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RPG Superstar 2013 Star Voter. Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber. 5,122 posts (5,127 including aliases). 1 review. No lists. No wishlists. 1 alias.


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captain yesterday wrote:
Monks are always Tea related, name a Monk that doesn't drink Tea, go ahead I'll wait the little guy is test driving big wheels at toys r us, so I have all damn day:-p

I'll name two! (For a given value of monk.)

Brother Cadfael
Friar Tuck

Cadfael makes plenty of herbal teas in the TV show


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The black raven wrote:

When overly frustrated, undead in Oots have a tendency to insult mortals by referring to exactly the features the undead themselves are lacking :

Durkula "you pulsing bloodsack" in 985.

Xykon "you sickening pouches of warm goo" in 661.

I wonder if it shows an envy (veiled by scorn) of what the living mortals are and have.

And I am now left wondering whether Liches follow the same "inhabited by an evil spirit" case as Vampires do.

Not that the mortal Xykon was a goody-two-shoes to begin with, mind you (as seen in Start of Darkness).

Or it is because the undead have transcended beyond those things and look down on those without.


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thegreenteagamer wrote:
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Yeah, green tea frozen yogurt is pretty frickin' amazing.
There is a Japanese restaurant near me that deep fries green tea ice cream. So delicious.

I keep hearing about fried iced cream. How is this a thing? Physics/chemistry-wise, I mean...How do you not have liquid goop before there's any actual frying occurred?

Also, holy crap, how fat do you have to be where iced cream isn't enough, you need to fry that?! Apparently me I am, because I want it!

Physics is your friend. There is a rate that heat will transfer across and through something. Just like how you can burn a rare steak. In that time, you can fully fry the batter you use to make an outer shell of ice cream, while the ice cream is mostly unaffected. That shell becomes an insulating barrier for the rest of the ice cream. When you break into it, there is a layer that is molten goop and delicious, and you have a really interesting temperature gradient throughout. You should also do it with very cold ice cream.


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thegreenteagamer wrote:
Yeah, green tea frozen yogurt is pretty frickin' amazing.

There is a Japanese restaurant near me that deep fries green tea ice cream. So delicious.


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my god I hated the science. Run at a hydrogen particle... Seriously... SO MUCH DUMB


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captain yesterday wrote:

If I ever get to play in Kingmaker other then running it for 11 year old girls playing Brave I mean, I'm making a Cavalier that rides a miniature Horse and sinks all his starting cash into a nice tea set as well as other tea related fopperies:-D

Honestly tho I'll make him for any campaign

You mean like Harsk?


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Ceaser Slaad wrote:

To each their own. Maybe you have something of an allergy to alcohol. And depending on the brew in question some of them are acquired tastes. I drink occasionally, usually beer when I do. I'm partial to Sam Adams, but l'll drink just about anything.

Alas, with the exception of a few microbrews, if you want really good beer here in America you have to go for an import. Probably true for tea as well. I don't know if they actually grow any here. I know it was originally all imported, but that could have changed since the Revolutionary War. :-) Perhaps I should get out more ... ;-)

If you think there are only a few microbrews in the US making good beer, you need to move to a more hipster area. Even when you get past the ridiculous number of overhopped beers, there are good craft breweries all over the place. Name a style, and you can find a good one made in the US that has distribution in at least a few states.


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Watched Devil is a Part Timer last night. It has an interesting mix of seriousness and comedy that made it way more enjoyable than I was expecting.


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thesenchagamer wrote:

Green Tea Original Lemon from Pickwick, cooled down overnight and served in a glass of ice cubes.

(I am nowhere near my sencha, so flavoured green tea is a thing again)

Wait... I could pour tea in an ice cube mold and have tea ice cubes that won't dilute my tea as it melts...

Growing up we used to do it with water that we boiled mint in. Went fantastic in lemonade and the cheap iced tea we had then.


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I just finished off a blended Yunnan tea. Man I want another cup.


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Lord Fyre wrote:
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Actually, I a surprised that Freehold DM didn't point out the rather massive Chickification of Black Widow in this film.

