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All you need is a million storage containers. And a few mangoes.

Waterhammer wrote:
Never put spats on gaiters, it's redundant.

But sexy.

I could also be one of the guys sitting in the bar, telling everyone who talks to me that "Times are tough."

They don't sound like that anymore.

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Lutefisk... a true swedish specialty. Served with diced eggs, white sauce, boiled potatoes and black pepper. Not (as I have heard) deep fried onna stick.

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Celestial Healer wrote:
Now, enough procrastinating. These vows aren't going to finish writing themselves....

Remember to make house rules clear beforehand, so you don't end up with discussions of RAI vs RAW.

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They wanted to take a bit of blood from me for a spell component. It took them six hours of intense work with a highly enchanted greatsword to get it. #lvl20 problems

Target shooting isn't much fun when you need the targets to be over six miles away to provide a challenge. #lvl20problems

I glued up all my Ioun stones in a big ball, otherwise I can't see a bloody thing. #lvl20problems

After the last load of treasure I dumped into my demiplane, it was all sucked together and formed a Sphere of Annihilation. Our wizard said the gold "collapsed" because there was too much of it. #lvl20problems


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lynora wrote:

It has been four days without the cats knocking over the Christmas tree! We're not quite sure what to do with ourselves now.

Today it had something to do with my having a terrible day-long migraine and one of the kitties decided she was going to nurse me back to health by laying on my lap and refusing to let me get up. As soon as the migraine let up a little she got up like, okay, human, you're better now. It was very sweet.

Mine usually curl up on my tummy when I have a fever. When the fever is over, they leave. Most likely, I start moving too much and stop being so warm.

Should be four books. 28 was the last of the originals. 32 would have been the final.

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*hugs Rysky*

I should say that they probably will not be written. I don't have any information about it.

Same here. His books were my absolute first introduction to gaming. A true before/after moment. I had the opportunity to meet him at a con this year, which feels good now. A sad part is that the reissued LW books are now no longer going to be finished by number 29 to 32, which were never published in the original run.

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Exactly. They never made that one. Just like they never made any sequels to Matrix. I mean, if they did do a Matrix sequel, it would NEVER have matched up to the first one.

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V for Vendetta is a comic book. There was never a movie made from it. Luckily. It could never match the genius comic.

zylphryx wrote:
Sissyl wrote:
The Mummy 2 makes its prequel look like a deep, intellectual masterpiece.
Mummy 3 makes both of the previous movies seem Oscar worthy ...

Am I a bad person because I suspected as much and never went to see the third one?

Outcasts are not, generally, very accepting of other outcasts, though. The worse you have it, the fewer who are willing to give you the time of day, the more insular you become. Witness all the inter-gamer conflicts. Minis, rpgs, computer games, card games, etcetcetc, and all the s~!@ these groups say about one another. See the conflicts within gaming clubs, the paltry power games, the blacklisting of certain people, there is a reason for it all.

But of course, you can't play PnP by yourself. I would guess that is the reason gamers are as accepting as they are.

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The Mummy 2 makes its prequel look like a deep, intellectual masterpiece.

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Paranoia is scary. Imagine feeling constantly threatened, but never seeing a reason why. It is not a sensation you can handle, calm down or ignore. It is an instinct down a billion years of life on Earth. Those who ignored it died. And so, eventually, you end up at "either I am insane and can't trust myself, or there is a weird reason I feel threatened". Again, human psychology does not allow for that first possibility. Your actions are generally reasonable, "healthy" reactions to your perceived world. The good news is, it is usually treatable - if it is treated quickly.

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If a MageHunter is denied glory, have we been doing our job right?

Being a grognard is, to me, about having seen the RPG field change over time, from its humble beginnings, through various paradigms, and having played a rather large number of games and a very large number of sessions. What it gives you is an understanding of the process and why the rules are as they are, and the common problems that show up.

Being conceited and ignoring what people say because they are not grognards is entirely optional, and a bad idea. Bright people should always be welcome, and they can be taught if you try. Not to mention, if it were just us grognards, we'd stagnate the hobby pretty massively.

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Pretty soon, you will find that having a birthday is not as much fun as it was... but one basic reasoning remains: It is always best to have a birthday, at least better than not having one.

Happy birthday, Rysky.

It does sound like he should have a talk with a doctor, yes.

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Yes... Should a paladin fall if someone animates dead and closes their eyes while invisible?

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It's over there, right next to the diamond dust shaker. #lvl20problems

Vidmaster7 wrote:
Sissyl wrote:
This may be controversial... but any Disney movie qualifies.

oh Sissyl you just like being controversial ;D.

However you are not wrong except for maybe 4-5 of them. (hunchback comes to mind as a thinking movie or maybe just kind of a sad movie especially if you know the story its based from.)

