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Andoran

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Very cool.

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Looks like some kind of pie to me. I guess I'm in the 84% not affected.

Andoran

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DungeonmasterCal wrote:
Another summer I worked in a video arcade. In 1983.

This job probably blew massive chunks, but it's a dream job in my imagination...ahhh, Flynn Lives!

Andoran

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Sagan had a cadence; he was almost hypnotic. Tyson's style is a kind of aural punctuated equilibrium (if you'll pardon the turn).

Andoran

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Csn't believe there's no thread here at Paizo.

Tyson is doing a great job. The most recent episode, all about light, is my favorite so far.

Anyone else watching?

Andoran

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Just finished the last episode.

Spoiler:
I've been waiting for the cannibals for four seasons. I can't wait until Rick and crew kill them all.

Awesome.

Andoran

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Wow. Just finished "The Grove"...this episode is an example of what makes this tv show one of the greatest programs ever made. The world of *The Walking Dead* is beyond harsh, and the characterizations that develop from the events of the show are about as realistic as it gets. This show is literature for your eyes

Andoran

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Sebastian wrote:

Thanks for reminding me the context of the events in the movie, Tacticslion. As to the memory loss issue...

Tacticslion wrote:

This is actually pretty clearly laid out.

The memory erasure was a side effect of removing the accidental magical curse placed on Anna by Elsa.

To be clear, Elsa didn't mean to curse Anna - it seems that it's an effect based on the release of raw magical energies, kind of like a wild magic effect - it slowly freezes the <insert vital part here> that it lands near (whether that vital part is the mind or the heart) and, upon completion, it kills the recipient by freezing all of them.

As to the nature of why removing the memories comes as a side effect of removing the ice magic... I dunno, it's a plot MacGuffin.

But it's pretty clearly spelled out that this is, in fact, the case.

I understand that the mechanics of the memory loss were explained, but it never seemed to matter to the movie. I was expecting that retrieving the lost memories would be an important plot point, or that the lack of those memories would create a conflict/drama in the course of the movie. But, it never seemed to matter, which begs the question of why bother inserting the concept into the movie to begin with. It's the Chekov's gun that's never fired.

Ahh...the things we notice, that hound us days after seeing a movie; much ado about nothing from a six year old child's point of view.

Andoran

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Beggars in Spain tackles this scenario. It's one of my favorite books. Nancy Kress is the author.

My very first response is to say, no, we work for the betterment of humanity, for self-improvement, rather than the reasons most of us work. Very STTNG, and Kress destroys the idea very aptly.

Andoran

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From BBC1: "Kathryn Skaggs, a Mormon blogger, identifies what she sees as the film's attempt to normalise homosexuality. She writes: 'When mainstream society comes to the point where it celebrates that which is contrary to the commandments, taught in a movie presumably made for children, by awarding it the highest accolades within its culture, and good parents don't perceive it, but rather endorse it unwittingly, we are in serious trouble.'"

My rewrite of Ms. Skaggs' comments:

When most people come to the point where they celebrate that which I dislike and that which is, in my personal opinion, contrary to the Holy Bible and Book of Mormon, taught in a movie presumably made for children, by awarding it the highest accolades within its culture, and good parents don't see how the film conflicts with my interpretation of the Holy Bible and Book of Mormon, but rather endorse it, not knowing or not caring that I disagree, I am unhappy.

Andoran

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I'm a little surprised at the turn this thread made. Nonetheless, I haven't read any posts that were trollish.

We say things like 'because of magic' when playing an RPG, well, because it's fantasy. I think it's safe to say that the great majority of the Paizonians here are stable, well-adjusted people; none of us are likely to believe we're Pardu.

Taking the Noah myth as fact--fact as presented-- is simply indefensible, unless, that is, you willfully choose to disregard actual facts like some of those presented by commenters in several of the above posts.

That said, I have every intention and desire to see this movie because I appreciate several of the actors and the trailer looks absolutely phenomenal.

Andoran

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Noah with an all-star cast.

I'm an atheist, so the story is fantasy/mythology to me.

Nonetheless, this trailer is awesome.

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wicked cool wrote:
Wow. No offense but for me that takes away a lot of fun. Would be the same if it were a board game. Total dealbreaker even it was a great campaign.

No-one's ever complained...but it might be like saying no-one in North Korea has ever complained about the Starbucks salted caramel latte they've never had.