And from a self-professed Feminist of all people.

Funny, I didn't interpret anything that happened to BW to be chickification. Apparently showing that characters have broad ranges of emotions is frown upon?

Not at all.

But the way she was "calling herself a monster" implies that she feels that she is one because she cannot have children. This has to do with the scene with Banner in the farmhouse. (Note: calling herself a "monster" because of the evil deeds she is trying to atone for would have been quite different.)

Also, the scenes would have been FAR less damaging in a larger Black Widow movie, but in an AVENGERS film (where screentime is limited) this tends to stand out more.

If that is how you interpret that scene, that is how you interpret it. Your wrong though. She is calling herself a monster because she is talking about how easy it is for her to kill people and how it helped her to not care.


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Lord Fyre wrote:

Actually, I a surprised that Freehold DM didn't point out the rather massive Chickification of Black Widow in this film.

And from a self-professed Feminist of all people.

Funny, I didn't interpret anything that happened to BW to be chickification. Apparently showing that characters have broad ranges of emotions is frown upon?


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I forgot he had prestige class levels. He mentions planning to swap a 4th level spell for Cure Critical, but he's still not allowed to swap 4th level spells until he has 6th level spells, so that's only at 17th (or I guess 20th) level of Bard.

And since he mentions learning two new 5th level spells, that panel occurred just after gaining 13 levels in bard (with some unknown number of Dashing Swordsman).

Two possible conclusions here:

1) Elan is at least 17th level of bard, plus some of Dashing Swordsman (possibly making the party 20th level, nearing the end game), and we should see 9th level spells immiently.

2) Burlew forgot/deliberately ignored the rule about bard swapping spells only two or more levels below their highest spell level and Elan swapped at 14 levels of bard, making the party as a whole somewhere in the neighborhood of 15-17th level.

he has at least 16 levels of bard plus an unknown number of levels of dashing swordsman

We know this because he used song of freedom, a bardic class feature gained at level 16 near the end of the desert arc

Do we know what dashing swordsman gets for class features? I t could get song of freedom early. I was under the impression that they were only 15th-16th level. We haven't seen a 9th level spell yet that I know of.


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Rynjin wrote:
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This thread is evidence that the riots ARE accomplishing something. Without them, it would be business as usual; another African American youth murdered by police, no notice at all by anyone except his immediate family/associates. After the riots, the whole country knows what happened yet again, especially following so soon after the unrest in Ferguson, for the same reason. Get enough of these riots back-to-back, in different cities, and at some point it will penetrate even the thickest of skulls that there is a real problem somewhere.
It seemed to be getting pretty solid coverage just from the protests already.

They were getting s~&* coverage before the riots. Even after the riots, the coverage has been crap, but at least there.


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Hama wrote:
Old Clash of the Titans. Those skeletons were awesome.

For me, it is the old Jason and the Argonauts. The Children of the Hydras Teeth were awesome.


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Kalshane wrote:
While I love the Arkham games, I've never been a fan of their character designs. They always felt like they were trying too hard to be "dark and gritty".

Have you seen the previews for DCs new movies? They are trying to out grimdark 40K


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Interestingly, I've noticed that Arizona iced tea and sweet tea contain the same amount of calories from sugar.


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Amazing Red wrote:
I just saw it. Hawkeye is my new favorite avenger. Between him and Thor are some of the best lines.

Hawkeye easily stole the show.


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Rynjin wrote:

Obviously we're going to have to agree to disagree on this.

I think the protection of other people's property (and welfare, though as of YET nobody has been hurt) is more important than you being able to continue protesting all through the night.

I certainly think it's a better alternative than coming in with teargas and billy clubs to arrest large groups of people at once.

You disagree.

S~+# can be rebuilt. Freedom is much harder to repair.


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Criminal charges filed


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MMCJawa wrote:
I thought she had done something a little more extensive than just surgically attaching razor blades? but it's been awhile since I have seen that episode.

No. It was that bad.


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got to say I like Jon Stewart's take


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God I'm glad I live in an area with amazing tap water. Besides being great for tea, I get awesome pizza, bagels, and beer!