I don't really know if a story that at its heart tries to sell the message that "Oh hay this judge guy could be the monster even if he's not as uglies as the guy inna tower" qualifies as "a thinking movie". Then again, I suppose I am unfair. An animated movie is not merely about the story. I maintain that they are all great for watching brain-dead.

He could join the Space Paralympics.

All right.

Death Masks, by Ed Greenwood, is sadly not a very good book. The characterizations are flat, the writing formulaic, the action entirely predictable, and (perhaps worst) it is about three times as long as it needs to be. Given that I have read a number of novels by Ed before, none of this comes as a big surprise. His strength lies in world building, and that is typically decent. The most cosmopolitan city of the Forgotten Realms has changed since last I read about it, it is now a darker, more conflict-strewn place, which follows nicely. However... while the story is complete, the reasons for the story are not, and there is no description of the new status quo, a bad thing in a book tied to a RPG setting. Several threads, major and minor, are simply dropped and never revisited. The most egregious nail in the coffin is a character that was obviously conceived as female - but then changed in all but one place into male - with a romantic character arc. Is this guy disguised? We never learn. It looks weird and sloppy.

That is not to say it is entirely without its points. Ed gives a good rundown of how to make a setting seem alive through rumours and local events, and the weight of such things, and at times this shines through. Laeral, arguably the main character, is pretty fleshed out, and had good scenes.

I can't recommend this book, and while it is not absolute drek, I would give it a solid **. It should come as no surprise, perhaps. Ed's publishing is not like every other author's, IIRC. If he writes one book a year, Hasbro has to publish it, or lose the rights to the Forgotten Realms. Let's say it shows in his writing. He is able do much better than this.

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This may be controversial... but any Disney movie qualifies.

No country for anyone

WormysQueue wrote:
thejeff wrote:
If you're one of them and of a certain mindset, it's a badge of honor, distinguished them from the whippersnappers of today.

Guess it's exactly this definition which directly leads to the term being used by others in a pejorative way.

Because it's actually quite arrogant to think that just being old makes you deserving of an badge of honor. And it's this arrogance which gets reflected also on those who didn't mean to be when describing themselves as a grognard.

Says someone who has just yesterday used the term "whippersnappers".

And just for the record, according to the definition given by the OP, I'm probably a bit to late to be a D&D grognard. I played AD&D but not when it first came out.

Exactly. You are not a grognard yet. If you were one, you would understand. Now get off my lawn!

So I am just making assumptions about what you're saying? Let's take a look:

Crusinos wrote:

While language does change your brain, there's a practical limit on how fast your brain can change before it kills you. This is likely why Matrix-style skill learning will remain purely in the realm of science fiction for most people.

Changing your brain to be able to see the future would be well beyond the lethal upper limit, just due to how much of the brain's structure would have to be altered. The span of the movie is nowhere near the hundreds of years this would require.

If your brain changes fast enough, you die. Lethal upper limit to speed of change. This is a recurring statement you make, and the one I have been trying to ask you to show support for with no success. Worse, you then claim that actually changing the brain's structure to allow for this (How? We don't know.) would take "hundreds of years". Given that you haven't given us any point of reference for the "lethal upper limit", is there anything that says it won't take millennia? Millions of years? Can we even talk about changing a specific brain over millions of years, given that it wouldn't exist for most of that time? Again, no answer, but you do give odd time references that don't pan out. Where do these time references come from? Even better, then you start talking about how long it would take to evolve the brain to do this, and you actually provide time estimates for this too. To my knowledge, science as a whole has no clue how long it would take to evolve any sort of trait. You also claim that "your scientist friend says" that a few milliseconds could be attempted - but they wouldn't want to risk the life of someone by surpassing the dodgy concept of the "lethal upper limit"...

No. No more. I have no desire to waste more of my time reading studies you didn't even read yourself, or if you did, you did not understand what conclusions they drew from their work. It is a good thing to take a discussion seriously, but that requires that the discussion is worth taking seriously in the first place.

I see that we're done here. Sensory overload is and remains a fringe psychology theory without evidence or relevance. The wikipedia page, unsurprisingly, again doesn't say what you claim, at least if you mean it is saying one whit about hard limits for neurons processing information. Linking articles is pretty useless if they do not support your argument. I refuse to play this game anymore.

Rrrright. Again, the study you link to says not what you claim. Stress in a cell biological perspective is not in any way connected to stress in a psychological perspective. That losing the mitochondria in neurons is bad is obvious. That it happens when the cell is subjected to stress is equally obvious. When else would it happen? Further, QE (and here I admit to leaving areas I know well) is very much not as it is described in SF, simply because yes, if one particle changes the other will as well, but both also change state randomly, which means you can't actually use it. Either way, it is very much fiction to draw any sort of conclusion from using QE with neurons.

Any further studies, or are we done, Crusinos?

