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by JamesP
Fri Jun 01, 2012 10:25 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Help name my child!
Replies: 83
Views: 12602

Re: Help name my child!

My only advice is to give them a full name, at least officially. Not Chris but Christopher, Alexander not Alex etc. There's still a lot of people (me included I must say) who get irked when it's Sam and not Samuel. I'd avoid "modern" names as well. Some names come in and out of fashion but...
by JamesP
Mon May 07, 2012 8:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Can there be a resolution to the Falklands/Malvinas issue.
Replies: 151
Views: 27975

Re: Can there be a resolution to the Falklands/Malvinas issu

As a kind of side-path to the conversation: Would it be fair to say that Argentina, if wanting to take the Falklands, has until the new British carriers come on-line to do so? After that Britain will have the strike capability to take them back (assuming that there are actually planes for them).
by JamesP
Fri Apr 13, 2012 7:37 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Can there be a resolution to the Falklands/Malvinas issue.
Replies: 151
Views: 27975

Re: Can there be a resolution to the Falklands/Malvinas issu

The British Isles have little need for a large defence force, Afghanistan is landlocked, Russia's navy is falling apart. All that we really need right now is to protect the Falklands and our UN/Anti-pirate duties. If we don't have the capacity to take them back then, well, better safe than sorry.
by JamesP
Fri Apr 13, 2012 7:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: North Korean rocket launch (womp womp)
Replies: 44
Views: 7811

Re: North Korean rocket launch (womp womp)

See: the Iraqi Rail-gun guy. Shame about him.
by JamesP
Sun Nov 13, 2011 11:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to resign
Replies: 39
Views: 9129

Re: Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to resign

I'm sure Berlusconi had a few secret deals with Eva's back-doors on occasion. 8)
by JamesP
Sat Nov 05, 2011 1:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 563890

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

The Russel Tribunal is pretty much pure theater- everyone knows what the outcome's going to be already. It's purpose is to further lower Israel's reputation in the international community.


The only problem is that they're exactly right.
by JamesP
Wed Nov 02, 2011 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Monologue- "Manhattan"
Replies: 0
Views: 4629

Monologue- "Manhattan"

If anyone recognises this then it's because I also posted it on PWoT, if that's not allowed then do be quick to tell me. I'm not sure how I feel about this- I don't write that much outside of silly poetry but I listened to the Talking Heads and couldn't resist writing a monologue. Any feedback is we...
by JamesP
Mon Oct 24, 2011 1:14 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: (Bad) Science in your dreams.
Replies: 16
Views: 5892

Re: (Bad) Science in your dreams.

Do you expect me to talk?

No, Mr Sandvich, I expect you to be delicious.
by JamesP
Sun Oct 23, 2011 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Omegle!
Replies: 701
Views: 132409

Re: Omegle!

I don't know why she left- I was just being a genuinely interested and caring person. Who happened to be Brian Blessed. You're now chatting with a random stranger. Say hi! You: HELLO! I'M BRIAN BLESSED. HOW DO YOU DO? Stranger: why hello! I'm Abbie You: ARE YOU FAMILIAR WITH MY WORK? Str...
by JamesP
Thu Oct 13, 2011 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Recovering from an apocalypse...
Replies: 41
Views: 8186

Re: Recovering from an apocalypse...

I think politics will be the most interesting part of an almost-apocalypse like this. In Britain, for example, London is densely populated and has a massive political corps and giant constabulary. Enough will survive out of the total survivors of 140'000, roughly, to maintain order. From this govern...
by JamesP
Tue Sep 13, 2011 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]
Replies: 338
Views: 161659

Re: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]

I'm actually Scottish so I should be able to speak English, but this is nagging me. "The first is whether the choice of Balliol was the right one- legally and pragmatically." Does this make sense? I'm trying to state that there's a debate over Balliol's inauguration as king of Scotland- bo...
by JamesP
Fri Sep 09, 2011 12:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Credible 9/11 anniversary terrorism threat
Replies: 79
Views: 9240

Re: Credible 9/11 anniversary terrorism threat

I think I read in Time (don't judge me) that Al-Qaida is pretty much like the National Front in Britain- They're still there and the focus of a lot of attention but the other terrorists don't take them seriously and they've very little sway. It's the other groups which we haven't infiltrated and bom...
by JamesP
Sun Sep 04, 2011 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 563890

Re: UN report into flotilla incident released

Does the P.A have territorial waters around Gaza or does Israel control them? If it's Hamas/The P.A's then I see no problem with Turkey escorting the ships. If it's Israeli then Turkey would be sending ships into Israeli waters which is probably illegal. This is probably obvious but bear with me. An...
by JamesP
Fri Sep 02, 2011 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Script Collab (Amazon Studios)
Replies: 1
Views: 3879

Script Collab (Amazon Studios)

http://studios.amazon.com/ Amazon is running a competition/ showcase... eh, thing, where you can write a film script and get it reviewed, compete for prizes and work together to attract the attention of film makers. Sound fun? Anyway, I'm planning on creating a script using an idea that's been, in v...
by JamesP
Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:55 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Clever-sounding but almost certainly not Chinese proverbs
Replies: 13
Views: 8225

Re: Clever-sounding but almost certainly not Chinese proverb

Set a man aflame.
Set a man alight.

