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by El Spark
Mon Aug 08, 2011 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2086
Views: 387853

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

I bought Rappan Athuk Reloaded from DriveThruRPG a few days ago. I'm very much looking forward to having my friends roll up L5 characters and seeing how far we can go with it. I have some golden memories from playing in that dungeon with another GM. It was the first time I'd seriously played a wizar...
by El Spark
Tue Aug 02, 2011 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: China bans time travel in fiction
Replies: 27
Views: 6040

Re: China bans time travel in fiction

The Mighty Thesaurus wrote:Forget Harry Potter, this bans By His Bootstraps


Oh this will not STAND.

It also bans The Toyenbee Convector.

:evil:
by El Spark
Mon Aug 01, 2011 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: 42 [The Hitchhiker's Thread]
Replies: 182
Views: 42251

Re: 42 [The Hitchhiker's Thread]

Fortunately, as my teens proved when we went to see the theater premiere of Eragon, as a group we can enjoy the bad stuff almost as much as the good stuff.

He brought his towel. We had tea and crumpets. Good times all 'round.
by El Spark
Mon Aug 01, 2011 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28487
Views: 3024611

Re: Rant Thread (because we need more ranting)

I've worked in a library for almost three years. Today, for the first time, I had to restrain myself from slapping a patron. I'm in the back, in the children's section, shelving books. A woman comes up with several kids in tow, asks me where the books on space are, as her daughter is in...
by El Spark
Thu Jul 28, 2011 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The Joys of Good Cookware
Replies: 252
Views: 67899

Re: The Joys of Good Cookware

Baking stones are good for bread, and I just use unglazed tiles from Home Despot, laid out on the rack. You do need to heat them for at least 30 minutes before baking on them for the best results. I can vouch for the awesome that is baking bread on a stone. I got one for Christmas, but PAstry's ide...
by El Spark
Thu Jul 28, 2011 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28487
Views: 3024611

Re: Rant Thread (because we need more ranting)

/ranttoggleon NEVER TRUST A PATRON. I work in a library, where the customers are known as patrons. NEVER TRUST A PATRON. I have no doubt, sir/ma'am, that you looked in the card catalog and saw that the book that you wanted was "here." If by here you mean "in another branch of this lib...
by El Spark
Thu Jul 28, 2011 12:49 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: 42 [The Hitchhiker's Thread]
Replies: 182
Views: 42251

Re: 42 [The Hitchhiker's Thread]

I am hoping the "huh" was more to do with the description of the movie as "good" than a lack of knowledge regarding the abbreviation. And although Zooey Deschanel is a very attractive lady, she should never have been allowed with three lightyears of the role of Trillian*. *I sta...
by El Spark
Wed Jul 27, 2011 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic
Replies: 654
Views: 236808

Re: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic

Does any superman fanatic know of a superman comic (recent, the new/newish superman, nothing old at all) which has a plot that has something to do with a little girl who is...alien or something, but has HUMONGOUS black eyes, and like no hair, and is generally ugly and scary, but someone (not superm...
by El Spark
Wed Jul 27, 2011 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2086
Views: 387853

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

Wizard kills the orc wizard, gets their spellbook and... has to make a couple of skill checks to decipher the spells and copy them over. ...over the course of quite a bit of time, too, iirc. Even if it only took five minutes, I think that's something like 50 combat rounds, so the fight's been over ...
by El Spark
Wed Jul 27, 2011 12:20 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: 42 [The Hitchhiker's Thread]
Replies: 182
Views: 42251

Re: 42 [The Hitchhiker's Thread]

I was looking for a good movie and went with THHGttG. huh? T he H itch h iker's G uide t o t he G alaxy? Perhaps you've heard of it? =P And yeah, probably not the best move ever, but it was a lot of fun to watch with teens who were willing to let the problems slide. Or who were at least prepared to...
by El Spark
Tue Jul 26, 2011 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: 42 [The Hitchhiker's Thread]
Replies: 182
Views: 42251

Re: 42 [The Hitchhiker's Thread]

This year for the summer reading program, the theme was "You Are Here," so I was doing things that were geography themed. For the week dealing with Europe I was looking for a good movie and went with THHGttG. I told my teens about it and then just sort of stared at me, but one of them said...
by El Spark
Tue Jul 26, 2011 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2086
Views: 387853

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

My players are fiercely intelligent and absolutely DELIGHT in going in unexpected directions. They don't do it out of meanness or even trolling, but just because something catches their attention and they follow it. It's a lot like trying to distract a concussed kitten. So my strategy is this: prese...
by El Spark
Mon Jul 25, 2011 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13405
Views: 1480262

Re: Today I Learned

AJR wrote:But you still need some way to distinguish between the different forms of tentacled horrors from the deep.


TIL that there's such a thing as a vampire squid, and that its latin name translates as "vampire squid from hell."

