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We're not allowed to say the name of Bahamut, the Platinum Dragon, just 'cause we're on the Paizo message-boards?

. . .

Actually, I suppose that is WotC IP. /sigh

Beautiful work; très magnifique!

CBDunkerson wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
I'm pretty sure the concept of "Hey look, a deer!" predates the philosophical framework for wondering if there really was a deer there and if so how we could know vs. know.

First, there is a mountain.

Then, there is no mountain.
Then, there IS a mountain.

I'm sorry, was that a Donovan Leitch lyric? Must be The Season of the Witch! :P

Meat and Climate Change alike, I enjoy the flavor . . .

TarkXT wrote:
blackbloodtroll wrote:
Are not Pathfinder Elves built to reside in the base setting, Golarion?

The ones from a planet other than Golarion to manipulate our nature live underground in our nightmares and breed with our people?

The ones whose patron goddess seek nothing but sex and vengeance?

Those elves?

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!

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BigNorseWolf wrote:
Hitdice wrote:
Doesn't that just mean that when philosophy does adhere to reality and (granted, long term) lead to technological marvels, you simply reclassify it?

What long term? What technological marvels did philosophy lead to?

Philosophy can't grock why science works. It tries to put itself at the forfront instead of the evidence and that doesn't work.

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.

BigNorseWolf wrote:
Scythia wrote:

How lucky then that philosophy not only adheres to reality but indeed was the first organized effort to define it.
I don't think it does and I know it doesn't succeed.

Doesn't that just mean that when philosophy does adhere to reality and (granted, long term) lead to technological marvels, you simply reclassify it?

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Aniuś the Talewise wrote:
MMCJawa wrote:
Aniuś the Talewise wrote:
MMCJawa wrote:
Aniuś the Talewise wrote:
I'll try to get ahold of the pdf later; it's behind a paywall for me right now and I am working from home today. I'd have to see the paper's evidence, but I do wonder if the lack of strong evidence for overlap is a result of a poorer ancient archaeological record and Pleistocene fossil record. Also a good chunk of the classic megafauna I think was absent from the Northeast, thinks like camels, llamas, glyptodonts, etc were much more abundant at fossil sites in the east and west. A good chunk of New England was also buried under the Laurentide ice sheet, and probably only began withdrawing after humans were already in North America and having an impact.

Those are good points. I'm at a university and may be able to transmit a pdf to you by some means.

I've been busy attempting to construct a hypothetical world in which the genus homo never happened, and based on this paper I made the assumption that pleistocene megafauna were on the way out in the northeast anyway. It looks like I might have to take that assumption back.

Altho if humans killed off the horse in NA I do wonder why it still survived in eurasia.

I have heard the suggestion that disease may have played a role in NA horse extinction, but I don't remember what if anything this is based on.

It could also be that the horse populations in Eurasian were better prepared to deal with hominid predators as they evolved alongside them.

Although to be fair its not like...Horses have done that well in the Old World. Of 7 species of Wild Horse recognized by IUCN, only two species are not in risk of extinction, the Plains Zebra and the Kiang of central Asia. Most subspecies of Wild Horse are extinct and were so since the early modern era.

That's true, but the picture of the relationship between humans and horses (wild or otherwise) is entirely different during the modern era than it was during the palaeolithic, so...

What, we're just skipping the neolithic period now? /wink

They're the same thing, BNW, it's just that philosophy has Greek language roots, whereas science is Latin.

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At this point, I'm thinking Elan is the only possible chance left for a healing spell. Maybe with a most-of-strip-flashback describing how he got there in time to cast it? I certainly feel that Roy and Belkar need a hugely emotional reconciliation after this whole thing is finished.

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?

There are downtime rules which allow you to gain tool proficiencies (and other stuff) in the PHB, with variants in the DMG.

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Doesn't that just mean that planets are a sociological construct, with no standard definition in the scientific community at large?

Aranna wrote:
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.

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Given the scientific innovations resulting in space lettuce, O'Neill cylinder greenhouses are inevitable!

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Totes McScrotes wrote:
Irontruth wrote:
2/3's of the posts seem like people trying to portray their own favorite style in a way that makes them seem superior to others.
Isn't that how these things always break down? Everyone's either an entitled whiner who just doesn't like change, or an easily amused man/woman-child ruined by smartphones and World of Warcraft.

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.

Gargoyles, Spectrevk; they're called "Gargoyles" when they have a wearable system they can walk around in. /wink

SmiloDan wrote:
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?!"

Samnell wrote:

If anybody would like to quote-fight the guns out, the Congressional Record only goes back to 1873. Before that, you've got the Congressional Globe. The author of many of my headaches reaches back to 1833. Its early end overlaps with the Register of Debates and then the Annals of Congress.

