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Principia Discussion / Re: The message board is broken
« on: November 21, 2017, 01:31:07 pm »
There appears to be something wrong with the website, it keeps throwing "untrusted connection" warnings on all of my web browsers and loadig without page styles

What part of this place should be trusted?

You can trust me.
I feel like a crime is going to take place.

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Climate change is a real phenomenon that has been shown repeatedly, scientifically and mathematically, to be caused primarily by human activity.

This is better phrased as "the scientific consensus is agreement that human activity is responsible".

you're bad this.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: AN IMPORTANT POLITICAL CONFESSION
« on: November 20, 2017, 02:39:42 am »
Once again, when presented with the means and opportunity to do so, I did not punch any nazis.

Just because it is never wrong to punch Nazis doesn't mean it is always right to punch Nazis, especially when people depend on you not being in jail.

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Apple Talk / Re: things I will do when I am emperor of the universe
« on: November 20, 2017, 02:38:35 am »
I DEMAND 3D6 MECHANICS AT THE VERY LEAST. THE PROBABILITY SPREAD ON D20 IS BULLSHIT AND YOU KNOW IT.

That's way too complicated for the general public. Maybe for Senate, because nobody really understands what those suits do anyway. Then again, if we keep it to things most people can comprehend, all elections would have to be settled by literal pissing matches. I'll compromise. 2 D6+1D8.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: November 19, 2017, 04:49:53 pm »
Ok, done with all the Cycle of Arawn and Cycle of Galand books. The last one drove me all the way up the wall and back down again 6 times. Robertson insists on spending 3 chapters in a row saying "the party is having a hard time advancing to the next level of skill". To his credit, he manages to do so without repeating the same words in the same order too often, but it's still annoying. Also, he has a tendency to traipse off on rabbit trails in the middle of battle sequences to reiterate recent events or explore the inner philosophical meandering of characters who are about to be sliced into bits by magic or swords. I get the feeling he does it on purpose to force the reader into a sense of impatience and suspense, but that feels like cheating.

ETA: There are parts where it's clearly evident what the protagonists need to do in order to solve some puzzle or problem in order to advance the story, but a third of the book is spent waiting for them to figure it out. That seems to happen more frequently the farther in the series you go, and it's intensely frustrating. Hopefully, Robertson fixes this bug in his program.

Anyway, next is Oathbringer, which looks like it's about 900 pages long so maybe it'll wash enough of the taste of this one out of my brain to let me read the next one when it arrives next spring.

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Apple Talk / Re: things I will do when I am emperor of the universe
« on: November 18, 2017, 03:15:43 pm »
*eradicated

It's like I don't even know you, anymore.
I'm drunk most of the time. Not on alcohol, tho, or I'd know how to stop. Maybe it's that bottomless depression I keep hearing about.

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Apple Talk / Re: things I will do when I am emperor of the universe
« on: November 18, 2017, 02:34:54 am »
more rules.

6. Building codes will require that for every 5 fire drills in any densely populated building, there must be at least 1 actual fire. Otherwise, we're practicing for nothing. Think of it as a Kobayashi Maru for desk jockeys.

7. There will be absolutely no films or television programs set in the real world where all the characters are subject to the normal laws of physics or probability, because that defeats the purpose of escapism.

8. All elections will be carried out by randomly recruiting D&D players to a central location, where they will each be assigned a candidate and proceed to decide the election by a series of D20 rolls.

9. All professional sports will be condensed three-week period and run simultaneously with no access to the public, and with no coverage in any communication medium other than interpretive dance.

10. Country music can never be eradicated because it is a deeply loved cultural phenomenon. However, all performances of it must occur in the Louisiana swamps, outdoors, without amplification.

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Apple Talk / Re: things I will do when I am emperor of the universe
« on: November 17, 2017, 01:32:36 pm »
If 200+ years of "democracy" has taught us anything, it's that we can disregard Vex's views on anything musical.

Also mine, according to LMNO.   :lulz:

A guy says that Burn Down the Mission is "okay" just once, and look what happens.
Burn Down for what now

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Apple Talk / Re: things I will do when I am emperor of the universe
« on: November 16, 2017, 05:11:58 pm »
If 200+ years of "democracy" has taught us anything, it's that we can disregard Vex's views on anything musical.
At your own peril.

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Apple Talk / Re: things I will do when I am emperor of the universe
« on: November 16, 2017, 01:39:48 pm »
I resolve from here on out to write all my songs in 1/1.
This is simultaneously unavoidable and irresponsible. I see I will also need a Ministry of Punishing Technicalities and Loopholes.

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Apple Talk / things I will do when I am emperor of the universe
« on: November 16, 2017, 04:57:32 am »
If 200+ years of "democracy" has taught us anything, it's that humans are awful at governing themselves. I've completely given up all hope of convincing people to improve, because even if they eventually do (which they won't), I'll be dead long before I see it. So instead of giving a shite about the state of human affairs, I will spend the rest of my life dreaming up new rules for You People to live by. Here are a few I'm working on at the moment.

