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by trickster721
Wed Dec 12, 2007 4:27 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Tales of....
Replies: 38
Views: 5112

Re: Tales of....

Symphonia is awesome. Really weird outsider RPGs like Symphonia and Mario RPG are the only ones worth playing. Final Fantasy is a spectacularly overrated delivery mechanism for short CGI films. That said, things like the flying-around map and character card conversations are still really annoying. W...
by trickster721
Wed Dec 12, 2007 4:12 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: forcing myself to cook...
Replies: 16
Views: 3106

Re: forcing myself to cook...

Couscous is insanely easy. You just boil it with a little bit of oil, toss in some frozen vegetables or whatever, and then cover it and let it sit there and soak up water for less than five minutes. It's the ramen of real foods.
by trickster721
Wed Dec 12, 2007 4:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 10 Year old girl "probably consented" to being pack raped
Replies: 84
Views: 9182

Re: 10 Year old girl "probably consented" to being pack raped

Maybe in such a personal and complicated case, we should assume that the people involved know what's going on, rather than sitting on the other side of the world and judging it by our own privileged standards. I don't need to cluck my tounge over gossip about the unnatural customs of the godless sav...
by trickster721
Wed Dec 12, 2007 3:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New desert mammal caught on film for the first time
Replies: 29
Views: 2719

Re: New desert mammal caught on film for the first time

There are Kangaroo Rats all over California. These ones just have giant ears.
by trickster721
Wed Dec 12, 2007 3:42 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Now with spoilers!)
Replies: 341
Views: 38629

Re: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Exactly What It Sounds Like)

Oh, I am so looking forward to hating this. Ever since that kid on Heroes demanded his gay character be retconned into a straight character before he quit, so that he would have a chance to be picked for The Terminator Show. YES! T3 was horrible canon in the Terminator saga. One good action movie st...
by trickster721
Wed Dec 12, 2007 3:36 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: programming paradigms
Replies: 15
Views: 3659

Re: programming paradigms

When you have garbage collection, everything looks like an object.
by trickster721
Tue Dec 11, 2007 6:47 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Game Theory: Making games not feel like math
Replies: 11
Views: 2136

Re: Game Theory: Making games not feel like math

Some of it is laziness on the part of the developers. Almost everything about a game is stored and processed as a number, and integrating that value into a convincing and consistent game world takes a lot more effort than simply throwing that number onto the screen. Keep in mind that the people maki...
by trickster721
Mon Dec 10, 2007 4:42 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Filesharing: Inalienable right or punishable by death?
Replies: 158
Views: 19452

Re: Filesharing: Inalienable right or punishable by death?

This is a question of reducing value by limiting use. Would beer become less valuable to you if the beer companies decided you were not allowed to drink it with friends? No, I'm not talking about copying beer. I'm talking about restricting the social aspect, thereby removing one of the primary thin...
by trickster721
Sun Dec 09, 2007 1:57 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Filesharing: Inalienable right or punishable by death?
Replies: 158
Views: 19452

Re: Filesharing: Inalienable right or punishable by death?

Hammer; I think the point is that scarcity does have value, but it's wrong to try and create it artificially in order to preserve that value. No one is entitled to have the scarcity of their product enforced by the government.

Do I win?
by trickster721
Sun Dec 09, 2007 12:33 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Headphone Stripping Situation
Replies: 5
Views: 3174

Re: Headphone Stripping Situation

After taking apart several pairs of broken headphones, I've concluded that those wires are powered by fairy magic, and no amount of tape or solder will ever make them work again once the fairy is dead. You could try a multimeter. It seems to me that for stereo, you would need three wires - left, rig...
by trickster721
Sat Dec 08, 2007 6:58 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: It's a series of tubes!
Replies: 34
Views: 2968

Re: It's a series of tubes!

Your getting closer. The internet is merely a mechanism for interconnecting host computing systems. Thats it. Yeah. Certain executive/political types seem to have forgotten over the course of their lives that tables can also be made in a round shape. And when you explain it to them, they're like &q...
by trickster721
Sat Dec 08, 2007 6:45 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: [Movie] The Golden Compass
Replies: 55
Views: 7035

Re: [Movie] The Golden Compass

I do know that the movie really shouldn't be a kids movie, and with a little mature thought, there are some really weird things in there. Very little. Be sure to check out the third one when it comes out, though. It's a mellow, conventional children's story that I'm sure you'll enjoy. I enjoyed it....
by trickster721
Sat Dec 08, 2007 6:32 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The Aspartame Debate
Replies: 42
Views: 5092

Re: Aspartame. Worth worrying about or not?

lesliesage wrote:I, however, do not wish we were debating scientific studies, because I do indeed believe that the crux of the issue is in whose wisdom we seek and accept.

So somebody whose opinion carries more weight than verifiable fact, then? Maybe Jesus?
by trickster721
Fri Dec 07, 2007 6:32 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: CGI vs PHP
Replies: 35
Views: 16462

Re: CGI vs PHP

segmentation fault wrote:
trickster721 wrote:RoR gives you cancer. They do their snazzy press demos on a Mac, for christ's sake.

so?