Today is a brighter day.
by El Spark
Mon Jul 25, 2011 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Space shuttle Atlantis in historic final lift-off
Replies: 36
Views: 4522

Re: Space shuttle Atlantis in historic final lift-off

I feel that I can clarify some things about the transition going on in NASA, due to my connection (and fascination) with the American space program. I've seen a few misconceptions pop up in this thread, and I hope I can address them as finding good information on this subject can be har...
by El Spark
Fri Jul 22, 2011 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0928: "Mimic Octopus"
Replies: 166
Views: 43563

Re: 0928: Mimic Octopus

I'm just glad as hell that I'm not the only one that remembers that scene from Lost Boys. :D

project 2051 wrote:All this arguing, it's almost as bad as that time I was nearly ran over by a herd of mooses.


I believe that would be a monsoose of meese.
by El Spark
Thu Jul 21, 2011 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Space shuttle Atlantis in historic final lift-off
Replies: 36
Views: 4522

Re: Space shuttle Atlantis in historic final lift-off

*snip* the US is not the only country with a space program. I realized that while walking to work this morning after hearing that the shuttle had touched down safely, and it cheered me up considerable. *sighs* Disclaimer: I was glad the shuttle was down safely, but depressed about it being the last...
by El Spark
Sat Jul 16, 2011 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Space shuttle Atlantis in historic final lift-off
Replies: 36
Views: 4522

Re: Space shuttle Atlantis in historic final lift-off

addams wrote:
WaterToFire wrote:Personally I like his poetic approach.

Thank you.

We are in morning the loss of the Space Program and the high, unconditional positive regard that scientists enjoyed. Right?

How do we do that?


Weaponized lemons.
by El Spark
Wed Jul 13, 2011 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2086
Views: 387853

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

I remember that fight with the L3 dragon at the end of the starter game. My crew had five L1 characters, and it was a fight and a half, but that was mostly because we did things like clump up for convenient breath-weaponing and the like. Once we got our act together, it went smoothly. Tough, but smo...
by El Spark
Wed Jul 06, 2011 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Cooking disasters
Replies: 96
Views: 29463

Re: Cooking disasters

My cousin's idea of an omelet is spilling an entire dozen of cracked shell-ridden eggs into a pot and mixing them with coconut milk and rice, and then leaving the mess to burn. Holy screaming hell. In other news, I'm a big fan of toast with peanut butter, and I have been for a long time. Apparently...
by El Spark
Thu Jun 09, 2011 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13405
Views: 1480262

Re: Today I Learned

roband wrote:...

America is weird.


You're not sure what to do with a biscuit and WE'RE weird? Yeesh. :D
by El Spark
Wed Jun 08, 2011 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: the books of Jim Butcher
Replies: 59
Views: 62601

Re: the books of Jim Butcher

Dresden is supposedly in the top dozen or so wizards in the US (snip) he's mostly just really good at "I hit it and make it die" magic, which is of...limited utility. This. In later books, he mentions that he's been practicing a lot more, and that his control is getting better overall. At...
by El Spark
Wed Jun 01, 2011 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Crisis on Infinite Continuity Lockout?
Replies: 36
Views: 31311

Re: Crisis on Infinite Continuity Lockout?

No, what I think is keeping people out of comics are comic fans. Yes, there's a horrible stereotype associated with comic fans and yes, most comic fans don't fit it. But the ones that do? Holy fuck do they make being a comic fan uncomfortable for you if you're also a comic fan. Yeah, but that's tru...
by El Spark
Wed May 25, 2011 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Towel Day May 25th!
Replies: 138
Views: 20773

Re: Towel Day May 25th!

As I said elsewhere, I shall endeavour to have my towel with me on Wednesday, but I'm having trouble sourcing some affordable lilac. Lilac? Is that part of towel day, or am I missing something? Wouldn't a potted petunia be more appropriate? It just happens that another major event occurred on May 2...
by El Spark
Mon May 16, 2011 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Survey: How many of these characters do you recognize?
Replies: 51
Views: 5736

Re: Survey: How many of these characters do you recognize?

US, all of them, and the actors' names.
by El Spark
Fri May 13, 2011 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Portal 2 : Princess No-Knees 3 : Jump Harder
Replies: 833
Views: 161930

Re: Portal 2 : Princess No-Knees 3 : Jump Harder

SlyReaper wrote:2. The game is about to be overwhelmed by co-op players in skins covered in crudely drawn penises. Such is human nature.


