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Rich Diver

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Goblin Squad Member. 1,653 posts (1,728 including aliases). 2 reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 17 aliases.


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Congratulations to all the folk of the fabulous persuasion!

Jaelithe wrote:

I'm a staunch Catholic who can't stand the imposition of my personal and my church's morality on those who don't share it. On sites like this, I'm a screwball theist, and on Catholic websites, I'm one of Satan's middle managers for not upholding the party line. Funny how much is relative, ain't it?

I think the decision is the only one that can be made by those who are not allowing inappropriate influences to sway them. The separation of church and state is, in my opinion, critical to the proper governance of a nation interested in protecting the minority from the will of an oppressive majority.

I'm pretty big on my Catholicism as well and I too agree this is one of the things we cannot in good conscience attempt to enforce in society (I have somewhat of a theological difference on the interpretation of gay marriage, which I think shouldn't constitute a sin under Catholic understanding).

And many other Catholics think the same way. For instance, it was a very Catholic president over here in Chile the one who set up the legal framework for gay marriage to happen (it's still in the Civil Union part, but should be regular marriage within 5 years or so, depending on legislative clockwork).

My hope is that this change in the US helps with two things: The key one which is the dignifying of human beings that happen to be gay, and the secondary, but very important for me at least, which is to help Catholics in particular and Christians in general (as there are some denominations that have already fixed that) finally understand that the usual "gay is evil" rhetoric goes against the very fundamentals of our religion.


I know it's as healthy as a tar smoothy, but by Jupiter, I'm merely a man and it's oh so crispy chicken.

Leftovers from yesterday's Father's Day:

Spicy garlic pork, baked potatoes with cilantro, caramelized apples with butter, cooked onions, and boiled peppers.

For desert, syrup figs with crushed nuts, apples, and cream.

Chicken stew and french fries.

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A hearty (perhaps too hearty) BBQ with the workers at the farm. Had some of the best chunchules (intestines, lamb intestines in this case) I remember, though my own chunchules are seemingly in disagreement.

We'll sort it out at the ivory throne.

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Parallel timelines, man.


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I will make sure to start using "abusively sharp" as a cheese descriptor from now on.

Onion quiche and one very large cookie.

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Took my father to watch it (he had been lobbying my mother to go, but she wouldn't have it). That'd be my 3rd watch.

I'm seeing chrome everywhere now.

Also, I found out my dad is extremely well versed in Mad Max lore for some reason.

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Yes. For lunch.


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You're missing the soothing sound of 15 Yamato Cannons firing in unison.

It's what I play every night to help me sleep.

The "Splorch" that follows when done so above a Zerg base is also nice.

Oh, I see. That I can understand and agree with.

I just tend to be wary of what is labelled feminist and what isn't these days; too many different groups adding descriptors to it, not all of which I'm comfortable with.

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John Kretzer wrote:

All right I liked the movie a lot...but something really confused me...

** spoiler omitted **

When they speak to the Vuvalini (the old ladies with guns), they mention they had to leave the wetlands after the waters became toxic. Perhaps they became so dangerous that those who remained behind had to retort to stilts to avoid touching the water.

Or they are just wanderers who hide in the swamps and use stilts to remain dry. The way the walked on four stilts did seem rather bestial, though, as if they were hunting. Cannibals, perhaps?

Albatoonoe wrote:
Okay, whether it was intentionally feminist or not is not really important. It's feminist (or at least allied with feminism) because it bucks a lot of prevalent, problematic tropes concerning women. Like, a war rig full of tropes. That's really important.

I don't know. To me, the plot was about the depravity of barbarism vs the humanity of civilization, and all of that serving as the setup for some pretty metal action scenes and those bizarre characters we've come to love about this type of movies (those two things being, I believe, the raison d'être for a new Mad Max. Form by itself can also be a goal for art); a key character and central object just happened to be female. If anything, that fits more in line with the previous movies: Civilization collapses, people forget their humanity, and everyone's now worth as much as they can be used.

Reading too deep into the story can lead us to a pretty wild set of conclusions. What is someone saw the collapse of the Vuvalini society while those of the warlords remained as, I don't know, an implied message that "Women can't lead societies", or that Max ultimately saving the group means "Even strong women need a man"?

I don't think either of those were the intention, just as I don't think the movie was intending to make a statement regarding gender roles, reproductive rights, or all the other ideas that have been appended to the movie.

The only one who knows are the writer and director, of course, so I might be completely wrong in my interpretation.

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Had so much fun watching it the first time I've already watched it twice. The Boom Truck with the flaming guitar guy really stole the movie.

As for the controversy: I didn't feel the movie was a feminist manifesto. It was just a tough one-armed woman saving female slaves from a mutant warlord who's desperate to get a healthy heir.