So Mac isn't exactly synonymous with serious web platforms.
by trickster721
Fri Dec 07, 2007 5:51 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The Aspartame Debate
Replies: 42
Views: 5092

Re: Aspartame. Worth worrying about or not?

exposure to very low levels of methanol and formaldehyde have been proven to cause chronic toxicity in humans ... Aspartic acid belongs to a class of chemicals that in high concentrations act as an excitotoxin, inflicting damage on brain and nerve cells Oh yes, these are very dangerous poisons, abs...
by trickster721
Thu Dec 06, 2007 8:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: General 2008 U.S. presidential election primaries thread
Replies: 81
Views: 6005

Re: Clinton criticizes Obama for a kindergarten essay

Is it just me (An Aussie) or are the Republicans going crazy-ape-shit with all this Giuliani, and Huckabee stuff. I don't really know that much about it, that's why I'm asking. The Republican party platform has basically collapsed, so they're fielding a bunch of moderates for the first time in year...
by trickster721
Thu Dec 06, 2007 7:39 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The Aspartame Debate
Replies: 42
Views: 5092

Re: Aspartame. Worth worrying about or not?

More complicated doesn't mean dangerous. You're asking for summary opinions, and I'm telling you that what that Wikipedia article says is that aspartame breaks down into dangerous chemicals, but in such tiny amounts that it couldn't possibly ever make a difference or be noticed. There is no evidence...
by trickster721
Thu Dec 06, 2007 7:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Steampunk Laptop
Replies: 22
Views: 3894

Re: Steampunk Laptop

Von Slatt is another one of these mad workshop guys. For the representatives of a cutting-edge aesthetic, their sites sure are ugly. Ask, and ye shall recieve . Also a video , though that isn't loading for me at the moment. What the hell! With all the babies watching! That's not even very steampunk...
by trickster721
Thu Dec 06, 2007 6:52 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Encounters with the Politically-Correct
Replies: 35
Views: 3749

Re: Encounters with the Politically-Correct

Yeah, I know. But there's just no polite way to suddenly end a thread when the guy who started it compares national policy to Final Fantasy and threatens to take down his personal site because everyone is so mean. Tension-relieving humor doesn't translate well.
by trickster721
Thu Dec 06, 2007 6:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Sudan Teacher, "Muhammed the Teddy Bear" Controversy
Replies: 73
Views: 6281

Re: The Sudan Teacher, "Muhammed the Teddy Bear" Controversy

If they want their message heard they should do it in a way that still expresses love of country as then their given the image of true citizens. No, they shouldn't. You shouldn't have to genuflect to nationalist sentiment before you state your opinion. The principles of this country are self-eviden...
by trickster721
Thu Dec 06, 2007 5:28 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Disturbing Trends In TV
Replies: 70
Views: 6285

Re: Disturbing Trends In TV

no-genius wrote:Also, isn't the melodramatic voice Tony Head? (or is that just in Heroes Unmasked).

Definitely not.
by trickster721
Thu Dec 06, 2007 5:00 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Underrated & Obscure Games
Replies: 171
Views: 25889

Re: Underrated games

Yes. See also, Link's Awakening. That is the single most awesome Zelda game ever for two reasons. One being no mention of that stupid triforce, two being you don't need to have your sword equipped all the time. http://trickster721.feareye.com/pics/lamap.jpg I may be carrying a bit of a torch for it.
by trickster721
Thu Dec 06, 2007 4:37 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Tin Man
Replies: 15
Views: 2060

Re: Tin Man

So I don't need to download the other two parts, then. Or finish watching the first one.
by trickster721
Thu Dec 06, 2007 4:34 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 752057

Re: Doctor Who

So now Rose is coming back, and the Doctor is leaving. They're doing a good job juggling these characters so that we recognize at least one of these people at any given time. You know, in America actors are considered lucky if they get to do one good show for seven years and are then typecast for th...
by trickster721
Thu Dec 06, 2007 4:17 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Freeform Roleplaying
Replies: 126
Views: 9468

Re: Freeform Roleplaying

This is a great game, if you have a GM who's a good storyteller and understands how to keep people interested without a statistical combat minigame to fall back on. I'm not sure how well it works in text, but I really want to do something like this with a multiplayer game engine if I ever get far en...
by trickster721
Thu Dec 06, 2007 2:57 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: The Collective Works of Neil Gaiman
Replies: 183
Views: 82844

Re: I want to write like Neil Gaimen

It strikes me as though he really thinks about his word choice and sentence structure and cultivates an air of... ...Literature? He's also English, you know, he's not just spelling things wrong to show off. But yes, he can come ungrounded sometimes, especially in his short stories. A lot of great w...
by trickster721
Thu Dec 06, 2007 2:43 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Underrated & Obscure Games
Replies: 171
Views: 25889

Re: Underrated games

Also for all you Myst fans, Douglas Adams' (yes, that Douglas Adams, h2g2) Starship Titanic. That was the game Myst should have been. A truly amazing masterpiece. And if you can find a mac to play on, it's well worth the couple dollars it now sells for (I found my copy, brand new, never opened, for...
by trickster721
Thu Dec 06, 2007 1:53 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The Aspartame Debate
Replies: 42
Views: 5092

Re: Aspartame. Worth worrying about or not?