The further back one goes, the more care one should use. The Annals were a later-compiled highlights reel, not exhaustive or necessarily verbatim. The idea of doing that, and recording roughly contemporaneously, took hold during the Globe years. The reading is generally more interesting than fun.

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:
CaptainGemini wrote:
It's been known for nearly 20 years that dams affect the Earth's rotation. Stop and consider what affect that might have on climate, just due to ecosystem and orbital impacts. Now stop and consider the one they built in China. Even China admitted that it's an environmental disaster entirely on its own.

From the article:

These effects are several hundred times smaller than natural variations in Earth's motion, Dr. Chao said in an interview, and they pose no danger to people or the global environment.

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

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Terquem wrote:
Irontruth wrote:
Glad to see my point was completely misunderstood.
Have been introduced to the internet? She's really hot, but a little on the crazy side.

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!

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Not that I've seen Kirth, but they take their oath to defend the Constitution as license to "protect" Davis from officers of the law, so I'd assume that no little cognitive dissonance is par for the course.

thejeff wrote:
Kirth Gersen wrote:
thejeff wrote:
Arguably, such black "oathkeepers" would have been far more justified than the actual Oath Keepers, but the results would have been disastrous.
What I'm (obliquely?) hinting at has something to do with the fact that there seem to be no actual black Oath Keepers...

You pretty much have to go back to the Black Panther Party in the 60s to get something equivalent.

And they quickly became enemies of the state.

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!

"They aren't loop-holes; they're special rules for people who are willing to check carefully enough!" --Bryan, KODT.

They're called "myths" instead of "mundanes" for a reason, right? :P

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.

Terquem wrote:
Technically a Catholic term, but the idea, that "The more I am persecuted, the more that proves I am right" will probably be cited even if no one acknowledges that it is the "Sign of Contradiction"

That feels more Calvinist, though! :P

Diffan wrote:
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.

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Secret Wizard wrote:
Knitifine wrote:
Secret Wizard wrote:

I hate "Antipaladin" for the wrong reasons.

It's just that ANTI is latin and PALADIN is french.

Should be INPALADIN.

While true, this is english we're talking about. Mixing languages in a single word isn't unheard of.
I will forever see "Australopithecus" in biology books and cringe.

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:
GreyWolfLord wrote:

More or less, he is releasing her with the order that she is not to interfere, directly or indirectly with their issuing of licenses (that's me paraphrasing...sorry if it's not exact).

If she does, that's a violation of his orders.

We'll see where it goes from here.

Even money says she's found in contempt again before close of business Friday. (Yes, I know, my money talks. What of it?) One in four says she's in jail.

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.

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Aniuś the Talewise wrote:
Hitdice wrote:
Classic Traveller, published in 9177
seven thousand years from now, long after humanity has taken to the stars and empires and nation-states have fallen, people still play tabletop rpg, and Classic Traveller has risen to become the prevailing system.


. . . 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." :)

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I think we should just agree to spell it "Antepaladin" from now on, with the rationale that they're remnants the evil past before, like, paladins were brought forth to redeem the land, I guess?

. . .

(Look, I'm trying.)

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I used to think that Old School meant a game had various different subsystems for task resolution and New School meant the game had a single unified mechanic. Then I realized that meant Classic Traveller, published in 9177, was new school, and it's really not.

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Gaberlunzie wrote:
Kirth Gersen wrote:
CBDunkerson wrote:
ctually, there is fairly strong evidence that humans are responsible for all or nearly all of the observed warming since 1950. Indeed, without human interference we would most likely have seen a tiny amount of cooling over that timeframe
We don't disagree, but you have to remember that I'm a geologist; I'm used to referring to "over the last 11,000 years," as "short-term." So, yes, over the next several millennia, the climate would be warming, even without us. "Since 1950" is so fast that it qualifies, to me, as "near-instantaneous" -- which is why understanding anthropogenic forcing is a real concern.
So in Kirthfinder, can I hope for a 65 year duration True Strike? ;)

Now that you've raised the issue, he'll probably introduce some sort of Geological Time Scale Duration metamagic feat chain. :P

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. . . If he read my last post on the thread, he's probably just scared that Kirth will demonstrate a Practical Application!

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Kirth Gersen wrote:
CaptainGemini wrote:
The figures they give are a nice baseline for theoretical modelling, but likely will not be seen in real life due to the massive chemical composition changes that Earth's waters have suffered in the past couple of centuries. If scientists are relying on centuries-old data on how water works, they need to consider that the current conditions of most waterways did not exist centuries ago and go back to basics on this issue.

