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by Dan Frank
Sun Jan 11, 2009 6:08 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Should I get into Orson Scott Card?
Replies: 110
Views: 15887

Re: Should I get into Orson Scott Card?

On the topic of Zdorab, I just wanted to say very briefly... At no point does Card imply that Zdorab has finally come around to the straight man's way of thinking, or that he's decided to just suppress his urges and have sex with a woman. He marries a woman to hide his sexual identity, true, and he ...
by Dan Frank
Tue Jan 15, 2008 10:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Twins Separated, Then Married
Replies: 34
Views: 3819

Re: Twins Separated, Then Married

Hey, it worked for the Lannisters...
by Dan Frank
Tue Dec 11, 2007 11:44 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2812765

Re: Confessional Thread

Confession: I cried like a little girl over the Massacre Arc of Higurashi no Na ku Koro ni Kai . Confession 2: It's hard to suffer from Ephebophilia when you're 18. ><;;; - Why did you become a teacher? - BECAUSE I LIKE HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS!... *Awkward silence* Going by the fact that you just mention...
by Dan Frank
Mon Dec 10, 2007 11:52 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: D&D security nerd rant
Replies: 78
Views: 7631

Re: D&D security nerd rant

I totally agree with the OP. Also, I love the 'every button = death' trap. Awesome! I like the idea of actually treating traps and puzzles in the context of *why* they were created. I don't, however, like the idea of instantaneously killing your PCs for messing up a single puzzle/trap/check. It's m...
by Dan Frank
Thu Dec 06, 2007 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: D&D security nerd rant
Replies: 78
Views: 7631

Re: D&D security nerd rant

I totally agree with the OP. Also, I love the 'every button = death' trap. Awesome! Hhere's one thought though. In the real world, failure to bypass security systems doesn't routinely result in death. If you forget your code to enter an office building, maybe you're late for work. Or, you call the h...
by Dan Frank
Thu Dec 06, 2007 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Defense of the Ancients is win.
Replies: 211
Views: 23418

Re: DotA is win.

I prefer ToB.
by Dan Frank
Wed Nov 28, 2007 11:31 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles
Replies: 19
Views: 1859

Re: Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles

With RE4 they were able to trade out a handful of diehard cult fans for approximately ten billion times as many gamers who pick their games based on, you know, gameplay and stuff. I think it was the most successful installment in the series, ever. They're not going to make it non-canon just because ...
by Dan Frank
Sun Nov 18, 2007 7:42 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Oblivion
Replies: 443
Views: 60445

Re: Oblivion

I really enjoyed Oblivion, overall. I hated the leveling system, for sure. If Fallout 3 has that, I'll cry. A previous poster said swords > magic... and another, that swords > bows. While this might be true at its most basic, the game can totally be played with any of them. The problem I have is tha...
by Dan Frank
Thu Nov 15, 2007 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Chrono Trigger
Replies: 273
Views: 28431

Re: Chrono Trigger

600AD is by far the most interesting time period to be in, by the way. It was always rad back in '95 to fight an army of demon guys led by a guy named Ozzy. And Slash and Flea! That was the height of hilarity. You can definitely count me in the Frog fans. Robo too. Also: That's like saying: "I...
by Dan Frank
Thu Nov 15, 2007 12:03 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Erotica vs. Porn?
Replies: 82
Views: 11178

Re: Erotica vs. Porn?

halkun wrote:Girls read erotica.
Guys watch porn.

That's how I see it.


I really hate that this is treated as an acceptable viewpoint.

No definitions offered, just vague gender stereotyping. It's also wrong in so many ways, I don't know where to begin.
by Dan Frank
Sun Nov 04, 2007 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Were we better off in a state of nature?
Replies: 137
Views: 14157

Re: Were we better off in a state of nature?

No.


For more details, see gmalivuk's post. He summed up the "why" very nicely.
by Dan Frank
Sat Nov 03, 2007 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: taking teenagers seriously
Replies: 236
Views: 15266

Re: taking teenagers seriously

IMO the "because I said so" method is extremely useful and important in time-constrained situations and when the person is acting irrationally . As soon as a voice is raised, it's time to pull out the authority and ensure obedience, whether your opponent is 4 years old and crying, 16 year...
by Dan Frank
Fri Nov 02, 2007 11:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: taking teenagers seriously
Replies: 236
Views: 15266

Re: taking teenagers seriously

With respect to the "because I told you so" argument, this is an excellent way to make younger kids behave, and should be used far more frequently than the tortuous explanations with which I see parents indulging their kids every time their authority is challenged. The key here is "y...
by Dan Frank
Fri Nov 02, 2007 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: taking teenagers seriously
Replies: 236
Views: 15266

Re: taking teenagers seriously

If their 'wisdom' isn't based on logic, it's based on... what? Anecdotes? I don't accept those as valid from strangers. I didn't accept those as valid from my parents. And I don't expect my kids to accept those as valid from me. Why wouldn't they want to express their reasons? What if they're wrong...
by Dan Frank
Fri Nov 02, 2007 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: taking teenagers seriously
Replies: 236
Views: 15266