Crusinos: The study you linked to does not say what you claim. If you read their conclusions section, it is rather obvious that you misread it. Further, tDCS is by no means a method to "download knowledge". And finally, you have no support for your recurring statement that you would be killed if you got too much information too fast.

I repeat: Do you have any sort of scientific support for your claims?

It is not going to be a good thing to have a narcissist as president. See, he is going to have to do some pretty hard negotiations. He is a big fish, but the pond is now the biggest one of all. Having a bout of narcissistic rage in such a negotiation is going to cost Trump a lot, Every single time. The man is fighting to keep in control even now. Before, he was the biggest fish around, and anyone he talked to could be fired... Let us all hope he learns control... quickly.

Chiral molecules often do not share melting point, for example.

Crusinos, references would be EXTREMELY interesting. I imagine I would have known of studies like that. Looking forward to learning more.

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Not much. The question is somewhat misapplied and thus difficult to answer properly.

The CRISPR-Cas process is a way to cut and paste the genome of a cell. Thus, replacing your entire DNA in a cell is a different process. Further, your DNA doesn't change much in your life. The exception is the telomeres, a bookend of the DNA, if you will. A repeat region that gets shorter with each cell division. Copy those into the DNA of a cell and you get a cell that can divide more times...

... But you are already a living being. Your structure is there, and will not radically change because the DNA of certain cells changes. Your skin will not tighten up. Your muscles will not build more easily. Your eyes will not see better. And so on. All the things we call aging depend on structural changes over time.

Further, you are overlooking one massive problem: Replacing the DNA of each cell in your body is a problem which science has not a clue even how to get started with. We are not blobs of protoplasm where you can just inject it, but consist of billions of cells, each with a cell nucleus where the DNA is located. Further, your immune system is trained on your current structure, and a new DNA might well cause some pretty harsh immune reactions. Look up "host versus graft reaction" for more information on just how badly that could go.

These are by no means all the bad things and difficulties involved.

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Trump is a narcissist, in my view. Psychopaths are not the same thing. Psychopathy is a subset of antisocial personality disorder. Both disorders classify within cluster B, along with histrionic and borderline, and the central issue for the group is poor empathy. However, narcissists have a self-image that is utterly miserable, which leads to overcompensation through status symbols, and rage when even slightly criticized. Psychopaths are smiling, power hungry, controlled, and very good at reading others. They fit better with the NE alignment.

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We all need to remember that she chose the situation after the results were known. I don't feel all that sorry for her.

Buildings today are planned for about a century of use. It is going to take a long while to do this to a significant degree.

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Most referenda are held as advisory, meaning they have no legal weight. I imagine this is one such. The price to pay for ignoring it remains, of course, which Theresa May will find unless she follows through. All in all, she needs to decide if staying in the EU is worth her future career.

Milk is not a good thing for being snowed in. You still want it, use dry milk. Bread is equally useless, use hard bread instead.

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I must say I am pleased to hear about this, and curious about how and if it works. If we're talking predictions, let's just say the likely result is that NASA tries this in space and draws the conclusion that it doesn't work. The laws of motion are robust things.

But... what if it works? What if we are actually seeing a tiny aberration that becomes the first documented instance of new physical principles we can use? It is, after all, how every major breakthrough has come to us. Something doesn't quite add up, someone smart says "Hmmm, that's funny."

If we can get this thing working, just the increased understanding it could bring us is amazing. Even if it means scrapping our old understanding and rewriting the science books.

I doubt it. Article 50 is not going to happen on its own. There are procedures to follow, written in the Lisbon treaty. It will happen as written or not at all.

Look, this is not a treaty anyone wants to break. If Britain decided today to not act with the EU at all, there would be nothing anyone could do to force them. Sovereign nations and all that. That option is always available - but it is precisely what the UK doesn't want. No access to the common market is a massive loss for them. It's why things are not happening right now. It is even less in the interest of the rest of the EU to break the treaty, simply because as it stands, that treaty is the only thing holding the EU together. When the winds blow, as they are now, that is when treaties and the words thereof become important.

I would say that claiming there is an overrepresentation of mental health issues among gamers is a statement that I would like to see qualified before I accept. What is known scientifically about the demographic is, as I understand it, that gamers have a slightly lower rate of violent crime than others (brought on by investigation of the satanic panic claims), and not much else.

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*hugs Rysky back*

...but honestly, I think the one who most would need a hug was the poor guy who said it. By a very shapely man.

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One of the saddest things anyone ever said so I heard it was "It's immoral to commit homosexual acts! We must all stand firm and not give in to that temptation!"

I kid you not. :(

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If I were a role play character...

... I would have a very reusable catchphrase. Much like "I sense a soul in search of answers", and then hammer EVERYONE with it EVERY time, rejoicing in my invulnerable status as a friendly NPC protecting me from violence.

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