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Yeah, it's called "functional illiteracy" and quite a few college grads these days suffer from it. I could link to all of the articles, studies, etc, about the language skills of our current crop of text/Tweet/emojii kids as they come out of college, but I might get carpal tunnel. Sorry.
Damn, remind me to not forget the "functionally" part next time.
Quark Blast wrote:
I love people that completely miss Heinlein's point. ;-)
Germany is also very selective about who they admit into a regular university type setting. They don't let just anybody get free college. If you don't have the academic chops you don't get to go. Period. No remedial classes for illiterates in German universities. That seems to be an American thing exclusively.
I think you were in on the original play test. The idea pretty much started when we realized the Beta test was just for show, and the "we can fix it at the table" camp won.
There are truly poor people in America, no doubt, but there are a lot of "poor" people in America as well, with late model cars and Dish Network devices on their roofs.
It's relative. Poor people way back when had just about nothing, and it is still like that in a lot of places in the world, but Western nations, for the most part, have mitigated quite a bit of the worst parts of being poor. Most economically stagnant people in the West at least have some access to medical care, homes, and some form of transportation, and also have access to free education (which helps the people who have the mental toughness to overcome their disadvantage and break out of poverty), and a host of services to make sure they don't die of starvation.
Now, we do need to up our game when it comes to the mentally unfit and disabled (a good portion of the homeless here), as we are dropping that ball regularly, but, for the most part, in the West, the poor are much better off than at any time in history prior.
They all learned to be discreet after the Spitzer/call girl thing.
When what you write basically becomes true, everyone is too medicated to care. ;-)
Do not forget that Tyson just admitted he got the math wrong and it was 90 degrees that the balls had to be inflated in for that to happen. Couple that with the revelation that it was probably less than 2psi, and, well…
Orfamay Quest wrote:
Or, if you actually watch Pats games, if you fumble they pull you out of the game and might not start you the next week. They also have one of the best scouting departments in football, and rarely make draft mistakes.
I can't stand the Pats (grew up a Jets fan), but they do a lot of things right that have nothing to do with ball PSI.
Pretty much. If it doesn't move millions of units, it's not worth Hasbro's attention.
Yep, the way any 3.5 game levels, you go from 19 year old "wet behind the ears" pogue to 19 year old "Master of the Universe" in about six months.
Quark Blast wrote:
So, everyone should just give up. We have enough, too few people and too little money for anyone else to jump in.
Whatever. If TTRPG wants to survive, they need to make product that appeals to the short attention span generation. So far they haven't. Enjoy the fact that people are willing to continue to write stuff for a fading hobby. It's had a good run, but, like many things, its time of glory is in the past.
The industry can be best described as "cottage". It will eventually all be kickstarter type stuff for a dedicated core of people holding on to their favorite hobby. It is never going to be as big as it was in the Eighties, sorry.
Carroll was a cheater in college, and Seattle leads the league in PED suspensions since he's been there. We might as well call this year's edition the Cheater Bowl.
If it were contained to the Pac NW, it wouldn't be an issue. It's when a few thousand people who could't find Seattle on a map, have never left Texas, and claim "life long" fandom when they were wearing a Brees jersey three years ago that the "haters" go buck wild. I guess never having been "good" before that has insulated y'all from the bandwagon "fans" people who live in other places are laughing at right now.
We are actually happy that life long fans finally have something to cheer for, believe it or not.
Also, considering how many Seahawk players have been caught sharing the same Adderal scrip, I'd hold of on the "cheating" talk. Seattle leads the league in PED/substance suspensions since Carroll took over. And Sherman was only able to win his appeal because of a leaky sample cup. ;-)
My wife is an Aggie, she concurs.
The Texans are fine. We're a QB, DB (Joseph isn't worth the high salary he's up for with his time in), and a run stopping MLB (Cush, I'm afraid, after two surgeries and a PED suspension - no more juicing - isn't the answer any more). We have a patient owner, Crennell where he's proven he belongs and thrives, A HC that did well using four different QBs in situations that mattered (and not just garbage time) because of injuries, and went 9-7 after a ridiculous 2-14 with a journeyman hipster with a noodle arm and too much brain, not enough instinct, much of the season. We were a play or two from the playoffs, to be frank, as well. A dropped pass here and a spectacular play by the other guy there go the other way, we had 11-5 in reach.
But, we're Houston. We'll get optimistic, get our heart's broken, then move on to the Rockets for more abuse. We're used to it.
Also, you can always at least keep it Gulf Coast and jump over to 'Nawlins. Ok, they suck too, but team shopping isn't where it's at. ;-)
captain yesterday wrote:
You guys do realize I said "outside of Washington State and northern Oregon" (i.e., the place Seattle fans should come from). Locals following a team when they get good isn't really bandwagoning, it's a team finally putting a product on the field worth watching.
It's the "Seattle" fans born and raised in Texas, and still live in Texas, and have never left Texas, for instance, that my disdain is directed toward.
Y'all are supposed to support your team! ;-)
Jason Nelson wrote:
I was talking football, but I agree. But they did have something Seattle doesn't: arguably the best player to ever play the game, so it was a little less annoying.
The funniest thing is, DeBartolo wasn't nearly as criminal as the Owner of Pilot and the Browns, Haslem, yet Haslem still gets to keep his team.