But set him afire? Ew...
by JamesP
Fri Aug 05, 2011 12:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Parental Trolling
Replies: 99
Views: 18533

Re: Parental Trolling

You tell them about religon, kids'll believe anything.

Make them believe in machine spirits and the Omnissiah. Tell them they can't tell anyone till they're 15.
by JamesP
Fri Aug 05, 2011 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Apocalypse shopping
Replies: 82
Views: 10754

Re: Apocalypse shopping

I don't know what you mean, exactly, by "reasonable grounds" but if it's quite big then you could keep a few goats. Milk, cheese, butter all on tap. Chickens to if you can feed them.
by JamesP
Thu Jul 28, 2011 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Entertaining Yourself in Your Head
Replies: 77
Views: 12797

Re: Entertaining Yourself in Your Head

I generally tap out beats on whatever's in front of me. People generally get pissed.
Me- "But, but, it's Dreams by Fleetwood Mac! Listen: bamdabambambamdadabam"
Everyone in the room- "AAARRRRGHH"
by JamesP
Wed Jul 27, 2011 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: The Dark Ages RP (play-by-mail)
Replies: 0
Views: 3614

The Dark Ages RP (play-by-mail)

My descriptive skills will probably not suffice not make this sound as interesting/fun as I hope it is but, tally ho. This has been my pet project for the last few weeks and I've finally gotten it to a state that I think is playable, however, I have no way to test it because I have no players! Thus,...
by JamesP
Sat Jul 23, 2011 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Odd Power Surge
Replies: 5
Views: 1218

Re: Odd Power Surge

It's obviously because the Machine Spirit, impressed by your "l33t pwning skillz", decided to keep your game running so you could continue.
by JamesP
Mon Jul 18, 2011 4:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Vegetation in cities may soak up more CO2 than expected
Replies: 40
Views: 5108

Re: Vegetation in cities may soak up more CO2 than expected

For her jubilee the Queen is paying for a million Oak saplings to be planted. Coming from Scotland, where our natural broadleaf'd forests have been replaced by MILLIONS OF FREAKING UGLY PINES this is welcome. Anyway, I believe that the problem of road and pavement damage is tiny compared to the bene...
by JamesP
Mon Jul 18, 2011 4:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0926: "Time Vulture"
Replies: 85
Views: 21615

Re: 0926: "Time Vulture"

http://www.sens.org/

Take that, vulture!
by JamesP
Mon Jul 18, 2011 4:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0926: "Time Vulture"
Replies: 85
Views: 21615

Re: 0926: "Time Vulture"

You, good sir have won the forums! In recognition of this achievement I extend to you this laurel and a hardy handshake.

This comic was pretty existential for 5am. Definitly not going back to sleep now....
by JamesP
Fri Jul 15, 2011 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Which WW2 battle was more instrumental in defeating Germany?
Replies: 101
Views: 16142

Re: Which WW2 battle was more instrumental in defeating Germ

On this train of thought- Winston Churchill is a quite a nice metaphor for the latter years of the British Empire. A respected and quite powerful leader and politician with glories from the late 1800s to what seemed like his heyday from 1910-1925. However liberalism and pacifism dissolved the popula...
by JamesP
Fri Jun 24, 2011 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Let's ACTUALLY listen to each other's music!
Replies: 72
Views: 13849

Re: Let's ACTUALLY listen to each other's music!

I coulda sworn Solas Ane was going to become the Shire Theme for a moment there.I assume by school you mean University/ College? I know American's take 'band' much more seriously than the UK but that was very impressive for 'just' a school band. Usually I need to be in the right mood for classical m...
by JamesP
Fri Jun 24, 2011 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Mental Patient Uprising
Replies: 16
Views: 2902

Re: Mental Patient Uprising

I'm sure an uprising isn't the way to go. Document everything you can and contact the proper authorities. Give everything to a friend on 'the outside' so if something goes wrong they can keep pushing. The I'm not sure which country you're in but there should be some governing body you can contact. I...
by JamesP
Sun Jun 19, 2011 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What will the future look like, culture/career-wise?
Replies: 20
Views: 4870

Re: What will the future look like, culture/career-wise?