Unlike other artificial sweeteners, it's digestible, and the things it turns into are definitely nasty, but the amounts are trivial. It's not making you any healthier, but it's certainly not any more dangerous than oxygen, or bottled water, or sunlight. Or the lack of sunlight, for that matter. Ever...
by trickster721
Thu Dec 06, 2007 1:06 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Caffeine is bad, mmkay?
Replies: 23
Views: 3224

Re: Caffeine is bad, mmkay?

Energy drinks also contain a lot of B vitamins, which can have strong physical effects. But none of these things are going to screw you up as long as you enjoy them in addition to nutritious meals and water. And occasional sleep.
by trickster721
Thu Dec 06, 2007 12:54 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: CGI vs PHP
Replies: 35
Views: 16462

Re: CGI vs PHP

segmentation fault wrote:turbogears or ruby on rails is what i would recommend. php and cgi are pai1nful.

RoR gives you cancer. They do their snazzy press demos on a Mac, for christ's sake. Parsing database fields into template pages is as cute and gee-whiz and practical as a flying car.

CGI scripting is obsolete.
by trickster721
Thu Dec 06, 2007 12:37 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: the 'net
Replies: 23
Views: 2485

Re: the 'net

It used to be appropriate, back when it was the proper name of something obscure, but now it probably doesn't need to be capitalized the way "sky" doesn't need to be capitalized.

Then again, we still capitalize Pacific Ocean. And the planet Mars.
by trickster721
Wed Dec 05, 2007 4:40 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: paper clip in a power outlet
Replies: 65
Views: 18732

Re: paper clip in a power outlet

The danger isn't really that the electricity will travel through your entire body and into the floor. It doesn't need to. Using an inch of your finger to create a parallel circut is unpleasant enough.
by trickster721
Tue Dec 04, 2007 10:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Sudan Teacher, "Muhammed the Teddy Bear" Controversy
Replies: 73
Views: 6281

Re: The Sudan Teacher, "Muhammed the Teddy Bear" Controversy

Nationalism is bad. No matter how great your country is, you're cheapening it as soon as you stop seeing ways it could be better.

What if there were no countries? Imagine that. It's easy, if you try.
by trickster721
Tue Dec 04, 2007 9:47 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Filesharing: Inalienable right or punishable by death?
Replies: 158
Views: 19452

Re: Filesharing: Inalienable right or punishable by death?

Karrion wrote:personal, noncommercial copyright infringement

This whole concept is the invention of mafiaa lawyers. There's nothing illegal about personal copying inside your own home, and absolutely nothing anyone can do about it.
by trickster721
Tue Dec 04, 2007 8:40 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Shoes (And the Posting of Them)
Replies: 96
Views: 10678

Re: Shoes (And the Posting of Them)

I just have to learn how to buy shoes that will last longer. It seems like most shoes just aren't put together right these days. If they aren't good for climbing over rocks in the middle of the night, what are they good for? For example, I tried a pair of Sketchers boots once, and they totally disi...
by trickster721
Tue Dec 04, 2007 8:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Steampunk Laptop
Replies: 22
Views: 3894

Re: Steampunk Laptop

Oh, damn. Damn that is hot. Not very portable anymore, but who cares.
by trickster721
Tue Dec 04, 2007 8:03 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Tin Man
Replies: 15
Views: 2060

Re: Tin Man

Ugh. Half and hour in, this is pretty bad. Like a stretched-out episode of Stargate with the occasional interesting set peice. Might have been better at half the length.

Is somebody using the SciFi Channel to launder money, or what?
by trickster721
Mon Dec 03, 2007 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Ludwig Wittgenstein
Replies: 11
Views: 2516

Re: Ludwig Wittgenstein

What a whiney emo punk that Wittgenstein was.
by trickster721
Mon Dec 03, 2007 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: writing a book.
Replies: 39
Views: 2939

Re: writing a book.

You don't get good at writing by worrying over one project until it turns into War and Peace. Write lots of different things. Write something totally new every day, and toss it out. Write an essay about avacados for no reason. If this doesn't sound like fun, you're probably not really that intereste...
by trickster721
Mon Dec 03, 2007 8:48 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: PHP
Replies: 27
Views: 6086

Re: PHP

PHP4 more strong than PHP5, even after years. this is like people still programming in VB 4.0 Version five isn't totally compatible with version four, especially in the higher level stuff. They're starting to clean up depreciated features, so naturally adoption is going to be slow. They were still ...

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