I was always kind of a Knox fan, thought he was a classy coach, so I followed the Seahawks a little in the '80s. My traditional team growing up was the Jets (and I'll go back if Johnson ever sells the team), but now it's pretty much just the Texans. Astros and Rockets in their sports, U of Texas for college (didn't graduate, but went there for a couple of years), and the Penguins, as I loved, loved, LOVED watching Mario Lemieux back in the day. If it weren't for his illness, he'd go down as the GOAT, I'm sure.
Don't worry, we Texas and East Coast fans are just as tired of all of the Seattle fans that didn't exist until a couple of years ago. The ones that couldn't pick David Krieg, Curt Warner, or Steve Largent out of a line-up, claim to be "life long" fans, and are old enough to know them. And probably have never been to Seattle in their life.
Hey, we were Cleveland playing eight more minutes of football away from the playoffs after going through all three roster QBs and a reject from last year. After a 2-14 season, we'll take that all day long!
One thing you'll learn about living in Houston is that we have low expectations for our teams and just enjoy that they're here. ;-)
There was this guy called "Irontruth" that has been posting here for a while, on threads that repeat themselves continually, and knows how the TL;DR thing works. What did you do with him, and what's the ransom so we can get him back?
The internet supports this theory. ;-)
Inflate a ball to 14.5 PSI (the minimum) in a room at 72 degrees, have them inspected inside, then take them outside into freezing weather. Let ideal gas law do its thing. "Cheating" without cheating. Voila.
Gruumash . wrote:
Seeing as he put up sick numbers with the Jets and Minnesota, I'm not so sure about that.
I don't count anyone from the pre-merge. I pretty much stick to the SB era, and, by the time Unitas made it to a SB, he was the back up. Too few teams, barely any black athletes for much of the pre-merge era, etc. Plus, that dude that went from the Rams to the Eagles, Van Brocklin, was a better QB, frankly. He just played for the Eagles most of his career, unfortunately.
As to Marino, he's an honorable mention, but his lack of playoff success after his second season, in a relatively weak AFC back then, doesn't excite me. Elway actually made it a few times without much of a team around him before Davis showed up and took him to the Promised Land, so I put him ahead of Marino.
Favre broke all of Marino's records playing mostly in really, really cold games after November, and never really had a wide receiver pair as good as Duper and Clayton. Plus, he had those scrubs Bennett and Green, who was just as unimpressive as Sammy Winder (Denver) and whatever flavor of the day Marino had behind him (he only had one RB go for 1,000 yards in his career).
Funny how that happens when your team sucks. ;-)
Jason Nelson wrote:
Let's see, four INTs from Wilson. I'd say the only reason you won is because McCarthy was too much of a wimp to go for it, twice, on fourth and goal from the one, and some idiot mishandled an on-side kick. Basically, Seattle just waited for Green Bay to implode and make their multitude of mistakes irrelevant. Green Bay kicked Seattle all over the field for 57 minutes, then got lazy. Seattle's "speed, strength, and precision" were not a factor.
Gruumash . wrote:
Sorry, but I'm not taking "I'm not biased at all" from a resident of the Boston 'burbs. ;-)
Considering the number of options in Pathfinder, and the insane number of options if the DM allows 3.5 and 3PP material, it would due madness NOT to plan your character to at least some degree. Just looking through all of the books would take a ton of time every time you leveled if you didn't have some idea what you wanted your character to look like.
GM Niles wrote:
John Elway was Jim Kelley until Terrell Davis pretty much single handedly carried the team on his back. And the Super Bowl against the Falcons was helped considerably by Eugene Robinson's inability to keep it in his pants, and the subsequent constant wave of press distraction that tore the Atlanta squad up before the game.
GM Niles wrote:
There will always be dispute. Many think Montana would have won another one or two with the Niners had he not been unceremoniously shoved out the door and forced to play for "I can't win a game in the playoffs even when my team makes a clinching INT" Shottenheimer.
Also, there will always be "the Tuck Rule" play that would have stopped this dynasty before it even got started, the aforementioned fumbled INT by the Chargers would have knocked the Pats out of that Super Bowl winning year, "Spygate", and a few other things the Pats have been caught doing. Plus, losing to Eli, twice, puts a little damper in the GOAT debate.
Montana just beat all comers for a long time, no rules interpretations or mistakes by the opposition that could have sealed the game to help.
Now, I personally think Brady is Top Five all time (with Bradshaw, Favre, P. Manning, and Montana), just edging out Marino.
Sorry, had to edit "Niners". I originally put "Saints" because of your post. ;-)
They'll get a fine and lose some draft picks.
Underinflated balls didn't cause Indy to not show up, after all.
Heroes are kind of irrelevant to the survival of the Realms. Playing an FR campaign takes a bit of a MERP attitude, I think. Players, generally speaking, will stamp out the smaller fires while the cadre of Mary Sues wipe up the big stuff.
I love FR, mostly for the lore and whatnot, but I generally only run a game there if I am with players as into the setting as I am, and who kinda get that their story might not be THE story of the setting.
I have my homebrew with only a few ex-characters in NPC roles (and they're generally absorbed in their own stuff, running kingdoms and thieves' guilds and the like) for the players who want to really drive the setting and become the Biggest Heroes Ever[™].
You can do that with FR, and I've had fun in those games, but I guess I'm too much of a fan of the place to want to mess it up too much when I am running stuff in it.
Vic Wertz wrote:
Right on :-)
Well, I guess we know how many quarters they'll be beating Pathfinder in anything other than English.
Yep. Well, I think we could do with less creepers and the like, but then, my tolerance only extends so far.
Dude, I bake like a champ. But I was referencing Lilith's specialty.