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MLK wrote:
It is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard


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My only real complaint about the series is that they mostly ignore the fact that he is a lawyer. I'm not a big comic reader, so I only have a passing familiarity with the a few characters from elsewhere. But I was hoping for something more paced like Burn Notice, with a solid client of the week interacting with the overarching plot. Instead, it felt like they rushed the primary plot as the only thing going on, so it felt like too much happened too quickly.

That being said, the cinematography was amazing. Others have mentioned the hallway scene, but I think one of my favorites was the episode open where they show Fisk's morning routine.


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Hama wrote:
Um Arrow fights are crap. Anyone fighting like Ollie does would be dead within seconds.

Not to mention his bow would break the first time he tried to use it after one of his melees with it.


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Hrothdane wrote:

@RainyDayNinja I'm guessing you are suggesting that the numbers being similar is somehow indicative of something.

You have given evidence of a correlation between number of votes and being affiliated with Tor, nothing more, and weak evidence at that. I don't see any evidence as to what caused it. Patterns emerge in any system of data if you look hard enough and long enough at it and feel free to cherry-pick data. Also, Day is quick to try to explain away the years in which the category numbers didnt all match up, nor does he include any kind of analysis of the overall pattern of voting data. Unless vote manipulation has been endemic from the beginning, there should be clear and marked changes in the voting data around the time the manipulation began, which would be much easier to show. He is clearly trying to find a pattern.

Extrapolating sound conclusions from data is hard enough with organized and randomized studies and actual statistical analysis tools. Expecting a non-random sample cherry-picked from all the years of data to give insight just wastes everyone's time.

Actually, the number of votes each thing got is a huge indicator and ridiculously important. It shows that people did not vote for the Sad Puppies list en mass without consideration, as 1 work on the list has twice the number of votes as another. It also shows that the previous voting had those Sad Puppies is accusing of block voting having large chunks within 10% of eachother. So, Sad Puppies, publicly announcing their slate, do not show signs of block voting but their opposition, who is denouncing the block voting, does.

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Trying to "rock the vote" so to speak isn't the issue. My issue is with the premise of Sad Puppies that their preferred works were being marginalized by an illegitimate force and that they had to react. That narrative doesn't hold water.

Actually, It holds a lot of water with me. The works they support are frequently a different style that sells really well but does not get recognized by awards. They are the cheesy romance novels of science fiction.

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@Caineach

You don't have to convince me that the nomination process is not constructed well and leaves great potential for abuse. However, having great potential for abuse does not equate to that abuse having occurred.

As to politics, my point was that any two news sources can have a wildly different view of things. The old "politcal correctness will doom the liberals" is a shibboleth that has been circulating since the phrase "political correctness" was invented. I've probably heard we are a year away from the Republican party splintering over the libertarian and conservative Christian divide for 10 years, too. I was also thinking about one of the many other times Bill Maher has complained about political correctness. Once again, shibboleth.

Political correctness was originally a conservative push and has changed meaning since the 90s. That it has now taken over the left and is strangling it is slowly becoming more evident, from the redacted story Entertainment Weekly published on this to the death threats being sent to the pizzeria in Indiana. You can find the redacted article at the end of Coreia's response to sad puppies 3 backlash


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jemstone wrote:
Do you have any idea how hard it is to come up with those Magical Girl "You will be punished for your wrongdoings!" monologues on the fly? Do you? DO YOU?!?
Yes.

In Samurai Flamenco they actually discuss it.


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Hrothdane wrote:

What points? As I indicated when I paraphrase one of Correia's comments, I've been to their website and read their side. Where is the evidence there was any sort of organized liberal cabal, that quality works were systematically excluded from the process because they didn't meet an arbitrary level of social conscience?

Until there is compelling evidence that such corruption existed and actually affected the results in a meaningful way, Sad Puppies has no legs to stand on. Sometimes groups are marginal because they just aren't popular.

Once again, where are the critiques of the quality of the writing of the supposedly undeserving works? Where is the evidence that a liberal elite has made attempting to tackle social issues trump writing quality? All I'm seeing from Sad Puppies is a bunch of people complaining about SJWs.

