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David M Mallon wrote:
Director and actress Sofia Coppola, daughter of director Francis Ford Coppola (and cousin of actor Nicolas Cage), asked family friend George Lucas if she could watch the filming of Lucas' then-upcoming film Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. In response, Lucas, cast Coppola as Saché, one of the handmaidens of Queen Padmé Amidala, alongside future Pirates of the Caribbean star Keira Knightley.
No one ever mentions poor Rose Byrne though, do they?
Chemistry, BNW; alchemy is chemistry now, not physics.
Wolfgang Baur wrote:
The link in the comments section worked, I just hadn't bothered to look for it; y'know, because I'm lazy and want everything delivered immediately, with a minimum of effort on my part. :)
Nevermind all that Smilo, here's the real issue: I can't seem to access a hi-res version of the Alseid update. Whenever I scroll across the dropbox link, it just sits there, and now I'm getting a headache from squinting at pixelated low-res text!
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I mentioned that I'm a backer, right? I feel like I started this post with the best of intentions, but somehow it got really adversarial by the end of the the first sentence.
I was thinking the same thing Dan, and also considering something that allowed replacing class features like fighting style for the martial classes, except that's a terrible example because fighting style is granted at 1st level.
Back in one of playtest packets, Arcane Archer was a feat. As I remember it pruned the prestige class down to imbuing a normal arrow into a (+1) magic weapon, or a with spell you know/have prepared. They did away with all the ethereal etc. arrows, but the feat was cool enough for me. I really like the idea of decoupling prestige classes from hit dice and proficiency bonus, so that it's something you sort of graft onto your existing class advancement, if that makes sense.
. . . Or maybe I'm just trying to rules lawyer a psionic ambuscade ranger into existence; ROXXOR!!1!
I'm sorry, was that a Donovan Leitch lyric? Must be The Season of the Witch! :P
Omigod, those elves sound awesome; I'll be really polite and inoffensive, avoiding the latter, and am totally willing to contribute my "efforts" to the former!
See, I'm pretty sure that you'll dismiss any example I can offer here as "not-philosophy," because you predicate the science/philosophy divide on whether something has real world application or not.
But if I had to pick one, I'd say Pi; if I had to pick two, I'd say Newton's laws of motion; if I'm allowed to go way, way down the list to the point of once-in-a-lifetime-crypto-technology, I'd say the Antikythera mechanism.
Doesn't that just mean that when philosophy does adhere to reality and (granted, long term) lead to technological marvels, you simply reclassify it?
Aniuś the Talewise wrote:
What, we're just skipping the neolithic period now? /wink
Okay, look Kirth, I didn't know The Switch had been dramatized, so I'm eternally grateful! I first read the book about a month after I saw Jackie Brown, and was all like "I know those guys!!"
Nor was I aware of the books about Raylan. All my knowledge of Elmore Leonard comes from a box full of paperbacks left in the closet of an apartment I rented by a previous tenant. Does Karen Cisco feature in any of the Raylan books? 'Cause Carla Gugino shows up in a later season of Justified playing a US Marshal from Miami named Karen but they never call her Cisco. She's gotten married, then divorced and kept the name, I assume because FX didn't have TV rights to the character.
At that point I started to wonder if Ray Nicolette the FBI agent was going to show up, and, supposing he did and that Karen's father felt he needed a stern talking to, would said talking to be delivered by Dennis Farina, or Robert Forster?
Season 2 was your favorite?! I thought that season 1 was awesome. In my opinion the dramatic loss in story quality from 1 to 2 was enough to get me to stop watching. But then 1 is based on the book and 2 is Hollywood writers, unless I am misinformed. Season 2 isn't bad... It just seemed so absolutely meh compared to 1. So I switched my watching to other shows.
There was no book. "Fire in the Hole" was a short story by Elmore Leonard, in which Raylan Givens kills Boyd Crowder with a single bullet to the heart.
Anyhow, I LOVED the second season, with the introduction of the Bennetts. Seriously, I feel like that family lives right next door. Yes, it's an interesting neighborhood here in Rhode Island.
Totes McScrotes wrote:
Funny you should mention WoW. Just the other week, the UA column over at the WotC site introduced a new version of the Ranger, lacking spell casting or an animal companion, but with (among other things) a Spirit Companion ability.
Now, I like D&D 5e with its old school ethic, but I had to come to terms with my feelings in a hurry. My main on WoW is a BM hunter, who has collected all the spirit beast models, if not all the individual spirits beasts, just 'cause they look SO good. Looking good is what WoW is there for, after all.
So you think would love a 5e version of the ranger with a spirit beast ability, but instead I felt like ranting about for a half hour, because THAT'S NOT WHAT I WANT WHEN I PLAY D&D!!11!
. . .
I guess I'm saying that I enjoy both old school and new school, and the line between the two is a moving target. Just, woe betide you should you confuse the two.
Well, they've got a name for it, so it's a thing for them. When Hiro buys a top of the line system YT is all, "OMG, you're a gargoyle now." Except texting wasn't popular that she actually said OMG in the dialog.
