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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sometimes, I wonder about the spectrum of possible dinosaurs... It seems to me that with few fossils found, it is understandable that a single bone gets you a new species... but they all seem to look pretty much the same (excepting the armored dinos). Am I right in suspecting that quite often, drawings of a new dino are merely that way because it's what the complete fossils looked like? I mean, in hundreds of millions of years, there should have been more diversity, right?
The arrow sludge is a unique creature. It was originally a dwarf, who felt that the point of existence was to be able to survive anything. He toughened himself up by any means he could find, including grueling training, long sessions of taking hits, the best armor that could be found anywhere, and so on. Eventually, this took a darker turn, and he went through the darkest of rituals to further improve his survivability. One day, he ran out through the gates of the dwarven city he inhabited to fight an entire human army himself. They didn't believe it at first, but the gates closed behind him. So the army, with good time to prepare, sent volley after volley at the dwarf. He laughed, until the arrows stapled him to the ground. After that, he stood and took a storm of arrows for more than one entire hour. By that point, his entire body mass had been replaced by arrows and blood slush - and yet the deals he cut with dark powers would not let him die. So he lived on as an abomination of wood, metal and blood.
The arrow sludge is a lethal opponent, able to resist almost anything, and firing a never-ending volley of arrows at its enemies.
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Tequila Sunrise wrote:
I KNEW I shouldn't have played asian Psylocke...
Rosita, you seem to have focused rather heavily on the London rain. Just be aware that a warm shirt, a raincoat and a good pair of boots is all you need. Contrary to popular belief, London is inhabited, even almost civilized. What you need once there is a subway card. You may also want to book tickets for a musical or such. They will be booked out when you get there.
I am a fan of the classics: Suddenly, someone kicks in the door with a drawn gun!
Also, remember that ANYTHING that has the teensiest bit to do with the plot is fine. Your goal is 50K words in a month - not 50K EDITED words in a month. Blathering about the setting, the characters or the plot is just fine.
And does this come as a surprise? Really? Honestly?
Western politics have been dominated by two idiot conflicts for as long as there has been a West. One has been whether people should pay more in taxes and get more benefits for it, or pay less taxes and get less benefits for it. The other is what you're allowed to say about whom and who decides that. Every possible political force in the West has dedicated all its time to these two issues. The foundations of Western civilization have been safely ignored: A free press, rule of law, freedom of speech, freedom of information, right of ownership, freedom of religion, protected communications, freedom of thought, democracy, accountability, and so on.
Twitter was more interesting than defending freedom of speech. After all, those people were RACIST! Getting or not getting a slight tax increase was more important than standing up for not having the government spy on all our communications. After all, the people communicating might be TERRORISTS!
The West has been doing this for decades. Principles have been sacrificed to expediency at a frightening rate. Nobody even seems to have considered if these things were there for a reason. International treaties have been seen as ways to get profits for various companies. The rabid copyright dogs being the best example with their ACTA treaty - what is private communications worth when copyright holders may lose money if those communications are not recorded? Who cares about millions of people not getting medicine when patent money is on the line?
With each of those decisions, the West acted a little more like an authoritarian state. The cards of the house of cards were tossed down, not accidentally, but knowingly. While we did not have an authoritarian state yet, people started thinking that way. And lo and behold, who did they vote for?
The seeds were planted ages ago. And now we will all know why those protections and foundations of democracy were important while we had them. Maybe the world will crawl out of the hole we're in now. Perhaps that time, the most important issue will not be if someone uses a terrible word, whether the person saying something is male or female, whether someone screams TERRORIST!, or whether Kim Kardashian has a new haircut.
Sorry for ranting.
I am pretty shocked myself. I don't think I have much comfort to give. What I want is just to tell you that there are many ways to get through s+*+ty and dangerous times. You need to remember who you are, what matters to you, and to never, ever give up. You are worth something, no matter what anyone else says. The people who matter to you are worth it all, Soetimes, all you can do is survive. Do it. Things will not be that way forever.
Well, how about a history lesson? The Smoot-Hawley act was passed to protect american jobs by adding tariffs to imports. It got many producton jobs back.
However, the countries that exported to the US answered by doing the same thing. This murdered the american export sector, which cost far more jobs.
And now, this is the best that Trump can suggest? Yeah, there will be doom and gloom.