If you really, honestly believe that most water is now fundamentally chemically dissimilar from water, and does not actually behave in any way like water, because of some kind of undefined "massive chemical composition changes" that you pointedly don't identify, then I have no idea what to tell you.

Selected waterways like the Port of Houston Industrial Canal? I'll concede that there's probably as much benzene as there is water in sections of that. No argument there. But that canal doesn't dictate climate, or have much of an effect on climate, compared to the Gulf of Mexico it eventually empties into. Claiming that understanding of how water actually works is irrelevant when studying water just isn't "real life," sorry.

But don't listen to me. I'm only a hydrogeologist for my day job. I don't know anything about water, or anything like that.

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:
thejeff wrote:
Quark Blast wrote:
Between 1965 and 2015 weather forecasting improved markedly in the 1-3 days-out range, improved somewhat in the 4-6 days-out range, and improved marginally or not at all in the 7-10+ days-out range. Global climate modeling suffers for the same reason 2-week weather forecasting does; only the factors generate even more uncertainty.

[1]Climate is not weather. Forecasting one is not closely linked to forecasting the other.

[2]Obvious example: I cannot easily predict whether it will be hotter or colder one week from today. That's weather. I can trivially predict it will be colder 5 months from now. That's climate.

Wrath pretty much sums up all my asides from a different POV. :)

1 - But they are closely linked. Forecasting the weather 1-day out is really just some conservative extrapolation on today's climate conditions. Once you push your forecast out past about 10 days your weather forecasting becomes increasingly indistinguishable from the average weather condition - a.k.a. the climate.

2 - The thing with global climate modeling, and assessing the human impact to it, is maybe better explained with this hypothetical.

Hypothetically humans are increasing average global temperature through our activities. At some point this increase may trigger significant global climate change and the Earth starts to get tropical from Luleå to Port Lincoln, etc. But then a triggering event occurs, say 85% of Greenland's glaciers go galloping into the North Atlantic over the course of a month or two. This event monkeys with the Atlantic Gyre, and the Gulf Stream, and... the next thing we know, a strange attractor that had remained hidden from even our best climate models shows it's influence and we head into a 400 year "mini ice-age".

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:
Rysky wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Hitdice wrote:
Do you have a favorite piece by Gaiman?

Absolutely. Sandman. AKA one of my all-time favorite comics.

Nothing else he's done even comes close in my book.

Have you read The Graveyard Book?

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. :)

Samnell wrote:
Kirth Gersen wrote:
Samnell wrote:
Opted to write up the rest of the chapter. A great deal of it is just more detail on the first part, but there's also banking stuff and things about trade realignment.
Thanks! You're making me wish I'd read this in 2001-03, when I lived in SC.

There'll probably be more. :) I'm having fun writing them and I hit another few chapters that get pretty complicated: SC's transition from qualified nationalism to qualified nullification was one of those where it was hard to keep straight who was who. Especially with people changing positions over less than a year. Then right after that a deeply complicated chapter on Calhoun's own transition and the development of multiple, subtly different nullification theories.

There's a chance that after this I'll dig right into the other modern history of the event, but I'd probably be smarter to read some fiction in between.

Sam, have you ever read about the Windward Maroons of Jamaica? It sounds terribly racist, but I think you'd enjoy the historical record.

Do you have a favorite piece by Gaiman?

What you have to remember is that Sissyl resides in Sweden, where Global warming is a net positive. Look, that's not a dig, I live in New England and would enjoy 40 degree Fahrenheit winters, so there.

Also, is "batrachian" even on that list, or just a non-starter?

Edit: More seriously than my previous question, have you ever read "Shoggoth's Old Peculiar" by Neil Gaiman? It might be a bit farcical for your Lovecraft preferences, but I liked it.

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Caineach wrote:
Well, didn't he fulfill "bring death and destruction" by representing Hell? She is the goddess of both.

And he has, quite literally, brought her to his homeland; interesting.

It gives me hope for Belkar!

Maybe it's just that I grew up reading fantasy/SF the crazy 70s and 80s, but I wouldn't call anything from ASoIaF (the books specifically) sexually explicit. Some of the Tyrion/Shae scenes come close, but I don't remember any of those going much past stiffing nipples to actual description of intercourse. I'm not saying the series is kid friendly or anything, but that's for other stuff.

Y'know Dan, there's a variant noble background feature in the PHB that gives you 3 commoners as retainers. Maybe there could be some sort of feat that grants them HD and proficiency bonus advancement?

Hitdice negated as a concept? I'm standing right here, dude!!

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That's all cool, DigitalMage, but if we're going to follow gamer etiquette, first we have have a five hour argument about the difference between a samurai and a bushi, 'kay?

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I was just glad to see someone aside from myself mention Dhalgren. :)

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