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by icanus
Wed Nov 19, 2008 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Deaf Culture
Replies: 98
Views: 7890

Re: Deaf Culture

Certainly for my part, I only intended to suggest (apologies if I didn't express it clearly) that society's obligation to provide extra support for an individual ends when that individual has a genuine choice about their condition - if brain development means that this doesn't apply to adults who we...
by icanus
Tue Nov 18, 2008 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Fallout 3!
Replies: 1500
Views: 145774

Re: Fallout 3!

Just had a great random encounter with the Talon guys - This is early in my latest play-through, this time with some rigid house rules about RP and a firm commitment not to fast travel, so I was only at level 4 or 5, with pitiful combat skills. I was coming out of Lucky's (little shop southwest of T...
by icanus
Sun Nov 16, 2008 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Fallout 3!
Replies: 1500
Views: 145774

Re: Fallout 3!

Problem is they pop up right under your nose sometimes. Does a high explosives skill only increase explosive damage to enemies or to yourself as well? My current evil gunslinger character makes the Regulator attacks really fun. My strategy is to kill the first two, then disarm and cripple the last a...
by icanus
Sun Nov 16, 2008 12:58 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Taking it seriously: The zombie problem
Replies: 1713
Views: 212290

Re: Taking it seriously: The zombie problem

When the zombie apocalypse comes (assuming a 28 days later type infection, which means no sea-bottom strolls), I'm straight on a boat. I can sail and operate a motorboat, and live about 5 minutes from the Thames, so I could probably at least grab a garbage barge, then use that to get to something sa...
by icanus
Sun Nov 16, 2008 12:31 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Fallout 3!
Replies: 1500
Views: 145774

Re: Fallout 3!

I'm thinking I might go with explosives/sneak for my next character (probably with a bit of melee for getting out of scrapes). I'm thinking that sneaking around laying out mines then shouting "over here" could be fun, though those moments when you exit a building and get jumped by mercs mi...
by icanus
Sun Nov 16, 2008 12:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Deaf Culture
Replies: 98
Views: 7890

Re: Deaf Culture

It's as objective as things get. Greater physical freedom--the ability to walk, run, swim, hear, see, think, empathize, talk, eat, breathe, etc.--is better. You can choose whether or not to exercise that particular physical ability, but it is empirically better to have that choice than to not have ...
by icanus
Mon Nov 10, 2008 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Atheism and Its Effect on One's Life
Replies: 125
Views: 11280

Re: Atheism and Its Effect on One's Life

I agree with much of what other people have already said - to me life seems more precious because it is limited, not less. I do what makes me happy (which includes trying to make other people happy), and that's enough of an overarching purpose for me, though of course I have many subordinate goals a...
by icanus
Mon Nov 10, 2008 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Fallout 3!
Replies: 1500
Views: 145774

Re: Fallout 3!

I'd be very happy, except that when I returned home to unload some stuff... Dogmeat was gone. I bought a dog bowl for him from a scavenger as well! Where is he? I want him back ;_; Try looking outside vault 101 - I think that's where he goes when you dismiss him, so maybe he goes there if he's left...
by icanus
Sun Nov 09, 2008 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What game has caused you to utter the most profanity?
Replies: 421
Views: 41411

Re: What game has caused you to utter the most profanity?

Mafia. The Race.

It was years ago, and I still swore now just thinking about it.
by icanus
Fri Oct 10, 2008 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Would you rather....
Replies: 731
Views: 44601

Re: Would you rather....

Fast but weak (assuming super fast means fast enough to dodge bullets/fists)

Achilles choice: Short life but be remembered forever for your legendary accomplishments, or long life but be forgotten?
by icanus
Fri Oct 10, 2008 1:51 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Morally Ambiguous Characters
Replies: 42
Views: 19043

Re: Morally Ambiguous Characters

You can also do it the other way round, with a character who does things that are fairly unambiguously good but for ambiguous reasons - they hunt down the killer out of personal vengeance for some past slight rather than any particular urge to stop them killing again, or save a life because they wan...
by icanus
Wed Oct 08, 2008 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: My Hobby:
Replies: 554
Views: 104993

Re: My Hobby

My Hobby: Building accurate 1/60 scale models of 18th century tall ships, usually taking about 6-12 months and many, many hours at the Maritime Museum getting all the details just right. Then "zooming" them round my room like an 8 year old with a new rocket-ship. NEEEE-AAAAAAWWWWW, PSHOOO!...
by icanus
Wed Oct 08, 2008 11:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: It made sense at the time...
Replies: 207
Views: 20888

Re: It made sense at the time...

I dreamed an entire Thursday when I was in secondary school. Turned up with all my books and equipment for Friday, only to be told that it was Thursday again. I then made matters worse by arguing about it for ten minutes before I figured out what had happened. I always think it would be a good idea ...
by icanus
Wed Oct 08, 2008 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What is hell? Designated 'Hell' Topic
Replies: 90
Views: 12456

Re: What is hell?

I'm firmly in the "Eternal life would be hell" camp. Sure the first few billion years might be a hoot, but ultimately, once you've had every conversation, heard every piece of music, then spent a few million years contemplating and examining each and every individual atom and particle in t...
by icanus
Wed Oct 08, 2008 11:09 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Favorite Characters?
Replies: 145
Views: 24509

Re: Favorite Characters?

Another vote for Sam Vimes.

