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Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Tales Subscriber. Pathfinder Society Member. 4,109 posts (4,640 including aliases). 3 reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 58 aliases.


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Andoran

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I've seen the movie three times now, and I love it. Some parts don't stand up to the 'oh, really' test, but it's a sci-fantasy movie with sentient alien robots that split their lives between humanoid bipedal forms and mechanical conveyances like semi trucks and Chevrolets--what do you expect?

If anyone has the chance to see it in 4DX, you should definitely go for it: water and smoke effects, the chairs move with camera overflights, rattles and shakes of fighting--when Ratchet gets stabbed, the seat back punches you in the kidney. It's worth the $18 ticket price.

Awesome transformation effects, great fight scenes, very cool cinematography, great sound, Optimus riding a T-Rex: the best of the series.

Andoran

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MMCJawa wrote:
It's going to be really hard to top Tim Curry as Pennywise.

It is getting a remake as well: here's the link, which mentions the hand-off to NLC and the plan to split the book into two films.

Andoran

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Lords of Mars by Graham McNeill. It's the second book of a planned trilogy. Excellent work, especially if you're a fan of the Mechanicus.

Andoran

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GreyWolfLord wrote:


I find it hard to believe any game would train you to shoot at people.

I think someone who's had basic gun training in basic training probably is better at that than someone who's only played a game. AT least the person in basic has an idea of how to actually hold, carry, load their own weapon, and shoot properly.

I find it very hard to believe any game could teach those basics, much less more advanced gun training....

The US Army requires everyone to go through an EST (Engagement Skills Trainer) before actually firing on a range.

The EST is essentially PS Move or Xbox Kinect with a real firearm.

The Army has found a 100% increase in qualifications when exercising with the EST before range firing.

Andoran

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...by which I mean--it's time for your kids to continue movement toward the Singularity with their own computer.

At what age do you (Paizonians with children) plan to allow a computer in your child's room?

Andoran

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So, it seems The Stand has a director, Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars), and it's gone from three movies to three hours and the promise of an all-star A-list cast. Then again...Spielberg has been making The Talisman for 12 years now, so who knows what will actually happen in the next couple years.

At any rate, I usually re-read the novel every three years or so (it's one of my absolute all-time favorites), but I only recently re-watched the 1994 miniseries. It's probably been 15 or more years since I last watched it, and I was surprised, after viewing it on Netflix this weekend, how many scenes I was absolutely sure were in the movie that weren't--so much so that I spent no small amount of time looking around on the web to be sure I wasn't watching some truncated and poorly-edited version.

Something else I noticed was that the movie was actually quite a lot of fun, and very accessible--if you've read the novel. If you haven't, then despite its six-hour length, it feels like hours of scenes are simply missing: watching the movie with my brother-in-law this weekend, who's never read the novel and hadn't before seen the film, found him constantly peppering me with questions about why this was happening, and when that had happened, and what caused this character to do that and that character to do this...it was difficult, in a word.

So, I wonder how such a long and complex cross-country novel, with so many characters and subplots, could possibly be digested, effectively, into a single theatrical release.

What do you think?

Andoran

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Fallout 3. I've been playing it since 2009.

Andoran

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:-(

Andoran

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A year ago I wrote this:

Maybe we need a 'Hot Button Nuclear Death Plague' section of the message boards.

Enter at your own risk, no holds barred, etc.

Personally, though, I appreciate how civil the Paizo boards are compared to the rest of everything. I also like the way the Mods delete our occasional jerkier moments, which saves us the embarrassment of explaining exactly what we meant after we've cooled off and can't remember at all exactly what we meant.

Maybe it really is a matter of transitional perspective.

Andoran

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I think I lurked for around a year, then made my first post December 2005 (about one of the Dungeon adventures).

I once posted a dozen and more times a day, but over the last couple years, not so much--sometimes a dozen times over several months :-(

I [qualia] feel/believe [/qualia] we used to have such discussions here. Maybe we still do; maybe I'm just getting (am already) too old.

Andoran

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Wow, seven pages when I expected something like seven responses.

Andoran

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Just started Lords of Mars It's been close to a year since I read Priests of Mars, but it surprisingly has stuck with me. I really enjoying it so far. The next book is scheduled for sometime this summer.

Andoran

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Andrew Turner wrote:


Are we really such intellectual cowards that the engines of discourse perforce must drive debate that is only flawlessly, precisely, undoubtedly inoffensive to anyone in any way?

