you can't afford it). Consider getting at least one point of Luck as soon as possible. Dexterity isn't important: you get more bang for your buck out of weapon skills, as long as you can decide what weapon type to use.

It's not absolutely necessary to start with 4 intelligence, by the way: you can fight entirely with field spells like Flame Cloud for a level or two if you have to, since those don't depend on intelligence.

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Macintosh Architecture Poll in General
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I'm using a MacBook and mostly running Windows XP on it: things just sort of turned out that way. It's got 10.5 installed on it too, of course, but when I need a Mac, I normally use my old eMac, which runs 10.3.9.

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What will scare the heck out of McCain in General
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Originally written by Emperor Tullegolar:

McCain is about as moderate as Republicans come. Obama is fairly extreme, but, well, the people seem to prefer him to his more moderate opponent.
Extreme by the standards of his political party, you mean, which is more or less exactly the problem.

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What will scare the heck out of McCain in General
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I probably shouldn't post when it's 4 o'clock in the morning and I'm in a bad mood.

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What will scare the heck out of McCain in General
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Originally written by madrigan:

We were discussing the definition of "politics," not the definition of "democracy." In a democracy, the individuals in the government are elected to serve the people. At Microsoft, employees are hired to serve Bill Gates. It is the exact opposite of a democracy. Do you not see that difference? Seriously. Bill Gates can fire any employee he wants. George Bush cannot "fire" a citizen. It is completely different.
Bill Gates doesn't have absolute control over his company. If Bill Gates doesn't like an employee, he can fire him, but Bill then has to face the consequences of that action: other employees will have to be made to work harder to make up for the loss of the fired employee's productivity, they'll feel less secure in their jobs, and so on. Likewise, citizens don't have absolute control over George Bush. If George Bush doesn't like a citizen, he can grab a gun and shoot him (or, more likely, order someone else to), and he then has to face the consequences of that action. The difference in consequences is one of degree, not of kind.

If you want my opinion, it's that democracy is all a bunch of idealistic claptrap on the part of its supporters and cynical manipulation on the part of its leaders. If George Washington had declared himself King of America, I don't think a damn thing would be different in the average American's life today -- or at least, the differences we'd observe wouldn't follow any predictable pattern.

[ Wednesday, May 07, 2008 09:10: Message edited by: Thuryl ]

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What will scare the heck out of McCain in General
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Originally written by madrigan:

I'd say that the American political system is very different from the "politics" of a family or a corporation purely because the scale is far, far greater, and because the United States is a democracy. Families and corporations are not democracies. I see how all of these could fall under a very broad definition, but very broad definitions tend not to define, and are therefore not very useful.
Okay, since you're such a stickler for narrow definitions, give us a simple, non-arbitrary definition of "democracy" that includes the United States but excludes the Microsoft Corporation. I'm honestly not convinced that one exists.

(And don't bother talking about voting; in the scheme of things, voting is only a minor, peripheral element of the political process. The results you get by holding elections aren't all that different than the results you'd get in a dictatorship with the same power relations between individuals and groups -- unless of course those power relations are such that the development of a voting system becomes inevitable, in which case voting would be an effect of the political state of affairs, not a cause. Overlaying a voting system onto a given political milieu will not in itself make it any more or less democratic than it was before.)

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Macintosh Architecture Poll in General
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Shouldn't the first question have used checkboxes instead of buttons?

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What will scare the heck out of McCain in General
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Originally written by Emperor Tullegolar:

And how hard did you have to look to find a definition of the word politics without the word 'government' in it? Or would you consider a group of friends a kind of government as well, Mr. Broad-Definitions?
What, are you now saying that office politics only counts as politics if you work for the government?

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What will scare the heck out of McCain in General
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Originally written by Emperor Tullegolar:

I wouldn't say that's true. Plenty of people go through life without ever voting or even having a political opinion. The United States suffers chronically from people like this.
You've really never tried to convince your friends to do something you want them to do, like go out to see a movie together? That's politics; the only difference between that and what the president does is the scale.

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What will scare the heck out of McCain in General
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Originally written by The Mystic:

Good point. I've never met a politician I didn't dislike.
Not even yourself? We all exert political influence; some just do it in a larger sphere.

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The Hobbit in General
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It really is starting to sound like Clavicle is struggling against some of the fundamental properties of film as a medium. I tend to agree with Roger Ebert about what films can and should do: they're supposed to be emotionally manipulative, because playing with the audience's emotions is what the medium is best at. Films can be used to convey intellectual content and allow the audience to think for themselves, of course, but they're generally ill-suited to it, and if that's what you want your artwork to be you should consider making it in a different medium.

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New Beta Online Store + Discount On Newer Games in General
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Originally written by The Masked Man of Mystery:

But then what happened to Richard White? Did he die again?
I've heard RW stopped answering mail from Jeff years ago, and stopped cashing his cheques a while after that. Nobody's quite sure why.

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Gender and RPGs in General
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Originally written by Randomizer:

It trys to realistically portray that expensive lab equipment is used for food preparation because physicists aren't allow microwave ovens :) .
In biology labs, it's the other way around -- we use a household microwave oven to heat liquids.

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Gender and RPGs in General
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Okay, see, here's the problem with saying "it's realistic, so there's nothing wrong with putting it in the game!": game mechanics are always a poor approximation of realism at best, so you can use the realism argument to defend any kind of offensive crap with even the remotest connection to reality, up to and including FATAL.

For the most part, quibbling over realism is a distraction, because any part of reality can be abstracted away if the designer chooses (this is, for example, why most good RPGs do not have game mechanics for urination). The important question is not whether a rule is "realistic", but whether it makes the game better. It seems to me that giving one sex a game-mechanical advantage over the other doesn't pass that test.

Clearly, some players did find the rule offensive. Whether you think their reaction was reasonable or not, why offend a significant portion of potential players for a rule that does nothing to improve gameplay?

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The Hobbit in General
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Originally written by Clavicle:

There're two filmmakers that come to mind who really know how to use soundtracks.

The first is David Lynch: This man, for all his faults (and I love Lynch) is an absolute master of sound.

The second is Ingmar Bergman. Ingmar Bergman suggested the superiority of incidental sound over imposed sound. Bergman was interested in telling stories and exploring human character, not shallowly manipulating an audience.

What, no Kubrick? For that matter, no Tarantino?

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Gender and RPGs in General
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Originally written by Arancaytar:

I do play female characters in ADOM quite often. I rather avoid that in MMORPGs though, because of the negative stigma.

The stigma against online women who are actually men, that is, not against female characters.

The funny thing is, some women play as male characters specifically to avoid being accused of being men.

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Canister use in Geneforge 4: Rebellion
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Nope. You can get an approximate idea by talking to some people, like the canister-maker in Illya Safehouse.

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SPAM in General
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Originally written by Nikki.:

How is that smart? I mean, yeah, the new lass is pretty, but she can't sing, and it makes him look a total jerk in front of everybody. Unless the French actively encourage trading spouses in for younger models...
She's a younger model. It's a pun, see.

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