Also the version of Merlin from Bernard Cornwell's Arthurian trilogy. Cynical, abrasive and crude, while at the same time a big sentimental softy.
by icanus
Wed Oct 08, 2008 7:57 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Morally Ambiguous Characters
Replies: 42
Views: 19043

Re: Morally Ambiguous Characters

For me, a good example is The King in James Clavell's King Rat . (just finished reading it, so it's fresh in my mind) He's a very likeable character, but also a total shit (ruthlessly profiteering on medicine & food in a WW2 Japanese POW camp). The key seems to be that he does have a moral code,...
by icanus
Sun Oct 05, 2008 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: The single best computer food
Replies: 205
Views: 41181

Re: The single best computer food

Food: Beef jerky, Parma ham, thin-sliced roast beef, bacon straight from the fridge. Basically anything that went "Moo" or "Oink" (just the meat, I can't be having with that sandwich malarkey - far too much work - plus, the bread is kept in the kitchen which is all the way downst...
by icanus
Sun Oct 05, 2008 10:25 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Slurs
Replies: 391
Views: 39912

Re: Slurs

Actually, I think I see the misunderstanding. You're thinking we're saying society should simply never say gay in any context. What we're saying is that they shouldn't say gay when they mean "lame" or "stupid" or "bad". It's not the term itself; it's the term in that p...
by icanus
Sun Oct 05, 2008 9:09 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Computer Science vs. Human Engineering in security
Replies: 39
Views: 4065

Re: Computer Science vs. Human Engineering in security

A method I've used in the past (though for the most part I'm as guilty as most people of just choosing something easy to remember and therefore to deduce if you know enough about me) is to forego memorizing the password entirely, and instead memorize the method for generating the password - for exam...
by icanus
Sat Sep 27, 2008 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: the most depressing song: help me find it!
Replies: 220
Views: 20499

Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Aside from stuff that's already been mentioned, and the obligatory Leonard Cohen (my vote would be for Stranger Song as his greatest downer): Man of the World - Fleetwood Mac (from the Peter Green days) Old Compton Street Blues - Al Stewart and then, if I delve into the Dark Side of my music collect...
by icanus
Fri Sep 26, 2008 1:38 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1821
Views: 473117

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

just finished Terry Pratchett's latest, Nation . IMO, one of his best, though a bit more serious in tone than the Discworld series (which isn't to say there's not plenty of comedy, just that there's some pretty serious stuff in there too) Just starting on James Clavell's King Rat (re-reading, but th...
by icanus
Fri Sep 26, 2008 12:24 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Best and Worst Discworld
Replies: 318
Views: 206645

Re: Best and Worst Discworld

Even his own younger self isn't safe from a fairly scathing Vimes internal monologue (one of my favourite passages from NW): He wondered if it was at all possible to give this idiot some lessons in basic politics. That was always the dream, wasn't it? 'I wish I knew then what I know now' ? But when ...
by icanus
Thu Sep 25, 2008 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Best and Worst Discworld
Replies: 318
Views: 206645

Re: Best and Worst Discworld

Favourite: Night Watch - Vimes, Vetinari, time travel, copious amounts of cynicism. What's not to like. Least favourite: probably Moving Pictures. It's still an entertaining read, but it's the only Discworld book that I was able to read over the course of a week. All the others, I've picked the book...
by icanus
Sun Sep 21, 2008 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The English Spoken Language: RIP (Examples)
Replies: 154
Views: 20906

Re: The English Spoken Language: RIP (Examples)

"Can you borrow me a pound?" - I've had to deal with this regularly since primary school. From about seven onward I refused to cooperate and started interpreting it as an oddly phrased offer to lend me a pound. I respond by holding out my hand and asking if I can have it as two fifty penc...
by icanus
Sat Sep 20, 2008 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What creates a long lasting country?
Replies: 22
Views: 2355

Re: What creates a long lasting country?

The UK is not difficult to invade and has been invaded far too many times to keep count It's very difficult to invade, the last time being 1940, and the last successful invasion was 1066. All you need to do is shoot the king in the eye, and voila, (most of) the island is yours. And that was a damn ...
by icanus
Tue Sep 02, 2008 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Sweatshops
Replies: 80
Views: 10876

Re: Sweatshops

This news report , on the other hand, suggests it did at some point, and then sever ties with the suppliers that support sweatshopism when they were found out. - fixed. I have to wonder how hard they were looking if a documentary crew can just rock up and point out what their "ambassadors"...
by icanus
Tue Aug 14, 2007 8:51 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A Cypher problem
Replies: 13
Views: 3278

TascoDLX wins a a small virtual cigar :D
by icanus
Mon Aug 13, 2007 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD 2.0: INTRODUCE YOURSELF OR PERISH!
Replies: 2548
Views: 326594

Hi all, I stumbled across this site quite by accident, was duly impressed with the cartoons then found the logic puzzle forum, which has now consumed about three days solid lurking... a little bio - I'm 26, and a perennial dabbler. Programming, web design, A-life - I've had a go at all of them, thou...
by icanus
Mon Aug 13, 2007 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A Cypher problem
Replies: 13
Views: 3278

Wow, you guys are fast
by icanus
Mon Aug 13, 2007 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Biology question (Wild berry genetics)
Replies: 23
Views: 3854

Re: Biology question (Wild berry genetics)

berry plants' genes are propagated when birds eat the berries, then poop out the undigested seeds in a hopefully distant area. Humans also eat berries, but do not poop out undigested seeds in evolutionarily advantageous places (most of them, at least). It's only in the last couple of centuries with...
by icanus
Mon Aug 13, 2007 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A Cypher problem
Replies: 13
Views: 3278

A Cypher problem

Hi all, complete noob here, so be gentle.

Here's a little cypher I've come up with - see how you get on.

i lxvydcna fxdum nocobfo ez or sqbbut diozggdbzio li yj nzfwo wxvxbox w obthu dioj vyfcypcha aoha bm osk kxpdq

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