What's happened to us?

LazarX wrote:
You can always go to 4chan for the kind of threads you're looking for.
Matt Thomason wrote:

Quite. Lets remember this is Paizo's message board, and not a public service. Whatever goes on here has to be justified to management, and "giving gamers somewhere to verbally rip each other's insides out in the name of debating fascinating topics" doesn't sound like a good business case to me.

Think more sitting around in comfy chairs, chatting to each other over a coffee, and less heated debate with people standing at podiums hurling insults at one another.

[eyeroll] 4Chan is completely and categorically the opposite of what I'm talking about; take a look at my posting history and you'll see what I mean.[/eyeroll]

Yes, the boards are Paizo-land, which is why I love them--I've been posting here since 2005. My OP was not aimed at Paizo or the Mods (who have atrociously difficult jobs; and I'm pretty sure Moderating is an additional duty that gets in the way of real work).

The OP was aimed at all of us--some of us are intimidated by rigorous discourse, some of us are debate pros, and some of us are total imbecilic trolls; and we've gotten so bad at the two extremes--ultra-sensitive/ultra-trollish--that we've backed the Mods (and our beloved Paizo) into a corner labeled 'this thread is so contentious and such troll bait, we need to lock it before it starts'. We're our own worst enemy.

As to the Best Boards on the Internet (aka, Paizo Boards), and how they contribute to business at Paizo--I'm an example of a Boards-User who enjoyed the experience so much he morphed into a Regular Customer (I've spent thousands of dollars here over the years).

Andoran

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Hej! We made it five pages!

Andoran

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I don't rinse, per se, but I do clean them off into the garbage disposal.

Andoran

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This was a great subplot in an older episode of Dexter.

Andoran

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Three favourites in a row!

Andoran

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Signed edition signed edition signed edition

Andoran

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Where's the $50 or $60 signed edition...?

I'd bet there're a slew of us who'd happily pay quite a bit for signed editions (I would pay quite a bit for a signed edition).

Andoran

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At this point, scanning the posts, I tend to think that if it gets locked it will be the result of a deliberate attempt to have done.

Personally, as long as we don't start throwing profanities and perjoratives at each other, there's absolutely nothing any of us could say to get it locked, but I'm not in charge.

Andoran

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If you don't want to participate in debate or dialogue:

-don't make contentious posts;
-don't be surprised when you drop a bomb, back off, see it explode; and don't be disingenuous about the whole process, e.g.:

'I didn't want to start an argument or participate in a debate, I just wanted to make a patently contentious statement and leave it at that. Can't we simply tell each other what we think and forgo all the opposing opinions? Don't we all prefer intellectual echo chambers over intellectual broadening and development?

Andoran

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Fergie wrote:

Next time I bring up climate change-

Instant thread lock!

But really, it was just a throw away example, not worth derailing the thread over.

Gems are gems--some of the best discussions here are the de-railings!

Andoran

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Auxmaulous wrote:
Irontruth wrote:
The science of chemistry and physics coul......
Sigh
thejeff wrote:
Just out of idle curiosity, is there any topic where where you'd consider a "no debate" mentality appropriate? If we had a Flat Earther in here, for example?

If a FE adherent began discussing FET, wouldn't that be an implicit invitation for debate?

For that matter, isn't anything written in these Boards a kind of participatory dialogue? Otherwise, why post anything at all.

Andoran

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Irontruth wrote:

I also miss some of the breadth and depth of conversations from several years ago. I understand some people get upset with the ideas presented/challenged.

I'm guessing some of those threads take up too much time of the forum monitors, so they've decided to just shut them down before they start, which is too bad. I like having these discussions, even when no agreement is reached and both sides will never agree, I still learn things. Either things people say, or things I have to look up to formulate my posts.

Edit: To add, I started the gun thread. I do so with purpose in mind, but I also tried to push mostly towards facts with that first post, not just entirely towards my goal, but towards a broader goal that is generally fairly agreeable (at least I hoped).

Obviously, other people would rather not discuss that topic here and flagged the thread enough it got locked.

Thanks, Irontruth--an excellent encapsulation of my feelings.

Andoran

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The 8th Dwarf wrote:

They were both.... I remember several posters being hit with the ban hammer for being racist jerks. I also remember some excellent discourse.

There are some topics where it is too soon to start the conversation others that are going to become a cesspit, sometimes the boards surprise you.

The gems are worth it; I'll take the Areopagitica over the dark and silent void any day.