As for the political comments, if I go to a liberal news site, they will say that conservatives are imploding. If I go to a conservative one, it will say liberals are imploding. I'm well familir with Bill Maher, and in the case you mention, he was resentful because he got pushback for his attitudes towards Islam, which are hardly uncontroversial. I'm also not sure how unbiased a person would be on the subject of political correctness when they name their show Politically Incorrect as a badge of honor.

As many have said, the "cabal" didn't have to be organized because the voting public was so small that it could have been an informal friends circle that just circulated recommendations to eachother and thus dominated the voting. As was pointed out above, it could take as little as 12 votes to get on the short list in some categories, and if those groups were the active particpants in other parts of the con they could easily drive other people away from voting just by being annoying. The convention circuit is extremely cliquey, and this award could easily be dominated by the active cliques through normal social interactions.

As for the Bill Maher comments, it had nothing to do the backlash against his Islamic beliefs. It is about his comments on Elton John attacking Dolce and Gobbana and backlash against a university professor saying "all live matter" instead of "black lives matter". And your comments about going to conservative sites to see them talking about the other side imploding makes no sense with regards to me mentioning Huffington Post, since Huffington Post is one of the most liberal news outlets with respectability.


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thejeff wrote:

I'm not sure what you mean by "hitting significantly more numbers". Are you saying less people read those message boards than Scalzi's, for example?

Exactly. More people read Scalzi's message board, but he failed to conver them into voters.

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Their recommendations certainly drew more votes than anyone elses, even assuming there was anything to directly compare them too. Partly because they framed it as "Here's your chance to stick it to them."
And by "left wing ideologues", they basically mean people who write stories featuring LGBTQ characters in positive roles, right?

If that were the case, Correia would be eliminating himself, as well as a number of authors on the sad puppies list. There is a difference between people who support LGBTQ issues and people and the people who have become rabid in their attacks against anyone who doesn't support the party line. There is a reason Bill Maher of all people recently called out the left for attacking its own, and you are starting to see news articles about the left being self-destructive with its political correctness on places like Huffington Post.


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Hrothdane wrote:
This movement isn't about inclusion. It's about reactionaries attempting to exert control over a system that hasnt been favoring them. The condescending and patronizing attitude of the sponsers of Sad Puppies towards those that they believe have "stolen" the awards from "true" sci-fi becomes extraordinarily clear in the banter they have with their followers and their attacks on critics in the comments on their sites.

And have you looked at the banter they are responding to? The Sad Puppies have been downright civil in their response.

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The Rapid Puppies list was more successful than the more moderate Sad Puppies one. That fact alone gives an idea of what kind of person is behind this movement. The name "Sad Puppies" alone is a perfect example of the kind of self-indulgent victim complex that motivates its creators.

Yes, because using a mocking joke of a name for what started as a gag is somehow a self-indulgent victim complex. Or it is a guy with a sense of humor who understands how the internet works and how to connect with his fans. Apparently understanding how PR works is evil.

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Once again, nobody has given any evidence that there was any form of vote tampering in the past. Saying "certainly it must have happened at some point" doesn't cut it, sorry. The only evidence presented amounts to "I dont like thing and everyone in my social circle doesnt like thing so it must win awards by cheating." This mentality pops up all the time when one group feels marginalized: they characterize anyone that disagrees with them as illegitimate because CLEARLY they deserve to be in charge regardless of any facts or evidence. It's nothing but unfettered ressentiment and it's disgusting no matter what group is guilty of it.

Or it could be that the group is actually being marginalized and shut out of the conversation. Gotta love a group claiming to be open and welcoming hurling insults and vilifying a group for saying they feel like their voices aren't being heard and then doing something about it.

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People here keep saying that it's just about a group of fans trying to get more of the sci-fi they like visible, but people keep dancing around the topic of what that actually means in this context. This movement is not about quality writing; it's about censuring certain categories of content. Just like Gamergate, Sad Puppies brings along the baggage of unleashing a horde of vitriolic negativity on a group of people that have commited the apparently heinous crime of caring too much about social issues and writing about them. My God.