Andoran

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wicked cool wrote:

anyone played a D&D game where the DM roled all the dice?

My players have used similiar tactics against goblins before

I've always rolled all the dice; for 25 years and more.

Andoran

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Pretty awesome episode! I like how Abed is using an old 2E manual!

Andoran

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By now I've talked to several people and none of them had previously, sincerely, associated the word 'bossy' with women.

I think, in the 21st century, it's way too easy to crowdsource an idea from fiction into reality, and to do so overnight.

It's all about the memes!

Andoran

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The Latin for cow is 'bos', which is why we call cows bossy. I bring this up because, when asked the same question I asked above, my neighbor's wife said that it's offensive because when girls are called bossy it's the same as calling them cows. Has anyone heard this before?

Andoran

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English, it's so...interesting. Apparently, this is the newest bad word, which children should be encouraged to omit from their vocabulary.

Not to brag, (exactly, this is to brag) but I have a PhD in English. I've taught both high school and university English (albeit as a 'lecturer' with regard to the latter), and I've lived all over the world; spent most of my life abroad, in fact. The point is, this is another one of those English words that I absolutely never understood to be either 'bad' or specifically targeted toward women. Sure, it's generally used to describe either a person who thinks they're the boss but clearly isn't, or to describe an overbearing boss, but I never understood it to be a pejorative descriptor of women.

Am I the only one? Did all of you perceive the word as, apparently, everyone in the world (now, as of four or five days ago, that is) does?

Andoran

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My homepage is simply the google search homepage: 99% of the time, when I connect to the internet, it's to research a topic.

Andoran

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Not in a traditional sense...I never learned until I joined the Army. Now I can tread water endlessly and I can out swim most real swimmers...but only on my side with one arm sticking up out of the water.

Andoran

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Definite improvement to the site; well done!

Andoran

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How about a a real petition, YD? Let's abolish Carried Interest from the US Tax Code. Or how about a petition to bring Federal Conspiracy charges against Governors Kasich, Scott, Snyder, and Walker?

Oh, well. I guess a a million turbines is just as good...and just as likely.

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I thought the end was the best part; a wonderful message for kids and adults alike.

Andoran

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Bill Dunn wrote:
I took my 9-year old son (and Lego fanatic) fully expecting the movie to be a bit too silly. I had a really enjoyable time. We also met up with another adult friend who was too embarrassed to go without a kid in tow (or too concerned about looking like that creepy kind of guy}.

Why on earth is it creepy for an adult to go see this movie? Is it being shown in a tiny children's theatre?

I was recently in Florida on business and saw Frozen again, by myself...now I wonder if people actively noticed me because I was not there with a kid...

Oh, well. Ultimately, I don't care.

Andoran

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I enjoy watching several events, but I can't stand listening to the commentators. I actually watch events muted most of the time.

Andoran

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Naturally, a well-written story is a piece of art all its own.

Andoran

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Aaron Bitman wrote:
... Maybe I've developed a taste for other kinds of entertainment that spoiled me for books. Maybe I've read so many books that the cliches are starting to grow old. Maybe I've just gotten fussier, so that the flaws in writing stand out more for me...

Me, too. I still buy the occasional fantasy novel, and I subscribe to the Pathfinder Tales line, but I almost never get more than a chapter in before I feel like I know exactly what's going to happen next.

Andoran

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The Kindle Paperwhite has actually helped me read more. Like many of you, I often find that bedtime is the first chance of the day to read for pleasure. My Kindle allows me to read in bed with the lights off; on its lowest setting the backlight bleed is very negligible, so my wife can sleep without fighting the table lamp.

It's also very, very light--less pain when I inevitably doze off and knock myself on the nose or forehead.

Andoran

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I come in willing to discuss difficult issues, acknowledge contrary opinions, and engage in lively debate.

I'm glad that there are people who disagree with me--talking to myself is pretty boring.

Andoran

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Lord Snow wrote:
Didn't expect NorseWolf to troll. And if this isn't trolling, then I'm not sure what's going on.

Maybe you're joking. Otherwise, you have an odd concept of trolling.

Andoran

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Do you guys have any idea how much a Tesla costs?

The base model, with absolutely no frills or features, is $71,000 USD.

Unless you're very well off, they are prohibitively expensive.

Tesla site.