Re: taking teenagers seriously

There is no contradiction between this and my agreement with Insig. People who act up, whether they are children or adults, deserve to be called on it. The corollary is that people who display good manners, interest in others, general common sense, and are prepared to engage in the world around the...
by Dan Frank
Fri Nov 02, 2007 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: D&D 4th Edition [and other..oh, who are we kidding. 4th Ed!]
Replies: 777
Views: 61741

Re: D&D 4th Edition [and other Gen-Con news]

I agree with Belial and SecondTalon, but they're doing such a bang-up job taking the words from my mouth, I'm not going to enter that part of this discussion. Instead, I want to agree with Belial again, on the issue of 4.0 Eww. I haven't played under the SW Saga or the Bo9S, but almost everything I'...
by Dan Frank
Fri Nov 02, 2007 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: taking teenagers seriously
Replies: 236
Views: 15266

Re: taking teenagers seriously

What really irritates me is that the situations in which a parent is most likely to "put their foot down", and use the "because I say so" argument are when they have been unable to convince their child that they're right. But if they're unable to present a reasonable and rationa...
by Dan Frank
Fri Nov 02, 2007 9:55 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: taking teenagers seriously
Replies: 236
Views: 15266

Re: taking teenagers seriously

Well, I think that if you generally expect 13-year-olds to behave like adults then some problems might be caused by your reactions when the majority fail to conform to your expectations. Before we discuss what sort of behavior I should expect from 13 year olds, could you name a couple examples of b...
by Dan Frank
Fri Nov 02, 2007 7:16 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: taking teenagers seriously
Replies: 236
Views: 15266

Re: taking teenagers seriously

I learn quite a bit from arguing, and trying to defend my opinions. And over the years, I have had some pretty major worldview shifts whenever I was unable to reasonably defend my position. Most of the productive arguments I've been in were carried out through email lists (which tend to end up with...
by Dan Frank
Fri Nov 02, 2007 6:27 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: taking teenagers seriously
Replies: 236
Views: 15266

Re: taking teenagers seriously

The real question is, why the hell do we spend countless hours on the internet debating things with total strangers? Because exposing our theories and beliefs to criticism is the best way to improve them. And doing so through the internet provides some valuable things that are a lot harder to get i...
by Dan Frank
Thu Nov 01, 2007 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: taking teenagers seriously
Replies: 236
Views: 15266

Re: taking teenagers seriously

*lots of quotes, snipped to save space* Yes, I do believe that more teenagers are like that. My personal anecdote was supposed to show that many people that will eventually become rational, logical people aren't quite so rational as teenagers. Basically, people who aren't rational won't be rational...
by Dan Frank
Thu Nov 01, 2007 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: taking teenagers seriously
Replies: 236
Views: 15266

Re: taking teenagers seriously

Of course, YouTube debates (and similar phenomena on forums) ignore that completely. Heh, you got me. But the sort of deates you're like to find in, for instance, the XKCD "Serious Business" forum would fit into what I was talking about. And since I've never really gotten into a Youtube c...
by Dan Frank
Thu Nov 01, 2007 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: taking teenagers seriously
Replies: 236
Views: 15266

Re: taking teenagers seriously

... Of course, in the last year or so, I've grown a lot. An interesting thing that I've noticed, especially when I occasionally go back to look at some old threads and posts I may have made in them, is that I really was pretty crude, not necessarily immature but it's quite easy to tell that I would...
by Dan Frank
Thu Nov 01, 2007 4:30 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Zelda
Replies: 121
Views: 29651

Re: Zelda

You're all so young . The first one I played was, well, the first Zelda. Link to the Past, for the SNES, I think that was probably my favorite. But, I never got an N64 and I didn't play OoT until much more recently. Still haven't beaten it. Windwaker was fun, and I haven't tried Twilight Princess y...
by Dan Frank
Thu Nov 01, 2007 4:19 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: taking teenagers seriously
Replies: 236
Views: 15266

Re: taking teenagers seriously

Dan. Reread what I said and try this again. I *never* said I wouldn't take someone seriously because of their age. I said that, if someone writes very poorly, exhibiting poor grammar and spelling, rambling, failing to make a cohesive point, then I'll assume they are quite young and stop listening. ...
by Dan Frank
Thu Nov 01, 2007 1:23 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Zelda
Replies: 121
Views: 29651

Re: Zelda

You're all so young . The first one I played was, well, the first Zelda. Link to the Past, for the SNES, I think that was probably my favorite. But, I never got an N64 and I didn't play OoT until much more recently. Still haven't beaten it. Windwaker was fun, and I haven't tried Twilight Princess ye...
by Dan Frank
Thu Nov 01, 2007 12:18 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: taking teenagers seriously
Replies: 236
Views: 15266

Re: taking teenagers seriously

So basically, because people perceive that they've encountered a lot of teenagers who are stupid/inarticulate/etc... is it fair to start with the assumption that teenagers are consistently stupid/inarticulate/etc.? I have to say, if I replaced teengers with any gender or race, everyone and their mot...
by Dan Frank
Sat Oct 27, 2007 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Today I am made of Smug ((The Smug Stories Thread))
Replies: 311
Views: 32727

Re: Today I am made of Smug ((The Smug Stories Thread))

I only have one smug school story, and it's many years old, but I think I still remember it well enough. Back in college, I was taking an American history class. We had three primary textbooks, and assigned reading in each one every week. For each book, after reading a chapter we were to keep a log ...
by Dan Frank
Wed Oct 24, 2007 10:27 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Boy Thread: put a hat on ur butt
Replies: 14355
Views: 1424012

Re: Man Thread: Setting Things on Fire Since 1.8 Million BCE

Reading through this discussion, I think I have something to add.