1. No more music about feelings and relationships. "I have feelings and I will adjust my relationship status accordingly" has been expressed so many times there's no way there's anything left to say here. From now on, all songs will address dragons, space monsters, epic historical arcs, or something else that's completely unrelated to how you "feel", which no one cares to hear.

2. Driving slow in the fast lane will be a holy sacrament. There's no reason to be in a hurry to get anywhere people are expecting you. Life is too short, and besides, nobody really gives a fuck about you showing up on time unless you get there early and make them look bad by comparison. All the more reason to take your time.

3. Everyone will be required to spend at least 3 hours per day piling insults on anyone on the internet who tries to look cool by being "edgy". Being offensive isn't witty, it just drags conversations into chaos by short-circuiting the human instinct to be right about everything all the time.

4. No more songs that are written entirely in 4/4. Just knock it off. It's the 21st century, we shouldn't still need musical training wheels.

5. All scientists will be pulled from any projects and research currently underway and will be assigned tasks that contribute directly to the development of cold fusion, flying cars, and faster-than-light interstellar travel. They will not be allowed to visit their children until certain breakthroughs have been made. We live in the future, and it's time we started acting like it.

This list is not finished, so don't get comfortable.

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Apple Talk / Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
« on: November 16, 2017, 01:19:15 am »
i'm going to make a comic strip based on your adventures and make millions.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: November 14, 2017, 03:35:47 am »
Not specifically related to Trump (any more so than anything else in American politics right now), but it struck me today that it's a real shame there's nobody on the "not batshit crazy conservative" side pulling the strings of real schism in the GOP, with the kerfluffle surrounding Roy Moore and the general rabid hatred for Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan on account of their not being quite crazy enough. It seems like the perfect time to start astroturfing a synthetic "grassroots" movement to vote for some kind of MAGA Party. Play up all the ways the Republican establishment is stabbing Real 'Murricans in the back by failing to round up and imprison, deport, and/or execute anyone who isn't white, straight, male, or Christian enough. It's plainly evident that there's no turning these people back from where they are, and the least destructive way to avert actual disaster is to stop treating them as if they're within the spectrum of reasonable politics. Give them exactly what they want -- an openly extremist party, but one totally controlled by cynics and doomed to failure -- just to mop up all those MAGA votes and throw them in the trash. I'd do it, but I left my fifty billion dollars in my other pants.

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Climate change is a real phenomenon that has been shown repeatedly, scientifically and mathematically, to be caused primarily by human activity. It's really not really a debate except on the fringes where uneducated people think they can opine hard enough to overcome mountains of actual evidence.

That said, I'm personally in favor of carbon taxes and a forced march to clean and renewable energy for reasons that would still be valid even if climate change weren't real. Political and economic power derive from control of resources, and the most important resource in the modern global economy is energy. Decentralized energy generation using renewable resources disrupts the monopoly of existing power structures. Those powers do anything that crosses their mind in order to sabotage any attempt to disrupt that monopoly, which is ethically bad, but more importantly, their activities induce widespread cultural conservatism by fostering popular thinking that new ideas are dangerous or unsound simply because they are new. That leaves human civilization in a really bad position with respect to adaptability and progress of all kinds. We should have solved all kinds of problems by now that are portrayed as "unsolvable" just because solving them doesn't make anyone rich. Capitalism may have been necessary for the Industrial Revolution, but post-Information-Revolution, it's holding us back so much that the survival of the species is at risk.

So regardless of global warming/climate change, we should be forcing the issue of clean energy because we have to undermine and ultimately disassemble all scarcity-based economic systems.

THIS!

Also, ditto.  May I yoink?

yoink at your discretion, attribution not necessary

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Climate change is a real phenomenon that has been shown repeatedly, scientifically and mathematically, to be caused primarily by human activity. It's really not really a debate except on the fringes where uneducated people think they can opine hard enough to overcome mountains of actual evidence.

That said, I'm personally in favor of carbon taxes and a forced march to clean and renewable energy for reasons that would still be valid even if climate change weren't real. Political and economic power derive from control of resources, and the most important resource in the modern global economy is energy. Decentralized energy generation using renewable resources disrupts the monopoly of existing power structures. Those powers do anything that crosses their mind in order to sabotage any attempt to disrupt that monopoly, which is ethically bad, but more importantly, their activities induce widespread cultural conservatism by fostering popular thinking that new ideas are dangerous or unsound simply because they are new. That leaves human civilization in a really bad position with respect to adaptability and progress of all kinds. We should have solved all kinds of problems by now that are portrayed as "unsolvable" just because solving them doesn't make anyone rich. Capitalism may have been necessary for the Industrial Revolution, but post-Information-Revolution, it's holding us back so much that the survival of the species is at risk.

So regardless of global warming/climate change, we should be forcing the issue of clean energy because we have to undermine and ultimately disassemble all scarcity-based economic systems.

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