*Don't be fooled by Tesla's 'effective monthly cost'--the actual monthly car payment is substantially more than the 'effective cost'.

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Kirth Gersen wrote:

Religions, regardless of their veracity, are belief systems perpetuated by believers. Without a belief system, you have no religion. With a belief system, you have claims being made based on those beliefs -- again, regardless of their veracity.

Wrong John Silver wrote:
And this is where I have trouble seeing atheism as not a belief system. A very small one, mind you, consisting of "gods don't exist" and ending there, but a belief system just the same...

I might--a bit simply, mind you--argue that atheism is a "proofs" system rather than a "beliefs" system.

I'd argue that atheists (generally) require 'proof' of a thing in order to accept it.

If you tell me that a red 2014 four-door Honda Civic is parked in the driveway outside my house, and I then go outside and stand in my empty driveway, I can safely conclude that you are incorrect. I don't 'believe' that you are incorrect, I accept the concrete, repeatable, measurable, observable fact that a car as you described it is not in my driveway.

Naturally, you can go all Sagan's-Neighbor on me and proceed to fabricate a tale describing a red 2014 four-door Honda Civic that I simply can't measure or observe, but when you tell me that you 'believe' it's there, I can still tell you that it is not by virtue of all manner by which such a thing can be demonstrated, and not because I don't 'believe' that's it's there.

Andoran

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I'm pretty busy right now anyway, but I'm trying to decide whether or not to just wait and watch the remainder of e season on iTunes this spring.

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Laughing my ass off at being called a bigot by a bunch of interwebz conservatives who didn't see the irony in demanding a bit of 'e pluribus unum' with regard to the Coke commercial of recent, or that they were so specifically hateful of the gay couple featured in the ad, the song of which was written by a gay woman. This is why the world thinks America's full of idiots.

Andoran

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Krensky wrote:

Really? I found the very first one an offensive stereotype and the others aren't any better.

You know, I laughed when I read them, then immediately felt chagrined--black humor will do that though. I suppose, though, when you go to a comedy club you have to be ready to know you're going to laugh at things that will start fights under normal circumstances.

I first read this last night, and don't remember seeing the American listed, but at the time I fully expected that the American write-up would poke fun at cowboys, illiterates, fundamentalists, warmongers, and patriots so zealous they are character-stock for the resident of Room 101. I am pleasantly not too surprised (and chuckling as I read the actual American write-up) to see I was on the mark with my guesses.

It's all in fun. I can laugh at myself ('cause I'm a pretty funny guy, of course).

Andoran

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4, 5, 9.

I play the alignment, whatever it is.

I'm inclined to play LN or CG characters.

I tend to pick options similar to C; with an add-on of neutralize (incapacitating a non-ally).

Andoran

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Wrong John Silver wrote:

The value of meditation in improving personal outlook and mental harmony, for example?

The act of confession in order to improve one's attitude toward past events that make someone feel guilty?

The benefit of increased ritual between group members to bond the group members together?

Sounds like these could easily be accomplished through secular therapy and counseling, including group sessions.

Or just having close friends, and making a little 'me-time' every now and again.

Andoran

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This is good; maybe this thread will evolve into "A Civil Religious Discussion II", the predecessor of which seems to have finally wound down after years of postings.

Andoran

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I'm happy to help.

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BigNorseWolf wrote:

I think I'd go with druid. I already hug the trees anyway, may as well get some cool shapeshifting powers out of it.

If powers actually manifested, I'd be right there with you.

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Where's Kirth? We need his input to really get this thread going. Samnel, too.

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If I were to convert to a religion (I'm atheist, by the way), I'd choose Buddhism; I'd be the kind of Buddhist I've routinely met over my lifetime, philosophical about the whole thing.

I thought it might be helpful to list some concerns, with regard to religion. These are things that would keep me away:

-Believers are so fanatical they are willing to murder a person for disagreeing or not believing.

::By this I mean that a faith's followers are so indoctrinated that they are certain all others not of their faith are literally not worthy of living; that they are literally to be murdered, or at least that murdering them is in accordance with the belief system, and so even if not required such an action is perfectly laudable.

-Religious beliefs are key in developing laws, which are strictly subjectively moral in nature rather than communally necessary for the maintenance of good order.

::For example, I would steer away from a religion that disallowed scientific research into the nature of the universe. That's broad, I know, so let's be very precise--I'd steer away from a religion that ascribed such worth to human remains as to make illegal scientific and medical research of stem cells.