Andoran

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I sincerely lament for the 'good old days' of just five years ago when the most lively, energetic, and often no-holds-barred non-gaming-related discussions were held right here at Paizo.

The OTD section of the Boards was the go-to place for philosophical, well-thought and well-written, intellectually- and socially-engaged, well, off-topic discussions--things that didn't necessarily define the gamer stereotype, things about which--and not surprising to actual gamers--we were intensely passionate!

These days, before any fur flies or digital faces are smacked, the Heavy Hand of Thread-Lock descends because the thread might become 'hostile'!?

Are we really such intellectual cowards that the engines of discourse perforce must drive debate that is only flawlessly, precisely, undoubtedly inoffensive to anyone in any way?

What's happened to us?

Andoran

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Squealer wrote:
"Yew gotta purty mouth. boy. Squeal lahk a pig."?
NobodysHome wrote:

Oh, Good Lord, no. Just... no!!

Amusingly enough, my mother-in-law gave my wife this precise advice (verbatim) when we married. I hope that it was tongue-in-cheek. But she's an Anglophile, so it's no surprise...

I can think of similar phrases, but none with such a spectacular connotation. I'd just use it. Everyone with a decent imagination will know what it means.

I think 'Merikans are terrified of the subject in general, and hence have no such associated phrases.

The scariest thing is, I've been thinking about it for 5 minutes now and I'm beginning to think Squealer has the right of it...

It speaks volumes (about me) that I thought it meant to have grace under fire...until I read your post. I'm not sure whether I should be embarrassed by this...

Andoran

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The NPC wrote:
Just so long as they don't let JJ Abrams in on the project.

Because it would be both entertaining to the audience and lucrative for the studio?

Andoran

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Arnwolf wrote:
There are no loop holes, only the law as written. There is no fine print only the law as written. I kind of get tired of people saying a business or person is taking advantage of a loop hole like they are dishonest. Now there are unintended consequences of laws, that does happen. And sometimes the unintended law was not unintended.
meatrace wrote:
...what you're describing is what the rest of us refer to as a loophole.

...and the rest of us tend to say 'loophole' with disdain and disgust, until we need one ourselves, until we find one that works for us, then it's different.

Andoran

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Sissyl wrote:


Exactly. Then people can't sue. And in the rest of the world, we would consider that a GOOD thing. The effects of a lot less people suing others would be dramatic and largely positive. Still, Americans usually have a blind spot right there. They usually can't even think the thought that this might be a good thing. I guess it's the everpresent dream of being able to sue McDonalds for eight million dollars for having too hot coffee.

If this was instituted, lawyers could still work pro bono, right?

I was once of a similar opinion, then I came across this documentary.

Hot Coffee

Andoran

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Now that I think about it, I've managed to live my entire adult life under the wing of the very socialism most Americans detest, thanks to a decision 23 years ago to enter military and government service: food, housing, medical care, education have simply always been there; I've honestly never had to worry about those things.

Both my sister and I received degrees in the humanities. My half-sister, who lives in Sweden, paid absolutely nothing for university and just received her PhD last year, though she's a scientist.

I'm of the notion that education can be had in the US, and that most graduates aren't likely walking away with actual bills that exceed the average US mortgaged home--maybe their education fully cost $100,000 or more, but after grants and scholarships, etc, does it really, truly, receipt so highly to them, personally? But I'm saying that with no real data to go off of; and trying to remember that my personal lens is over two decades old, and quite muzzy.

Jobs after college? How much of the dearth is really a problem of location? Is it possible that there are jobs but graduates aren't willing to move, or aren't willing to live, for a potentially long time, in a personally undesirable city or region?

Andoran

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I hope you will seek out professional advice.

Nonetheless, you might try to channel your stronger emotions through art or writing. If you're more of a physical rather than cerebral type, running or hiking might suit you.

Andoran

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thejeff wrote:

It's not entirely clear when your sister went to college or exactly what the stipend/tuition break came from. I had a good chunk of grad school paid for by my employer until I was laid off. Pretty much killed that plan.

Joining the military is a traditional way to pay for college. Of course these days, you're much more likely to see active combat and either get injured or have other troubles adjusting back to civilian life.
It also seems like you stayed in government jobs afterwards, or perhaps in the Army itself?

Things have changed. Even the 90s were ~20 years ago. Costs have risen and job prospects after graduation have fallen. It's easy for us to look back at our college experiences and assume they apply today, but in many ways they really don't.