My (ill-explained) point was that not even 20 years later we just do all that stuff on out cell phones instead of even having to worry about wearing anything large enough to deserve the name "computer."
Mind you, I'm still not sure if Snow Crash was written as near future science fiction, or if it was actually near past alternate reality, or something. I mean, Hiro's father fought in Word War II, and Hiro is young enough that he must have been born pretty late in his parent's fertility cycle, not that Stephenson puts a date on it. "The sunday morning hangover follow the saturday night party of his youth," (or something like that) is the most specific description I remember of Hiro's age.
Edit: Of course, he did buy his mother an apartment in an assisted living community with his Black Sun payout, so there's that. God, why am I even bothering to post this? I should go re-read Snow Crash right now!
Edit to the edit: Speaking of assisted living, I just read Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?. It was very good, funny and somber, sometimes at the same time.
So far, Snow Crash is ADORABLE!!!!! They have fiber optic cables and explained what an avatar is. And they said the typical hacker is skinny! Hahahahahahaha!!!!!
To be far, the description of near-future pizza delivery was spot on. :P
Have you read Cryptonomicon? Pinoy-grams seemed like a genius level innovation at the time, but now I'm all, "Did he just say videotape?!"
I have my own opinions of the reasons the founders may have had to institute the 2nd Amendment (Yes, sorry Libertarians, it's an institution at this point), but it's important to remember that the Bill of Rights was a set of amendments to the original document.
Back to your regularly scheduled RPG talk! :)
Kirth Gersen wrote:
No danger? If the earth spins faster, then the wind will go faster! Don't you even know that wind and climate are connected?! :P
A little? One time she said said she liked Pringles with lunch, and when I told I only had regular potato chips, she set fire to my car!
Plus, they stole wash towels from car washes and sold them door to door. Seriously, it was reported on the news, just google it!
Actually, now that I think about it, I'm pretty sure that was the SLA; too much plum wine, I guess!
I'm not looking to quibble, but I've often found that the toughest character I put together requires less attention to the game, allowing me to mess around than have fun, whereas a jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none results in more edge-of-my-seat moments. (That's assuming default level encounters, I suppose.)
BNW, can I ask (and, honestly, I'm not casting aspersions here, I'm just curious about your answer) but has the US government ever come close to your rebellion threshold? I just think it's foolish to put things in terms of "willingness to rebel against a government." It seems like such a general description of what would have to be very detailed circumstances to get me anywhere close to that point.
I too hate the word Antipaladin, seems dumb. I just call them ALL paladins and remove the alignment aspect altogether. Paladin is synonymous with a warrior of faith or a cause and not specifically just a righteous one.
D&D 5E has no alignment requirements for paladins, and offers the Oathbreaker as a subclass, but you have to buy the DMG to see what they do with it. I like "Oathbreaker" as a name, though. It's very specific to an evil paladin, if you see what I mean.
Secret Wizard wrote:
It's less to do with linguistic than anthropological improprieties, but I feel a need to introduce Piltdown Man to the conversation . . .
Well, maybe I'm so naive that I don't even know it, and thus am giving her the benefit of the doubt, but I was just very interested by how quickly she she did everything she could to get out of prison, if martyrdom was her end goal. She doesn't seem to be acting as if she truly understands what happen to martyrs, you know?
EDIT: That was to follow Orf's reply to my previous comment, and I'm just saying she looks like a drama queen, not a martyr, from where I'm standing.
Orfamay Quest wrote:
Y'know, at this point, I'm sort of having flashbacks to Typhoid Mary. I honestly think this woman doesn't see any connection between her her own actions and the contempt of court charges.
Aniuś the Talewise wrote:
. . . Alright, lookit, dude.
That was just a typo; if I'd been using the Third Imperium's dating system I would have said "-2,543." :)
Now that you've raised the issue, he'll probably introduce some sort of Geological Time Scale Duration metamagic feat chain. :P
Kirth Gersen wrote:
One time, I was arguing with Kirth about science, when he took out this big ass sword (one of the ones that's flat at the tip instead of coming to point, like the one the executioner used in Wolf Hall) and said, "The name of this blade is Practical Application; I find a single demonstration ends all argument."
Dude, he was right; I've just agreed with whatever says ever since!
Quark Blast wrote:
ZOMG, Quark, have you read seveNeves by Neal Stephenson? It's pretty good book, and eerily similar to what you're describing, except with other stuff, not climate. Atmospheric temperature certainly plays part, though!
James Jacobs wrote:
It, American Gods and Anansi Boys feature many of the same characters as the comic, but in an off brand sort of way, 'cause DC owns the likenesses. But, like, Odin and Loki (same ones from Season of Mists) show up, and it is not disappointing; worth reading to say the least.
Anyhow, enough blathering about Gaiman, do you enjoy Roger Zelazny's work?
Y'know, just to phrase it in the form of a question. :)
Sam, have you ever read about the Windward Maroons of Jamaica? It sounds terribly racist, but I think you'd enjoy the historical record.