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RPG Ghetto / Re: Unified Vidya Games thread
« Last post by Ziegejunge on Yesterday at 05:02:11 pm »
I think you've sold me on Everything. I may check it out in the very near future.
Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« Last post by Ziegejunge on Yesterday at 04:41:06 pm »
A team of superheroes fight uptight and/or wingnut supervillains such as The Puritan, The Teatotaler, The Rednecromancer (who is trying to reanimate the confederate army), and Officer Buzzkill of the DEA (who attacks medical weed dispensaries)

Immediately made me think of the woefully underutilized Sunshine Superman and the Love Syndicate of Dreamworld:

I have a short fancomic incubating wherein Sunshine Superman loses his glass pipe and recruits the Love Syndicate to help him find it. The pipe was blown with a tiny sliver of Kryptonite in the glass -- otherwise he gets no effect from inhaling the devil's lettuce.

I doubt I'll get around to drawing it up any time soon, especially since I don't have too much worked out in the way of plot or resolution, never mind the fact that they're proprietary characters etc. I mostly just like the idea of Superman having a special pipe (and presumably and super-stash in his Fortress of Solitude, too.)
Greetings, Tart!
Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« Last post by Prelate Diogenes Shandor on Yesterday at 03:57:02 pm »
A sequel to Batman Forever focusing on a legal drama in which the Riddler takes several social media sites to cpurt claiming to have intellectual property rignts to the concept of data mining
How well do they handle thermal exposure? It's not really a great option, and if they're internal or carrying neurotoxin it's not a realistic option, but having a minor scalding once a day might beat living by "Moscow rules" all of the time hoping to avoid exposure.

I find myself wondering if a laser detector like they use for checking pulse and blood O2 levels might be capable of finding the things in the blood stream. If so it might be possible to use a wide angle scanner of similar concept over food or beverage before consumption. Keeping them outside of the body as much as possible would be the priority... once in the gut or resting in the sinuses and lungs there's no amount of flushing that could get them out unless you had a solvent that will wreck them and somehow not also damage tissue too badly... and again if they're carrying a bit of death inside destroying the housing is just a premature trigger.

So... I guess we're living in a low-magic version of Shadowrun going forward. Great. :|

AFAIK, these would be too large for the blood system.

For now...

Still that's conceptually easier to deal with. If they're about the size of a grain of black pepper they could still ride almost anywhere else. The idea of (I assume) infrasonic activation of a nanomachine is still upsetting and like you said almost impossible to detect short of literally going over someone with a fine tooth comb.

It could even be a sort of defense mechanism maybe. If they can be activated that way they might be able to set them for a sort of "double click" switch. Click 1 when in the sonic area, click 2 activating the tag when you leave the sonic area.

Your guards and authorized persons know not to go in THAT ROOM and the access code for authorized persons temporarily disables the sonic.

Everyone incidentally gets a dusting if they're in certain locations, even if only on clothes or shoes. Mostly this is harmless. If the sonics are still engaged the 1st "click" activates. Once the intruder leaves the area they light up like 4th of July for tracking and you get your audio feed straight to security as well... or possibly deploy a paralytic or worse so you can just go scoop them up.
Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Last post by Cain on Yesterday at 03:25:54 pm »
It was, though I read it quite a while ago - I can't actually remember how it ends.  I do remember enjoying it though. Speaking of hard science, The Expanse on Syfy is quite fun.  The books are meant to be pretty good as well.
Well they're Greek, and individualist anarchists, so it wouldn't surprise me either way.

Of course, that would just mean them sending a badly made firebomb in the post to where the Chicago Manual of Style lives.
Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Last post by Cramulus on Yesterday at 03:21:29 pm »
Yeah KSR is the standard bearer for hard-sci fi today.  He thinks of sci-fi writers as modern shamans - the people whose imagination really does become the reality of tomorrow.

The real-life Flag of Mars is actually a reference to his martian terraforming trilogy - red mars, blue mars, green mars.

I'm meaning to read 2312, if I ever get through all the nonfic that's on the top of the pile. It was good?
Did they declare jihad against the Chicago Manual of Style?
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