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Season two here. I started up with 2:4, I think, and it was an instant hook. I then saw up to the end of season 4, and went back to season 1, which made me realize there was quite a serious jump in quality from season 1 to 2.

5th element has:

Cool aliens
Great music
A neat villain
An awesome opera performance
Brilliant scenery inspired by Valerian and Laureline
Bruce Willis
Some sexy outfits, particularly the underboob one
Some very neat details like the all-filter cig

It also has, sadly:

A stupid elements puzzle
Ruby Rhod
Nobody interacting with the villain
Bizarre fake language/gobbledigook
Milla Jovovich
Leeloo Dallas multipass
Milla Jovovich

All in all, I consider it more a good movie than a horrible one.

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One would think that lucky7 is a lichified human. This is not true. It is really a lichified goomba.

Windows 9 was just so much better than Windows 10.

I put iocain in Helena's coffee.

Too bad I only got a high-four back.

The next poster is working on finding a SUPER SECRET MESSAGE hidden in the SSI Gold box games.

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Does it apply for previous heads of state as well? What if you insulted someone and they ceased being head of state before it came out that you had done so? What if you intended to insult a head of state but the one in question was on sick leave? Had ceased to be head of state? Or if there was a case of mistaken identity?

Stupid laws will be stupid.

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Madoka is cool, though. Very much so.

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A trouble of Deathtrap Oozes.

A ___________ of GoatTouchers.

Blah blah blah blah.

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Why do you keep talking about Asians when you mean muslims? I am not saying Chinese, Koreans, Japanese and so on are not discriminated against (they are), but you are not talking about anyone other than muslims in your examples. Honestly curious to why you choose "Asians".

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Horror movies are a modern form of tragedy. The hero must face the unknown and their fear thereof. The ending will be at best bittersweet. The concept of catharsis is tightly involved as well. Plus pretty girls, neat FX, one-liners, and so on. I don't really enjoy it myself, but I get it.

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Anius is actually lucky7's phylactery. Don't ask.

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*hands GTG a banana*

Yeah. Though I have to say Sheridan grows on you.

Regarding Talia:
To be perfectly honest, Talia Winters' disappearance was a stroke of genius. She was built up during the entire second season as a great hope, only to be destroyed and removed from the board with no warning. Back during the Lurker's Guide days, JMS described that he loved the sudden departure of the hero in The Shining. It would not surprise me if it was completely intentional.

As I understood it, Claudia Christian was slated for season 5, which is clear from the Marcus subplot. I thought she had an offer of a part in something else?

I throw a bucket of water over BSM.

You need to focus as a cleric to do anything much of consequence, otherwise you end up a buffer and healer. Building a reach cleric means focusing on attacks of opportunity to do your damage. You need a very high dex, and feats to further expand your reach. A good thing is that you get to keep your normal actions in the round for whatever you like, so buffing is easy, optimally you want things that make you bigger and stronger. You also need to optimize your to hit, meaning a high strength, otherwise you will be good for a few levels, then all your attacks won't mean much. You must also get your damage up by some convenient means, whether through equipment, strength, buffs, or feats. All this means you really have little wiggle room when it comes to your other attributes. Wisdom needs to be decent to let you cast your buffs, but the feats involved mean you aren't going to be a good blaster or summoner or the like. Shelyn is a good deity for reach builds, because the favoured weapon is glaive.

AFAICR, Dragonlance had real dark elves at some point in their history, at least going by the gamebook of Raistlin's test of Wizardhood.

But this alternative exists only because someone sat down and thought it up.

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Rage of the Archpeasant!

Well, not quite. Time and time again, democracy has been proven to be more resilient, provide for better quality of life for citizens, reduce wars more than any alternative. Certainly, political science is iffy, but as far as we know, it works WELL, even scientifically. I say again, this has been a matter of drawing stuff up on paper and deliberate thinking. Or, as you would call it: philosophy. The results bear out scientifically.

I saw somewhere that our atmosphere had a seriously higher part oxygen during parts of the dinosaur ages than the 20ish % we have today. Is this true, and was this the reason they got so freaking big?

No money in obductions, I am afraid.

Wills, yeah, I suppose.

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What about democracy? From its roots in Athens, to the idea complex that describes it today, and the concepts it is linked to such as rule of law, transparency, individual rights and freedoms, and so on and so forth, it has been the result of people sitting down and thinking really hard about governance. In particular the American style of it was very directly the result of such a process. Or is that something that doesn't have to do with philosophy?

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wait, what???

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"Because with you, I will always know where I stand."

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Charles Scholz wrote:

"There is a hole in your mind."

"Seven words to make someone love you forever."

"My shoes are too tight, and I've forgotten how to dance."

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Tank & spank: The RPG about tank crews and their intimate relationships.