Belial, I love you and I want to have your babies. Of course I mean that in the manliest way possible
by Dan Frank
Tue Oct 23, 2007 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is a nerd?
Replies: 36
Views: 4194

Re: What is a nerd?

FACM wrote:
aleflamedyud wrote:Actually, under no circumstances do you call Pepsi Coke.


In parts of the American south, everything cola is coke.


Truth.

I've even seen places in the USA where everything soda is called coke.
by Dan Frank
Sat Oct 20, 2007 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Child-raising
Replies: 46
Views: 5317

Re: Child-raising

I don't know if it is good or bad but I have noticed that single child who has a single parent rarely break loose from them. They are pretty much super attached to them until they die. I suppose a better way to look at this topic would be which is the worst family to raise a child in. blank gray ro...
by Dan Frank
Sat Oct 13, 2007 9:23 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: scariest game moment - ***spoiler warning***
Replies: 232
Views: 23154

Re: scariest game moment - ***spoiler warning***

I'll add another Silent Hill moment. From the original. I haven't played it since it came out, so my memory of this event is rusty. But essentially... you are in the school. In a locker room. And one locker is clattering. So, you approach it very slowly and when you open the door, a cat jumps out. E...
by Dan Frank
Wed Oct 10, 2007 10:01 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: New D&D Player
Replies: 54
Views: 5051

Re: New D&D Player

I've actually never touched Legend of the Five Rings (... that's L5R, right?). And I'll come clean and say I haven't played in WoD in years, and my memory of the rules isn't the best, and it's possible that at the time I was just too stupid to get all of them. The combat system seemed really... weir...
by Dan Frank
Wed Oct 10, 2007 2:24 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: New D&D Player
Replies: 54
Views: 5051

Re: New D&D Player

I like you Serrin, and the more we discuss this, the more I like you. I wasn't trying to lump you specifically in any category... I think I tried to be clear on that, but I probably vagued it up later in my post. It was late and I lost my train of thought a couple times. But no, I don't know you wel...
by Dan Frank
Tue Oct 09, 2007 3:50 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: New D&D Player
Replies: 54
Views: 5051

Re: New D&D Player

Perhaps, instead of saying how I find D&D to be a really good ruleset for my games, I should have said I find D20 to be a really good ruleset for my games. One of the things I like most about D20 is that, if you understand the rules and how they fit together, it's incredibly easy to make your ow...
by Dan Frank
Sat Oct 06, 2007 11:49 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: New D&D Player
Replies: 54
Views: 5051

Re: New D&D Player

If you're in a good roleplaying campaign...chances are you aren't playing D&D. My advice is to optimize somewhat decently (anything with a large list and full caster levels is optimized decently...wizard, sorcerer, druid, or cleric 20 are all perfectly good, powerful characters), because chance...
by Dan Frank
Fri Oct 05, 2007 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: New D&D Player
Replies: 54
Views: 5051

Re: New D&D Player

Bounding assault doesn't do anything with two weapons. It lets you pick two targets instead of one, and your movement doesn't provoke from either of them. You can then make your first and second attacks in your BAB Progression (i.e. you get another attack at -5). You can attack each of your targets ...
by Dan Frank
Fri Oct 05, 2007 9:11 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Boy Thread: put a hat on ur butt
Replies: 14355
Views: 1424012

Re: Man Thread: Might As Well Be Called Lady Thread II

Why is there so much embarrassment about taking a piss? I don't understand how there's shyness over cocks when you're doing something totally non-sexual like urination. You all have one unless you're a pre-op transman or an amputee, right? What's the big deal, nothing you've seen before. I mean, un...
by Dan Frank
Thu Oct 04, 2007 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: New D&D Player
Replies: 54
Views: 5051

Re: New D&D Player

I stand corrected on the Scout. Like I said, I'm only vaguely familiar with the mechanic. Cool beans, in that case.

Also, Yakk's advice and assessment of the classes is spot-on for a newbie. I strongly suggest you take it under advisement.
by Dan Frank
Thu Oct 04, 2007 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: New D&D Player
Replies: 54
Views: 5051

Re: New D&D Player

Victorkm... forgive me if I'm wrong, as I don't have the book skirmish is detailed in, but you need to move before the attack, right? More than 5 feet? Which means you can normally make just one skirmish attack in a round. Compared to Sneak Attack, where you can make... well, more than one, up to th...

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