The leaders of Sad Puppies want to define "good sci-fi" as being free of LGBT themes and social justice issues. I have not seen one critique of the actual writing skills of an author, only snide comments on the interests of the supposed elites. This Sad Puppies group of reactionaries has declared an entire group of writers--and by extension their fans--illegitimate because of the subject matter of their stories. How does that make the field more open? How does that fight for the rights of artistic expression?

Apparently that is why the creator uses an ethnically diverse cast in his novels, and the recommendations included works with non-hetero-normative main characters from a group of authors across the political spectrum. Because they think those things shouldn't be included...

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I accept that the arts will always have works I don't like and that other people will. Camus put it better than me when he wrote that "A free press can, of course, be good or bad, but, most certainly without freedom, the press will never be anything but bad." You can dislike the works, but that is no argument against leaving the creative marketplace free and open. Creative people need an open environment to work in, to feel free to take risks. Taking risks means making mistakes, trying things that haven't been done before. How are writers supposed to feel comfortable when they know that any slight trace of social conscience will earn them a fanatical hatedom? Sad Puppies claims that they felt punished for not kow-towing to some unproven--and completely unevidenced--liberal conspiracy by being denied awards. How terrible. Correia even mentions in one of his dismissive comments on his site that he has a pile of money. I really see how marginalized he is. Not winning an award vs having people grabbing torches and pitchforks because you wrote a gay couple. I wonder which is worse for the industry. I wonder which infringes more upon the freedom of artists to follow their inspiration.

Yes. Because the traditional voters response to Correia getting his first nomination before he became popular (complete boycott of his works because of his support for the Republican party) and publicly encouraging people to refuse to read it is so open and welcoming to new authors. If you are only open and welcoming when people don't dissent with you, your not actually open and welcoming.

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Correia and Turgeson and Wright can say they are just underdogs fighting the good fight until the end of the world. It doesnt mean anything if their actions dont support that.

But they seem to be growing and converting undecided in their favor, so you may want to take a look and actually read their points before outright ignoring them.


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thejeff wrote:

At which point of course, there is no problem with voting No Award above any names on the slate, since that's allowed by the rules.

This isn't a government or giant corporation. It's a volunteer fan organization. Sure, there are basic rules, but it has run for decades mostly by the good will of those involved. It's not designed to be completely hack proof. And it probably can't be, without being changed beyond recognition.
As analogy, think of a munchkin building Pun-Pun or some similar exploit and insisting it was "rules legal and therefore...

Except that the slate didn't vote in things to troll, they voted in things that they thought were worthy but would not get consideration (at least the SP one, RP is a different story). By block voting No Award out of spite, you are telling everyone who likes those things that their opinions didn't matter, thus proving the point of the people who created the slate that the award has become an elitist clique. Sad Puppies wins either way. The only ones it hurts are the authors who got on the slate despite not having anything to do with Sad Puppies.

Scalzi has the right of it. Read the things that got nominated and make a judgement ignoring how they got on there. It is the only way to be fair to the authors.


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Pristine is a strong word. You're right, I doubt it's pristine. I also doubt it's seriously corrupt. It's a small fan/volunteer community doing the work. The community of authors is also pretty tightly knit - even the outcasts, like Larry and Vox are well known personally, if not liked.

The number of votes is publicly released (after the awards.) If there's dirty business going on, it's going to be pretty obvious. Like this.
There have been allegations from the Puppies of Tor doing something, but I haven't seen anything specific about what that is. Until I do, I'm writing it off as "Tor is winning too often, they must be dirty".

They aren't saying they are doing something nefarious. They are saying that they are a small group that has dominated the awards by being hostile to outsiders and making people not want to participate. If you have ever seen small convention politics, it fits right in with what sad puppies claim is happening. One clique gets slightly more powerful, pisses people off and drives them away. Now they get to dominate the awards by virtue of other people just not wanting to participate, and the awards skew towards one groups collective appetite. In this case, it looks like you only need about a dozen people to pull it off, which is really easy to do with just a single book club or social circle. A handful of charismatic people who convince their friends they should read certain books is all it takes. It doesn't need to be an organized effort for them to dominate the discussion. Sad Puppies is just an organized pushback against that behavior.