Not every female character (deuteragonist in this case, I think) or plot involving women has to be a political construct.

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Tiny Coffee Golem wrote:
A giraffes coffee would be cold by the time it reached the bottom of its throat. Ever think of that? No. You only think about yourself.

Well maybe it would arrive faster if certain tiny golems would assist the process.

Din'n think 'bout that, did 'cha?

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A treat yo'self lunch of aji de gallina, a traditional Peruvian dish that's among my favourite things ever in the world of favourite things ever.

Empanadas with the family.

Just went to see Mad Max; dayum wasn't it a mighty fun movie.

Would watch again several times.

Sushi (this one was very good, not like the other day's).

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When the telephone was first introduced to homes in the late XIX century, people were unsure what should be appropriate to do while talking. For a while, gentlemen would dress up in order to make a call, as it was considered rude to be improperly attired when speaking to someone else.

Just had some piss-poor sushi.

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I've been consolidating all the data I've collected for the family tree (genealogy is one of my hobbies) and found out some interesting things, such as my parents being 7th cousins once removed and being able to trace an uninterrupted line of ancestry back to the year 30 AD.

Limeylongears wrote:

Pizza and ice cream, because I am an adult. Honest.

Incidentally, what's the point of frozen yoghurt flavoured ice cream? Why not just have frozen yoghurt?

Going full Platonic, Freedom is both being able to have pizza and ice cream, and being able to say no to them.

Are we truly free when it comes to pizza and ice cream, however? I think not.

Tasty things: The tyranny of our times.

Moors & Christians

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A deceptively simple salad that tasted a lot better than it looked.

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More of that delicious yesterday pasta (I love how pasta tastes after a day mixed up with the sauce. I guess the flavour sort of seeps in or something).

But not too much, as tonight's my dad's 63rd birthday, and he's already asked me to free up a lung in order to store all the food incomming.

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My favourite icecream shop now has a delivery service and my home is within service range.

This will be the death of me.

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Kajehase wrote:
The Dutch admiral and pirate Cornelis Corneliszoon Jol (1597 - 1641) was also known as "kapitein Houtebeen" (captain Pegleg).

Spanish captain Blas de Lezo y Olavarrieta (1689-1741) was also known as Patapalo ("Pegleg"), though later he got upgraded to Mediohombre ("Half-Man"): He lost his left leg due to a Dutch cannonball in the Battle of Velez-Malaga; then his left eye from an Austrian bayonet during the Defense of Toulon; and his right arm during the Siege of Barcelona.

Even though completely maimed, he still managed to become one of the most succesful naval tacticians to ever live, capturing dozens of Britsh and Dutch vessels, fighting off -and even invading- the Berber Pirates, securing the South American coastline, and forcing Genoa to pay its debts to Spain.

His biggest accomplishment, however, was the Battle of Cartagena de Indias, where through sheer wits he managed to win against a British invasion force that outnumbered him 9-to-1 (the British commander was so confident he actually had medals already cast commemorating the victory, showing a one-legged, one-armed, one-eyed man kneeling before him, and distributed them to the men).

Although he won, since apparently he wasn't maimed enough, he lost his remaining arm due to the infection caused by the bullet he got during the battle. He died a few weeks later, being burien in a location that, to this day, remains unknown.

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A far too generous serving of pasta that's been haunting me the whole afternoon and might put me to sleep in any moment.

It was very good pasta.

Just had some sushi.

feytharn wrote:
Baked Camembert, coleslaw and spicy skewered pieces of fillet.

Ooh, I like the sound of that.

Lentils with bacon, sausage, and squash.

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Watched Galavant last night. Loved it.

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In 1883, Spanish King Afonso II visited Strassbourg, where he was honoured by the Prussian army. On his way back home, he passed through Paris, where the locals (including government officials) booed at him, insulted him, and even threw him stones, as they were still furious over the losses incurred during the Franco-Prussian War.

News of this treatment reached Spain, where the public became deeply offended, but none as angry as the inhabitants of the tiny village of Líjar, in the south.

Calling for the village council, the mayor proposed declaring unilateral war to France over vexations incurred upon the Crown, which was passed with 100% approval; a formal letter of commencement of hostilities was then sent to Paris, though the French didn't pay much attention to it.

The council's ledger for that day reads that they expected each able-bodied man in Líjar (600) to handle about 10,000 frenchmen.

Though not a single shot was fired, the war officially lasted for a whole century. King Juan Carlos I visited Paris in 1983 and sent notice to the mayor of Líjar that he had been treated with the utmost respect. This pleased the locals, who then signed a formal peace treaty with the French consul and viceconsul, thus ending 100 years of blodless conflict.