Either we implode and kill ourselves by using up all the resources or we, not unlike Dwarf Fortress, get to the point where 1% of the population can do everything for everyone else. I just hope that, not unlike Dwarf Fortressm we then decide on a species-wide megaproject. I vote we either colonise m...
by JamesP
Thu Jun 09, 2011 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: IKEA Hexadecimal Rug
Replies: 14
Views: 3381

Re: IKEA Hexadecimal Rug

Oh, crap! I forgot about the Bedroom Event. Better get my gimp-suit ready before all the best flanges are taken! I must of been pre-occupied with Kitchen-Kraziness and Toilet-Tuesdays.
by JamesP
Tue Jun 07, 2011 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: New College of the Humanities
Replies: 6
Views: 1562

Re: New College of the Humanities

Famous academics like Dawkins and Co are (in my experience) usually better teachers/lecturers than their lesser known colleagues. It may be because it's all science and IT for me but the professers are generally pretty... well they're nerds. Communication skills built up by interacting with the publ...
by JamesP
Mon Jun 06, 2011 7:02 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Animal Rights?
Replies: 283
Views: 34774

Re: Animal Rights?

Wait- setting fire to another animal for no reason wouldn't be immoral? If you were planning on eating the cat or using the carcass in some other way then killing it using humane methods could be considered moral but setting fire to it for no reason is fucked in the head. How about you strap it down...
by JamesP
Wed Jun 01, 2011 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Music Video; Is this acted?
Replies: 7
Views: 1497

Re: Music Video; Is this acted?

Choreographed. However that doesn't detract from the awesomeness of the video, despite the rubbish song.

3:06 - Falcon Punch!
by JamesP
Fri May 27, 2011 5:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Chinese prisons meet WoW
Replies: 202
Views: 10358

Re: Chinese prisons meet WoW

I've read communist propaganda in fairly pleasant conditions and I still get sick every time it's mentioned.

That's because I'm overly sensitive to shite.
by JamesP
Wed May 25, 2011 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Legitimacy of Israeli Land Claims
Replies: 214
Views: 17604

Re: Legitimacy of Israeli Land Claims

They have set up a system called Iron Dome, which can shoot down many short range rockets, but it's very expensive. Up until then, nobody in the world was able to shoot down rockets fired at such a short range. Interestingly there is a section at the bottom of the Iron Dome wiki page about Sky-guar...
by JamesP
Wed May 25, 2011 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Legitimacy of Israeli Land Claims
Replies: 214
Views: 17604

Re: Legitimacy of Israeli Land Claims

As an aside from a lurker: Why can't Israel just shoot down the rockets? I'm assuming they're fired indirectly (like artillery, not straight at the target) here so correct me if they aren't. I know at least one company that manufactures defensive, computer-aimed lasers that can be mounted on turrets...
by JamesP
Sat May 14, 2011 12:30 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.
Replies: 4596
Views: 710133

Re: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already

:oops:

I was still using the version the goes with the 'Newby's guide.'

God damn.
by JamesP
Sat May 14, 2011 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battlefield 3
Replies: 360
Views: 51359

Re: Battlefield 3

Consoles are massively underpowered in comparison to modern gaming PCs. For slightly cheaper than an XBox360 I bought a gaming PC (well, parts for one because I had a case, motherboard and RAM) that can run Arma2 at full graphics, draw distance and with thousands of AI units fighting each other in o...
by JamesP
Fri May 13, 2011 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.
Replies: 4596
Views: 710133

Re: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already

Danger What now? Baaack to the wiki. :D

Edit: Too much effort, Ill just train marksdwarves and hide behind my drawbridge. Maybe someday...
by JamesP
Fri May 13, 2011 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.
Replies: 4596
Views: 710133

Re: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already

I've only just got into DF, thanks in part to this thread, and things have- so far- been handleable. I'm up to 40 Dwarfs with steady food supplies and accomodation for everyone. I've even managed to get some industry going and have started producing steel. However dangerous animals keep appearing an...
by JamesP
Fri May 13, 2011 1:13 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Post when you die/Lose
Replies: 119
Views: 22076

Re: Post when you die/Lose

Men of War- Frontlines mode

I'd set up an intricate defence using overlapping fields of fire, minefield, trenches, artillery, anti-tank weaponry and sniper allys.

The Americans break through my lines with about 10 jeeps and an entire paratroopers squad riding on tractors.

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