Why is it called the civil war? It sounds like it was anything but...

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Hmmmm... Cleric specialized in lesser restoration. Of, say, Sarenrae. Healbot.

I help people deal with mental ability score damage. Including drain. Specializing in permanent such damage.

All it has to do is clot some blood right in the coronary arteries. Myocardial infarctions are thrombotic events, unlike what was previously thought.

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Blah. I learned what I need to know about beholders from Dungeons & Dragons: the movie. They are about as smart as a dog, and you can easily distract them by throwing a rock the other way.

Pixie, the Leng Queen wrote:
Except usually Caster DO have advanced warning. Its not that hard... and they CAN interrupt the battlefield. Just cast Black tentacles and have fun...

Are you being serious? The caster should now cast Black tentacles to hold up the opponents so they can then summon something to hold up the opponents, so they can THEN apply more direct firepower??? Not to mention the Black tentacles will screw over their own summoned creatures as well? I understood your suggestion correctly?

Expendability only ever matters as an advantage if they actually help. You really should compare the summoning spell with what other options are available, and remember to apply as many feats etc to the other options before you compare.

It should be obvious that with the SLAs, the disparity of CR gets even more pronounced. You are trading a level X spell for a SLA of level (around) X-3. Again, often even one round later.

Really? If you were an opponent, say a barbarian, and you saw a wizard summon a bunch of critters, what would you do? I would say "take a few AoOs to smash stupid casty before he does more critters". If the wizard can't summon as Std action (remember, the animal beatsticks do not come as Std actions usually), the barbarian can do even better, including interrupting the very long casting time. Note that yes, in a situation where you both have good advance warning and limited mobility (a ridiculously long corridor, perhaps, I am not sure), yes, summoning is very powerful.

In a system where fights last, on average, up to three rounds, that should be negligible. The core problem is that they replace a caster's actions with actions from a significantly weaker creature, often one round later. And the gods help you if you actually summon even weaker creatures, that just makes it ridiculous, a way to clog the battlemat with useless critters.

Also, if you summon eighth level creatures, you get 1d3+1 with Superior summoning and SMIX. You really have to apply the rules correctly to judge whether summoning is powerful. So, IIRC, SMVIII gets you CR 11 critters, meaning you get two (EL 13) to four (EL 15) of them, each creature seven CRs below the PCs. In most guides for designing encounters, that is at or even below the level of "don't bother".

The real strengths of summoning as a strategy are the flexibility it gets you in terms of at casting options and the tactical possibilities it gets you. It is far from a win button.

thejeff wrote:

Plenty of them, depending on what parts you want to disprove. A long period of cooling while greenhouses gas concentrations continue to rise would do so, assuming there weren't other known causes for the cooling, though even then the threat might be over if those other causes could be expected to continue. (Note: A couple of years below a hot outlier year doesn't count.)

The heat continuing to rise despite greenhouse gas concentrations dropping would break the theory, but not the threat.

Evidence of an unknown feedback loop scrubbing CO2 out of the atmosphere faster than expected would end the threat without changing the basic theories.

Probably a ton of other things that I don't have the background to even think of.
All of this is very unlikely. That's because there is a huge body of evidence behind climate change. A lot of good, old, well tested theory and a ton of data showing that theory applies to the current situation.
Of course, on a smaller level, the process goes on in climate change theory all the time. Models are created, predictions made, compared against reality and hypotheses are shot down or revised. But that's in the details, not the big picture.

Let's go with that. A sustained period of cooling (say, thirty years?), while CO2 levels keep rising.

The problem is that the IPCC's mission is to find evidence for AGW. There is not one person there that would have the guts to say "well, maybe we were wrong". They would say "well, there are oscillations within the tectonic plates that have lowered the temperatures for now, but that won't save us for long, and we must make sure to transform our society into a sustainable, CO2 emission-free society". Just like they were saying about el Nino, then next year la Nina, then the NAO, then the gulf stream, then differently heated parts of the ocean, and so on and so forth.

More troubling, if your next scenario happened, rising heat despite falling CO2, the IPCC would most likely block inquiry into what caused the rising heat, calling it evil propaganda of the oil industry.

Popper's requirement of falsification was as I understand it pretty much a response to the sloppy, all-encompassing theories of Freud et al, where no possible criticism or experiment could be considered to throw the theory into invalidity. The importance of falsification, while modern science is problematic in some areas (such as probabilities of events happening), is still huge. I suppose I mean that if no possible test could disprove your theory, it has become too important to you for you to see it soberly. No matter how good or important the theory is for you, humanity, and the world.

What would make the IPCC declare the threat of climate change over/invalid/overstated/not a problem? Yes, this is a political issue, not a scientific one. Really consider it. Is there even a single possible scenario?