Just so long as we can't make penis-shaped hats. Because that would happen instantly.
by El Spark
Thu May 12, 2011 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2086
Views: 387853

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

I'm seriously considering buying Rappan-Athuk from drivethrurpg.com and running a campaign built around it. MAN I had fun with that dungeon.
by El Spark
Wed May 11, 2011 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13405
Views: 1480262

Re: Today I Learned

TIL: That it's much easier to do a group assignment by yourself and finish it early and get a good grade, instead of mucking aorund for ages with 2 other people trying to sort out who's doing what. Glad to hear that schools are teaching valuable lessons, still. Even if they're almost exactly the op...
by El Spark
Tue Apr 19, 2011 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Portal 2 : Princess No-Knees 3 : Jump Harder
Replies: 833
Views: 161930

Re: Portal 2

*sighs* I have to work from noon til 830 tonight. Poot.

Well, maybe it'll be ready to go by the time I get home.
by El Spark
Sat Apr 16, 2011 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13405
Views: 1480262

Re: Today I Learned

Ouch.jars wrote:
El Spark wrote:
pseudoidiot wrote:Where at? I went to such a school in Arkansas.


ASMS?

Never went, but some friends of mine did. :D


:P Incidentally, I go to a different ASMS.


Well, there's just no helping some people. :P
by El Spark
Thu Apr 14, 2011 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13405
Views: 1480262

Re: Today I Learned

pseudoidiot wrote:Where at? I went to such a school in Arkansas.


ASMS?

Never went, but some friends of mine did. :D
by El Spark
Wed Mar 23, 2011 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bullying
Replies: 47
Views: 6788

Re: Bullying

You can't talk to them. You can't ignore them. You can't join them. Your teachers don't care. You're either the face, or you're the heel. I recommend being the heel. I'm afraid that this is how I feel about the whole thing. Given how teachers have reacted to me fighting back against the bullies, an...
by El Spark
Wed Mar 23, 2011 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Portal! WILD MASS GUESSING AND THEORIZING AND BULLSHIT!
Replies: 423
Views: 69847

Re: Portal! WILD MASS GUESSING AND THEORIZING AND BULLSHIT!

Our clock tower at the local university plays computerized tones instead of bells now. They SOUND like bells, but are programmed with a variety of different music that is then played over the bell synthesizer. So the other night, I was sitting there with my window open and the tower started to play ...
by El Spark
Tue Mar 22, 2011 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Recommend me an awesome graphic novel
Replies: 232
Views: 112173

Re: Recommend me an awesome graphic novel

Cowboy Ninja Viking , by A. J. Lieberman. The heartwarming story of Duncan, an ex-black-ops assassin known as a "triplet." Triplets have three personalities each, and they're trained in various skills and mindsets. Duncan, of course, has a cowboy, ninja, and viking personality, and carrie...
by El Spark
Sun Mar 20, 2011 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2086
Views: 387853

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

You're an evil mastermind from hell, and I salute you by stealing your idea and making it my own.

/hands over a cookie.
by El Spark
Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Fox tries to censor its own censorship. What?
Replies: 12
Views: 1962

Re: Fox tries to censor its own censorship. What?

M.C. wrote:Some lawyer has got a promotion because he has worked out how to give his firm infinite work and opportunities for billing time.


This. And outside of the annoyance factor of it having made the news, I say bravo.
by El Spark
Tue Mar 08, 2011 11:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Browncoats - Help Nathan Buy Firefly!
Replies: 89
Views: 8522

Re: Browncoats - Help Nathan Buy Firefly!

BrowncoatBrit wrote:If you're still in great need of Firefly fix, I would suggest whizzing over to Virtual Firefly where a group of amatur writers have decided to carry on the show trying to keep it as close the original as thay can. They are currently on season 3!


How...have I not heard of this before? @.@

/noms
by El Spark
Fri Mar 04, 2011 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Raw-edible fruits/veggies (for the lazy healthy eater)
Replies: 10
Views: 2364

Re: Raw-edible fruits/veggies (for the lazy healthy eater)

PAstrychef wrote:Sugar snap peas-the rounder version of snow peas-are nice and sweet and crunchy.


I'm not a huge raw-food fan, but man...I can eat some raw sugar snap peas. Mom always grows them in her garden, and the rate of attrition between me and the birds is about equal. :oops:
by El Spark
Fri Mar 04, 2011 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: How's Blankets?
Replies: 7
Views: 12111

Re: How's Blankets?

+1
by El Spark
Thu Mar 03, 2011 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Twilight?
Replies: 1018
Views: 144257

Re: Twilight?

Well that sucks. ...actually, that could be pretty awesome. Just think of all the mothers taking their young daughters to see it, happy that their daughters have abstinence role models. Suddenly, hot vampire sex! Hot vampire sex that includes bruising and passing out and a severe lack of thoughts t...
by El Spark
Wed Mar 02, 2011 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Twilight?
Replies: 1018
Views: 144257

Re: Twilight?

Speaking as someone who despises everything about Twilight and its offspring, I have to say that I'm looking forward to opening night of the last movie. Why? There are a lot of girls and middle-aged housewives who are going to be there, ready and waiting for more vampire abstinence porn (this is...

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