A couple of concerns I have with regard to the complex of religion:

-Followers actual espoused beliefs are not in-line with the religion's specific doctrine.

::For example, the average Christian on the street in the USA, when asked to describe Heaven, unfolds a picture of absolute earthly beauty and magnificence. They will describe streets of gold, mansions for everyone, eternal sunshine, perfect weather, all the food and drink anyone could ever want, and, of course, reunion with loved ones. In fact, the Bible very specifically disabuses this when Christ describes Heaven--it is simply existing in the presence of God; there are no manifestations or phantasms of the material world, and you will not, per se, meet your loved ones; you will not recognize your loved ones and they will not recognize you. Furthermore, the Bible tells the reader that only a handful of humans have immediately ascended to Heaven upon death, most of them the Patrons and prophets; so little Susan, who tragically died at the age of 9, according to Scripture, is not in heaven with the angels. Rather, she's buried in the ground and awaiting the return of Christ, whereupon she will be risen from the dead to fight the 'Final Battle of Heaven', etc. etc.

-Religion provides strictures for the conduct of ones life, wherein such rules are not logical for the reasonable conduct of ones life.

::For example, men may not shave, or women must cover their heads, or you can't eat bacon on Thursday, or wear cotton and wool at the same time.

Andoran

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I should mention--in this game everyone else in the world gets to enjoy the deluge of programming, so you don't have to pick shows based on the good of others. Pick the show you personally like so much you'd be willing to be restricted to only that show for the duration of the year.

Andoran

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Just finished the mid-season finale. In a word, phenomenal.

I cannot wait until the 8th.

Andoran

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Having a little trouble with my I Believe button-- where in Georgia did a supposed tank crewman find a Sherman? Not at Benning, like he said. And there are absolutely zero operational Shermans anywhere in the Army inventory. You'll see them at almost every military museum, but they're demiled (not just undrivable, but 100% unusable as a war machine.)

Why didn't the crewman take the M1A2 he was trained on and (as I allude to above) the only tank he could possibly have had any access to?

You know, this is not to mention that the rounds a modern MBT uses are completely incompatible with a Sherman MG--outside of extreme luck in this weird Walking Dead world, how did he actually find rounds for his tank?

Hollywood has access to prop M1s, which the USG helped produce specifically for movies--why did they go with this anachronism?

Still loads of fun!

Andoran

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It amazes me that these people have simply stayed in the general vicinity of wherever they were when it all ended. It also vexes me that they experience significant complexity in their lives, survive, and are later 'surprised' when they run into the same people that made those complex moments so damned complex.

I absolutely love this show.

Andoran

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Episode 4.7... Seems like an opportunity to either turn a new leaf or f#+& things up yet again...what will 'Brian' do...

...and 20 minutes in he chooses the Sith.

Andoran

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The Governor. I don't really know what to make of this character. Everything he does has some explanatory justification, given the circumstances, except for the slaughter of the National Guardsmen. In fact, that scene is completely contrary to everything else that developes his character--that scene marks him as a psychotic tyrant, while all the remaining developmental moments correspond to a character of extreme complexity who experiences and commits immorality and inhumanity only as a means to an end for survivial and, understandably, in defense of his charges, and only as a result of life in a fantastic and wildly hellish environment.

What am I missing? What explains the NG scene? Am I completely off the mark?

Andoran

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Auxmaulous wrote:

Cell blocks might be more defensible and the overall structure might be more intact/sturdy. You have chambered and controllable sectors vs. an open admin building.

In addition: Admin buildings would tend to have large window spaces on them, even if blacked out they would still be a liability. In a cell block, if you have allies you could always lock yourself as a fallback point - and hope your allies can eventually clear the area and get you out. Also less visibility or being able to be heard from the outside means less chance of attracting walkers.

Admin building would be like every other building - too many doorways and windows to watch and probably closer to the outsider perimeter (less defenses) whereas the cell blocks are functionally much closer to a bunker with safe rooms.

I think this was initially true (and true generally), but I'm thinking of episode 4.5--at this point they've essentially secured the facility and have quarantined the children in the admin building. My thought is that I'd set up my personal camp there at about this same point. Now if I had my family with me, I'd likely choose a more interior space, just as you said, for defensibility.

Andoran

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My pick: The Walking Dead.

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