[chagrin]Thanks for the reality check. [/chagrin]

She went back right after 9/11 (Wow! That's over a decade ago!--the fog of time clouds an elderly mind). A lot of PhD programs are fully funded and pay small stipends, especially at the bigger schools.

I'm retiring from the Army in about a year.

Wow...20 years ago. And, essentially, my employer has been footing my bills. I guess I'm too far removed to really remark on the current state of education. :-/

Andoran

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My two-cents; take it for what you will:

My sister went to Duke; a scholarship paid about half the total cost, and she got loans to pay for the rest. She didn't even have to start paying on the loans until four years after graduation, by which time she was able to refinance the loan since she could now afford to treat it like a car loan rather than a mortgage. A few years ago she went to grad school at Harvard, and despite a very nice job with very good pay (around $70k), she paid about 10% of the tuition and they gave her a stipend!

I went to Cornell and Carolina in the 90s; the US Army paid for all of it, 100%.

I later went to Columbia; the government paid around 60% of that, and I paid the rest.

I spent a year at Yale; the government paid 100% of the cost and gave me a paycheck while I was there.

Both my sister and I have very nice jobs now, and I'm about a year out from retirement and a 50% pension, with COLA adjustments per annum, for the rest of my life.

My point is that college is expensive, but if you take the time to really dig into the cost, then you'll find that most people will not pay more than they would at a low-end state college.

Will you always get a job, especially right after graduation, that matches your degree? Maybe not, especially if your degree is in the humanities or arts and you don't want to be an academic. Nonetheless, some of the highest paying jobs with the best benefits and best pensions are only looking for evidence of education (naturally, I'm not including technical or professional jobs, like medicine, law, or electrical engineering)--college is supposed to do two things: chiefly, to develop you as a learned individual; secondarily, to train you in an academic specialty.

Andoran

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No-one, huh?

Andoran

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Her

What an absolutely amazing movie--a PhD's worth of philosophy education in a two-hour dramady.

This is one of those can't-stop-thinking-about-it movies. Highly recommended; probably the best film I've seen, ever.

Andoran

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If you have any further questions or concerns, please let me know.

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Thanks!

Andoran

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ShadowcatX wrote:
So you stuck your nose in and twitter cut it off. Good for them I guess.
yellowdingo wrote:

*yellowdingo climbs off cross and pees up against it.*

Remind me to buy twitter and ban a load of doofuses.

ShadowcatX wrote:
I think this is supposedto offend me, but it doesn't. You failed, just like you failed at Twitter.

I thought it was funny, postmodern funny.

Andoran

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Can you guys just throw this in with my next Pathfinder package? I didn't see the option to do so at checkout. I'm not after a shipping discount, just trying to consolidate packages.

Andoran

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Anyone watching this?

Spoiler:
I've only seen the first episode, but I feel like if you've seen any of the previous 8 seasons, then you've already seen season 9.

Andoran

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Freehold DM wrote:
This thread went downhill fast. I'm disappointed, but not shocked.
thejeff wrote:

And by fast you mean by post 2, right?

I mean the OP was basically posted at the edge of the cliff and waiting to be pushed off.

Krensky wrote:

hardly Jeff....

He was doing the Wiley Coyote waiting to look down thing.

Thread's doing fine; as to trolling, though, you guys could stop trying to bait me.

Andoran

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Just a thought exercise, so no trolling, if you please:

What might have happened over the last 14 years if Gore had become President in 2000?

List your key events by year.

Andoran

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Alex Martin wrote:

I had thought it was going to be more narrative documentary style, so I have been mildly surprised by the drama approach. What most interests me so far is the way the Viking raiding and conquest isn't the inevitable or certain thing that history often portrays it to be.

It tries to give a more realistic (albeit dramatic)take on the rise of the Viking Age.

Last month's Smithsonian has a very cool article about this.

Andoran

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meatrace wrote:

Ahh, so THIS is the place to be late on a Friday night.

I'm just getting home from a concert, what's your excuse?

It's Saturday afternoon where live, and pouring down rain.

I'm cruising the interwebz while I half-listen to the My Amityville Horror documentary.

Andoran

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Failed States by Noam Chomsky.

Andoran

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SnowJade wrote:
Kewl. I just get invasions of demons.
yellowdingo wrote:
Tell the demon string theory invalidates religion and evolution.

I will always, always love you, YD!

Andoran

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Very cool.

Andoran

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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).

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