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Thanks man. So far the volcanoes have caused no fatalities (a climber who had been lost was found yesterday) and the police managed to evacuate everyone quickly.

A friend who lives nearby told us last night the ashes were already piled up to almost 2 metres (about 6 and a half feet) in some areas, and vulcanologists have said the belching could last for several weeks. The last time that volcano exploded with noticeable strentgh, in the 1860s, it belched smoke and ash for 6 straight months, lowering Earth's temperature by about 1-2 degrees C°.

A couple of hours ago the ash plume started to be seen over here at the capital (about 1,000kms to the north), so we're likely to see ash rain on Sunday. Agentina is getting the worst part of the cloud, though, due to prevailing winds from the west.

The main concern right now is the incomming acid rain in the south and the fact that agriculture in the area will be devastated. Milk prices are skyrocketting (the affected area is our main milk and beef producting region).

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Knowing our luck, this will be a Blacker Plague, released by an earthquake from its million-year slumber underneath Earth's crust. And they will be explosive bacteria, of course.

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2015 so far here in Chile:

Eartquake in the far north
Flash floods in the north-centre
Rouge storms in the centre
Extreme drough in the south-centre
Volcano in the south-centre
Wildfires in the far south

And as of two days ago, add another volcano to the south-centre, with likely chances of the previous volcano pumping action back up and a third, unrelated volcano also blowing up. Massive rainstorms in the centre and severe blizzards in the south expected for late May as well, just in case the volcanoes weren't enough.

Seems the titans were buried over here after all, and someone decided to wake them up.

Stay tuned for asteroid impact, the Black Plague comming back, and the release of a previously unknown Ed Wood drama.

Aye, it's easy to lock yourself into a dysfunctional traffic network early in the game. But then again, dealing with those issues is one of the most entertaining aspects of the game!

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Piracy has reached such massive levels in Somalia that there's a Pirate Exchange in the city of Harardhere. The Exchange has an index calculated from the performance of over 70 "pirate entities" and, although no official data is known, its director Mohammed Hassan Abdi has said it has been "showing continous growth rates".

Both individuals and public or private organizations can purchase shares in the Exchange, which are used to finance piracy operations and then pay based on the profitability of the scurvy venture.

Piracy has become Harardhere's main economic activity; the city has the highest ratio of luxury cars per capita in the country. Though officially against it, it's said the local government charges a special fee over profits earned from the Pirate Exchange, which is used, at least in theory, for funding public infrastructure.

Meeting with a friend for some beef tartare.

Ravioli with pesto. Sauce done last night.

Fillet with french fries

Shrimp and crab ceviche

A very unispired cheeseburger.

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The small town of Peor es Nada ("Better Than Nothing"), in central Chile, got its unusual name from the estate that used to be there. In the late XIX century, Enrique Oettinger used to own a large piece of land in the area, and in his testament he split it among his many children, leaving the smallest one to his youngest daughter. Upon hearing of her inheritance, she exclaimed "Oh well, better than nothing", which subsequently became the name of her estate and the village that grew around it. The locals are officially called Peoresnadiences ("Betterthannothingians").

Further south, the ominously named Salsipuedes ("Leave if You Can") got its name due to the moody Claro river which surrounds it. In the late XVIII century, the town would often spend most of the winter completely cutoff due to how massive the river could get (new bridges had to be built regularly). Problem is, due to a severe lack of foresight, the cemetery was on the other side of the river, so when people died during the periods of isolation the dead had to be buried within the town itself, leading to the usual saying in that locale that, upon entombment, "He didn't get out while alive; he'll never get out now that he's dead". In a similar fashion as the previous case, locals are formally listed as Salsipuedenses ("Leaveifyoucanians").

Not far from the last one, the coastal village of Matanzas ("Killing Sprees"), although peaceful today, was once entirely wiped out by English pirates. When officials showed up to assess the damage, they were confronted with the gruesome scene of a groom and bride with their stomachs sliced open right in front of a church, the priest and guests also dead nearby. The place came to be known just as "La Matanza" ("The Killing Spree"), and with time the town that formed nearby took it.

I've never really enjoyed liquorice in any of its forms, though those twisty red things from the US are mildly tolerable, mostly because I can't find any flavour in them (interesting for chewing idly while playing Civilization).

I have an uncle who always carries a tiny box of salty liquorice candy with him; that thing's nasty. Called salmaki or something like that.

I've heard regular ingest of liquorice is supposed to be good for you, though.

Sweet roast pork with potatoes.

It's been a pig-heavy week.

Poor Man's (ie, side of french fries, fried egg, and fried onion) Porkchops

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