Operation Manta ray from Dungeon magazine is a decent one, IIRC.

Sorry. Not with their Wharrrrrgarbl artillery.

Maybe we tell skycat about the Cheezburger they has?

Creatures that can "just" cast Heal on themselves, and be more than competent enough in a melee fight?

Sorry, you need to read up a little something called Action economy. The round you spend casting Heal is a round you don't do any other attacks or the like. At high levels, the amount of healing you get from a Heal spell is quite often less (and by quite some, too) than the damage inflicted on the target during the round. Sure, 150 hp is not nothing, but if 200 hp gets done at the same time, you just delayed things a bit and STILL lost 50 hp.

As for "competent enough", a CR 13 is not going to be "competent enough" compared to a decent CR 18 martial, more or less no matter what you do.

I think there area few main misconceptions about summoning monsters. First off, people miss the actual CRs of the critters. It starts out of limited value and gets worse as the party levels up. Yes, with Augment Summoning and Superior Summoning, you can mitigate this to some degree, but it still doesn't change all that much. Yes, at top level, you can get CR 13s, but if the party is CR 17 minimum, do even two CR 13s change the combat all that much? Not really, in my experience.

Second, the action economy is awful. Spending an entire round casting it for a fight that on average lasts three is huge. Yes, the critter gets to act, but again, they are sharply lower level than you. See, you have to compare it to what other spells you could be casting.

Third, yes, you can do Std action summoning, but if you do, you instead lose a lot of options. Evil has it easy with Summon Evil Monster, but otherwise it is Sacred Summons, and that only lets you summon a very few critters (those with alignment subtypes, so the animals are out) as Std actions. Depending on alignment, you have a few, as in two or three.

Fourth, some critters break the mold, such as the Lantern archon, the Bralani eladrin, and the dire tiger, but most are pretty much useless outside certain abilities like the earth glide for earth elementals

Properly used, I really don't see a problem. Most of the time as a summoning focused cleric at least, the SM spells sat unused because they were not up to the task.

Precisely. I should have been clearer.

The other lasers are now dead, having been shot.

What if we sent Stuffy Grammarian at them, to show them how wrong their grammers are?

I just copyrighted the phrase "pirate consortium".

The next poster feels I am doing humanity an injustice by this.

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A golf bag of holy avengers.

A ______ of frost brands.

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Gaberlunzie wrote:

Just wanted to point out, this depends a lot. I'm on methylphenidate (which is the default treatment here), and the list of side effects that are dangerous was quite long, and some where quite common. Potential side effects include psychosis, high blood pressure, irregular heart beat or even heart attacks, suicide attempts, liver failure and coma, difficulties to breathe, myocardial infraction, sudden death (yes, that's what it says as a side effect lol), and epileptic attacks.

Most of these are fairly rare (in the <1% or even <.01% category each) but with such a long slew of side effects, the amount of people who suffer from at least one of them is probably quite high. Before I was allowed to start on it they had to do stuff like take EKG's and similar.

Yes. Concerta has side effects. All medications do. But a few facts:

* The side effects lists in FASS are the result of people sending in suspected side effects, including all the pharmacological companies. The companies want to be sure they get everything reported so they won't get sued, meaning EVERY SINGLE DRUG has nausea, headache and vertigo. After all, someone using the drug could have gotten their headache from it. Given enough time, most side effects will end up on all the lists. It is a better idea to use Läkemedelsverket's summaries about various drugs, where the relevant, including common and dangerous ones are listed.

* The frequencies of side effects are total, not broken down by any sort of groups. This means that if only cardially ill people get heart attacks when using the drug, the only result will still be that everyone using it has a certain percentage according to the lists.

* Most of the side effects you bring up are things you can check to make sure there is no problem.

* Sudden cardial death is a pretty odd side effect. All it means is that someone died from sudden heart failure while using the drug. Good luck in trying to determine the correlation there with a dead person to ask about symptoms.

* It looks scary if you see that some very dangerous side effects have 1/1000 or 1/10000 of happening. On the other hand, I would suggest that you check the side effects lists of drugs considered not dangerous enough to require prescription: Paracetamol, Ibuprofen and Acetyl salicylate. Just to give a few hints: trombocytopenia, leukopenia, liver damage and acute necrosis, affected kidney function, myocardial infarction, heart failure, meningitis, tinnitus, intestinal perforation, vomiting blood, pancreatitis, various serious kidney conditions, severe skin conditions including Stevens-Johnsons syndrome (a particularly charming condition where the skin loses its connection to the body), severe allergic reactions including anaphylactic reactions, depression, confusion, hallucinations, severe intestinal bleeding...

All in all, yes, there are things you need to check to use it safely. But it is not something I would call dangerous. At least not compared to stuff people gladly buy over the counter and guzzle down.

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