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Or Kill Me / Re: The Profit Motive
« on: July 14, 2015, 10:40:37 pm »
Option 4: every other threshold and actual nuclear power, outraged at an unprovoked attack and occupation of a sovereign nation, immediately sets about economically, diplomatically and military isolating the USA and building nuclear arms to counter American aggression.

Or Kill Me / Re: The Profit Motive
« on: July 14, 2015, 06:38:20 pm »

Bleh.  Security meeting rescheduled.

Could be because they're going to brush me off, could be because the summer school is a fucking mess and we've got under 18s, people who are meant to arrive in September and people who should've already left still here.

We shall wait and see.

Henry Ford

Obviously more proof that the minimum wage is Nazism and Jew-hating.

I wasnt a big fan of the Black Pits, and thought the new characters were mostly unnecessary, given modders can and have been doing better with new party members for years.  But Chris Avellone, former Black Isle writer for Baldur's Gate/current Obsidian employee/creative lead for Pillars of Eternity, appears to endorse it.

Also based on the screenshots, it looks like they might be taking advantage of the age of the IE engine and greater computer processing power to produce bigger battles.  That would be nice, if it were the case.

Or Kill Me / Re: Children of the Strange Times
« on: July 14, 2015, 09:36:02 am »
Except, no, again you are wrong:

Lovecraft’s racial biases ran deep and strong, as evidenced by his stories–from exotic locales with tropic natives lacerating themselves before mad gods in acts of “negro fetishism” (Call of Cthulhu), to descriptions of a black man as “gorilla-like” and one of the world’s “many ugly things” (Herbert West — Re-animator). This was no abstract part of Lovecraft’s creative process, where he was trying to imbue his work with some hint of realism. Rather, these were expressions of his foremost thoughts, a key part of his personal beliefs, most notably his virulent xenophobia towards an increasingly diverse American society emerging outside of his Anglo-Saxon New England.

In his 1919 short The Street, the United States is represented as being colonized by “good, valiant men of our [Anglo-Saxon] blood who had come from the Blessed Isles across the sea” until ominous newcomers arrive, “swarthy, sinister faces with furtive eyes and odd features, whose owners spoke unfamiliar words ….”They brought with them alien thoughts, and had come to “tear down the laws and virtues that our fathers had exalted; to stamp out the soul of the old America – the soul that was bequeathed through a thousand and a half years of Anglo-Saxon freedom, justice and moderation.” These swarthy men living in “rotting edifices” were “the brains of a hideous revolution” and “at their word of command many millions of brainless, besotted beasts would stretch forth their noisome talons from the slums of a thousand cities, burning, slaying, and destroying till the land of our fathers should be no more.” Eventually, the sinister hordes are destroyed when their squalid homes (referred to as an infested “nest” filled with “stench”) collapse, burying and killing all their kind in a genocidal apocalypse.

A similar story of foreign contagion, The Horror of Red Hook, goes full tilt into the race-baiting, with such wonderful descriptive characters as “an Arab with a hatefully negroid mouth.” Charming.

One can find direct parallels between the racist imagery in his personal letters and his depicitions of revulsion, horror and degeneracy in his writings, where he is using the exact same words to describe non-white immigrants as he does to describe cosmic horrors.

Well, consider me pleasantly surprised

"Fate leads him who follows it, and drags him who resist." -Plutarch

Though Sarevok is dead and his plan for war averted, peace eludes the citizens of Baldur's Gate. A crusade marches from the north, seizing supplies, forcing locals into military service, and disrupting trade along the Sword Coast. A charismatic warrior known as the Shining Lady leads this army, her background shrouded in mystery. Can the rumors be true—is she, like you, the child of a god?

The closer you get to the Shining Lady, the more you realize your father, the dead Lord of Murder still casts a long shadow upon your path. Baldur's Gate has put its faith in you, but you must determine whose interests you truly serve before you face the Shining Lady among the ruins of Dragonspear Castle...

Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear adds a new chapter to the Bhaalspawn saga. The events occurring between Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate II are at last revealed in this 25-hour expansion pack for Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition.

25 hour expansion pack is not to be sneezed at.  For sake of comparison, that's longer than the stated play time of all the Mass Effect 3 DLC put together.

From what I can recall of Forgotten Realms lore, Dragonspear was a favoured target of the city of Baldur's Gate, mostly because the Zhentarim kept opening portals to the Nine Hells there.  Reasonably enough, the Grand Dukes didn't want the Blood War spilling out into the western heartlands.   And tunnels connected it to the Underdark.  So demons, undead, Zhents and possibly drow are potential enemies, alongside the hordes of monsters which infest the High Moor.  And maybe another Bhaalspawn.  Because they've all proven pretty stable in previous games.

I think my girlfriend's 6 yr old son may be dislexic.  I was under the impression that that's too you to tell, but I was wondering if anyone could point out a "giveaway"

Nothing that you couldn't get from Wikipedia, I'm afraid.  There's some overlap with ADHD behaviours, I wouldnt treat that as a definite sign however.

Well, I don't know about "good"...I was watching it at 5am and a drink after the last 30 seconds was mighty tempting.  But I get what you mean.

We'll see.  School would mean dyslexic children, but it would be in with the younger boys.  Plus it's in the middle of fucking nowhere, on a giant country estate.  It's super fucking quiet.

I used to assist teaching dyslexic kids, way the fuck back in the stone age when I was in university.

It's not so bad.

I think some of my primary students were dyslexic, back when I was doing that.  They showed a lot of the indications, and I enjoyed teaching them.

As far as I can see, from the pastoral POV, the main "problems" are a) bundles of energy and b) low self-esteem.  The former is fine because I could stand to be more active anyway, and the latter...well, I've been in boarding houses with teenage girls who had enough self-esteem issues to warrant their own psych unit.

And in other news, printed off a billion fucking articles about gangs on my street for tomorrow's meeting

We'll see.  School would mean dyslexic children, but it would be in with the younger boys.  Plus it's in the middle of fucking nowhere, on a giant country estate.  It's super fucking quiet.

I was surprise interviewed for the post above the one I applied for today.  Which I didn't know was open.  I think that is a good sign.


Not what you think from the title or opening words.  Stick with it.

Discrodina Scieoty 2150 - for a better tomorrow.

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