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Caineach - there is a difference, but I agree it's not a black and white thing. It's more like charcoal and ash (I don't actually know which of those is darker, but you get the idea).

One is introducing a bias of memory by making sure your eligible entries are considered. This makes sense, but would be better if it were more across-the-board. Maybe something that would have a list of all valid entries thus far, updated daily. Or maybe allowing writers to submit their name for official consideration. You could argue that in its current state it's implicitly asking people to nominate the whole list. This is where it edges into gray territory.

The other is explicitly asking people to submit entries they haven't personally considered. That's deliberately introducing a bias. It may be similar in shape, but the scale is different.

I'll also add on that unless there's consistent bias, humans are, in aggregate, good at making guesses. In my opinion, introducing a conflicting bias might be effective at changing the struggle, but it's not healthy to the process in the long run since it leads to factions. Diluting the bias (by encouraging "fair" people to vote but not attempting to directly sway that vote) or eliminating the bias (by convincing people to realize they're biased and attempt to counter its influence) are better ways to make that happen.

So if you still think I'd be interested in that bridge, let's talk price. :-)

Is it asking people to submit entries they didn't read? I read it as "these things are awesome, and we think you will agree". You have no evidence that people didn't actually read the things before submitting them. Your talking about lists circulated on author's websites. By their very nature, the people on those sites are likely avid readers. Not only that, but Sad Puppies did book bombs, where they bought copies of the works and sent them out for people to read.

Sure, getting people organized to read things they may not have otherwise read is an escalation, but it isn't some demonic scheme that a lot of people are making it out to be.


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thejeff wrote:

From talking to a few people in the industry as well as what I've seen online, it looks like the reaction that they're trying for is avoid that arms race, but instead to punish the bloc nominating by voting "No award" above all the nominees on the bloc slates. No award can actually win, so that could be effective.

I've heard no talk of building competing slates and much disgust at the notion.
For future years, as I suggested above, the best approach is to get more people to nominate. Drown out the puppies if they try this again.

Great. Punish good authors for being liked by the wrong kind of people. That will certainly heal the rift that is growing in fandom.


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I got to say, looking at the Sad Puppy list of authors if you claim they organised a politically biased list, I will laugh at you. It contains people from a broad political spectrum who wrote a fairly diverse body of work.

As for the morality of it, if all it takes is a group smaller than a college science fiction club publicly announcing they are going to rig your vote to successfully rig your election, you have bigger problems for one of the most prestigious science fiction awards.


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Shrinking... flying... energy blasts... Is he Iron Man or the Wasp? Anyway good times.

I just wish they'd resolve him and move on. The whole rest of the show is gritty and filled with angst, and then there's Ray. Kind of like The Flash, only backwards. The whole Flash show is a lighthearted romp, and then there's Dr Wells.

Honestly, I hope they leave him a fairly open aspect of the show. I hate it when shows continuously write off people and characters that they could instead use to flesh out the world. Its my biggest complaint with Supernatural - every potential ally has to be killed off to keep the feel of 2 people on their own static, rather than letting the show evolve and giving them new people they could occasionally call for help.


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Hypocrisy is a very human emotional reaction to shock.

So, while I am not fond of the direction they are taking the character, her actions are entirely realistic.

It's not a major issue. I'm glad they show how much a hypocrite Simmons is. I just wish their would have been a buildup. While realistic it does feel like they tacked it on simply to push Inhumans.

How do you build up response to a sudden traumatic event?


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Sometimes the dub improves upon the original product.

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I loved you once, Toz. ignites beam saber

We have already had this discussion in this thread. It is rare, but it is true.


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So I watched Samurai Flamenco this weekend. If you are a fan of Sentai shows and Gurren Lagann, you will love it.


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I just discovered this album and really hope it is the soundtrack. It wont be, but it would be perfect.


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God I want one of these systems


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I would feel more reassured if there was more Dinklage and less Sandler in the trailer...
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The concept is novel and the Toru Iwatani sequence had me laughing. That being said, I am little concerned that is a Sandler/James movie.
Sandler isn't that bad. You just have to be willing to turn your brain off.

Sandler is amazingly hit or miss for me. He can do highbrow comedy, he can do slapstick, and he can do things that strike a solid balance of the 2. A lot of his things go too far into the slapstick end for my tastes. Like Ben Stiller, he is a comedian I will wait and see what the reviews are before watching. That is a lot better than I will give Will Ferrell, whom I can't stand to see on screen.


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Krensky wrote:

For most of mechPoet's posts, it appears to be.

See their above comment about grammar being a tool of oppression for an example.

If someone uses "they" pronouns, dismissing that by saying "you can't use 'they' as a singular pronoun, because it's not proper grammar" is oppression.

Would you like to argue that "words are just words" to excuse the use of slurs, next?

This type of dialog only makes enemies and bystanders out of potential friends, in my experience.


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mechaPoet wrote:
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Why does anyone need to know my gender or treat me in gendered ways or use gendered language to describe me? The whole thing just weirds me out. I have no answers to give about my gender identity that fit into a binary, and that makes life pretty uncomfy in a world that is so intensively focused on gendering everyone and everything.

Do you think that part of it, part of it, is that humans are sexual creatures, constantly and subconsciously assessing everyone they meet to see if that person is up for it, assuming that they are attracted to that gender?

Given that most people (there are exceptions) limit themselves to one particular gender, then knowing the gender of the person you meet is crucial information when it comes to how you interact, both consciously or subconsciously.

Thoughts?

Thoughts: humans are sexual creatures, but almost no one is looking to have sex 100% of the time? When I go to work, I'm not eyeing my co-workers, most of whom are old enough to be my parents, thinking, "Hm, yeah, that's the right gender presentation, I should pursue reproduction with them."

The obsession with gendering others is, perhaps, in some small part, sexual in nature. Perhaps even born of the fact that humans reproduce sexually. However, gender is a social construction, and acts much more like a social class presented as an inherent reality. If the urge to gender people was a largely sexual one, rather than a social process we're taught to enact, then I'm guessing there would be a lot fewer children asking, "Are you a girl or a boy?" to anyone who fails to conform strictly to the socially constructed gender binary.

I have to disagree. I think it is a huge part for some people. One of the first things that goes through my head any time I meet someone is a sexual assessment of them. It doesn't matter what age or gender, though I am only personally attracted to women. I'm also constantly re-assessing people as I interact with them.

Just because people don't think about sex 100% of the time doesn't mean it doesn't interrupt their other thoughts with regularity and change their behavior.


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I know a number of people who use Ze.


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Krensky wrote:

Transfer of credits from one regional accredited school to another regionally accredited school is not guaranteed. Even when it's the same regional accreditor.

I've seen classes taught by the same professor at different colleges not transfer.


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A couple days ago my friends an I were discussing Gurren Lagann and came to the conclusion that the hero should have been a duck. Nothing in nature beats the male duck's spiral power.


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I personally don't like a Peggy Carter match up. There are too few episodes to waste time on this.

If they don't tie her life up with a bow in the final episode, it leaves room for future segments, such as another eight episode run next year during the Agents of SHIELD winter break.

No reason to shut all the doors, after all. She could have had many years of adventures as a founder of SHIELD before settling down, and I for one am not watching Agent Carter to find out who she plays housewife with or the exciting adventures of her learning how to cook and sew and vacuum floors.

What makes you think she would choose a man who would make her do any of those things?


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RainyDayNinja wrote:
Since Spider-Man is based in New York, they're going to have to address what he was up to during the events of the first Avengers movie. Will they retcon him in, saying he was fighting the Chitauri somewhere else in the city? Or maybe the Battle of New York spurs him to move beyond fighting purse-snatchers and seek out SHIELD so he can make a real difference?

I think he will have been a kid who has grown up in the aftermath of the destruction of a major part of NYC. If he got his powers shortly after, he will have had at least 2 years to develop into an Avenger recruit.

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