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by Terebrant
Wed Sep 21, 2011 12:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mississippi's Personhood Amendment
Replies: 594
Views: 55081

Re: Mississippi's Personhood Amendment

No one to mention that women who have sex with women can still get raped by men and pregnant and that wanting people to take birth control preemptively is a really bad idea? I don't recognize the echochamber...
by Terebrant
Tue Feb 08, 2011 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: GOP Protect Life Act...doesn't.
Replies: 548
Views: 49132

Re: GOP Protect Life Act...doesn't.

Stop calling me a murderer. I am not one. Stop it. I'm not. I'm saying that to a pro-life doctor, performing an abortion would make them, in their minds, a murderer, and it makes sense that they would choose not to do that, even if performing one would save lives. Wow, that's quite impressive as fa...
by Terebrant
Sat Nov 27, 2010 2:12 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Game Master/Dungeon Master Conference Hall
Replies: 216
Views: 44353

Re: Game Master/Dungeon Master Conference Hall

I came across something which made me wonder for a while. In the end, not getting the player back to the table seemed the easiest way to deal with the apparently irreconciliable playstyle and let everyone have fun, not together. A few things could have helped but I am curious about what those who re...
by Terebrant
Sun Nov 14, 2010 12:19 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: A Name For A Gaming Club
Replies: 15
Views: 8511

Re: A Name For A Gaming Club

If you have an emphasis on min-maxing, the COMputer and BOard breakers club ?
by Terebrant
Sat Nov 13, 2010 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2125
Views: 436794

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

Unknown Armies does some nice things to the d%-roll-below-your-skill mechanic: - having a certain skill as your specialty means you get to flip the 10s and the ones die (83 becomes 38) - hand-hand-to-hand damage is the sum of your dice (so 54 would deal 5+4=9 damage) +1 each for the weapon being bi...
by Terebrant
Sat Nov 13, 2010 1:16 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2125
Views: 436794

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

I have played around with patching RQ with a "roll 2d10, and read the result as a pair of d%". It worked reasonably well. (If both are under your target, you get a major success -- if one is, it is a minor success. If you roll a pair under your target, it is a crit.) Interesting and I don...
by Terebrant
Wed Nov 10, 2010 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9354155

Re: Momentary/Meandering/Meditations (Random like the plague

Anti-anchovy, eh? Well, that means pissaladière is out, but we might interest you in lahmacun...
by Terebrant
Mon Nov 08, 2010 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Game Master/Dungeon Master Conference Hall
Replies: 216
Views: 44353

Re: Game Master/Dungeon Master Conference Hall

The quickstart/Keep on the Shadowfell seems like a good idea to me. It is an average adventure but it is good for learning the mechanics and actually playing. It seems you don't have a specific campaign world or idea so it might help with that as it is also somewhat connected to two other modules. I...
by Terebrant
Wed Nov 25, 2009 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2125
Views: 436794

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

I am considering running a Puppetland game (the core rules can be found on the author's website ) over irc with some minor modifications to the rules (the most important one being that a session will last 2 hours instead of one) if there are xkcdians who express interest in it on next week's friday ...
by Terebrant
Fri Oct 30, 2009 10:11 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Movie night.
Replies: 511
Views: 78066

Re: Movie night. Nominate movies please

I nominate Once Were Warriors and Inuuvunga.
by Terebrant
Sun Oct 25, 2009 10:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Movie night.
Replies: 511
Views: 78066

Re: Movie night. Nominate short films?

by Terebrant
Sat Oct 17, 2009 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Movie night.
Replies: 511
Views: 78066

Re: Movie night. Nominations

I was thinking about a korean war film, there are few more that I would recommand compared to WWI but this night isn't about learning about obscure battles in a mostly forgotten war so I nominate : Battle on Shangganling Mountain (chinese film about that battle) Inchon (even if it is about a battle,...
by Terebrant
Mon Oct 12, 2009 1:48 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Movie night.
Replies: 511
Views: 78066

Re: Movie night. Please nominate.

Different genres but one time period : African Queen (not set in Europe) All Quiet on the Western Front (realistic depiction from a german point of view) A very Long Engagement (romance) Baruto no Gakuen (an often forgotten aspect of WWI) Chapaev (for the red army) Deathwatch (an horror film) Flyboy...
by Terebrant
Wed Jul 01, 2009 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Emoticon punctuation?!
Replies: 15
Views: 6309

Re: Emoticon punctuation?!

Isn't punctuation used to indicate (at least partially) how something would sound when read aloud ? If so the second one provides the necessary information.
by Terebrant
Wed Jul 01, 2009 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: How many different types of music do you listen to?
Replies: 85
Views: 10016

Re: How many different types of music do you listen to?

It seems that even though I listen to many different types of music there is a continuum between any two types. For example, I can go from jazz to baroque or noise to folk in a few songs without problem.

How is it for you ? Are there impermeable clusters ?
by Terebrant
Wed Jul 01, 2009 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: World of darkness
Replies: 323
Views: 45101

Re: World of darkness

Geist's quickstart is out, I skimmed it and it seems not that bad. From what I saw, it has a small DtF feel that I like.

Thoughts ?
by Terebrant
Wed Jul 01, 2009 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [UK] London - http://fourquartersbar.co.uk
Replies: 1549
Views: 442735

Re: [UK] London - Home of Literature, Time, & the Black Death

It seems I will spend one or two (probably non-consecutive) days in London somewhen between the 13th and the 17th of July to relax and visit museums.

My spoken english is pretty terrible but I would be happy to meet those of you who could make it for an impromptu meeting.
by Terebrant
Wed Jul 01, 2009 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sarkozy's Foot/Mouth Intersect
Replies: 127
Views: 8887

Re: Sarkozy's Foot/Mouth Intersect

Lucrece, trying to address the crap these users write might not be the best use of your time. They are ignoring information that doesn't fit their conclusion so discussion won't work. It seems there isn't anything to be gained here but here are some thoughts, it might make it go in another direction...
by Terebrant
Fri Jun 26, 2009 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sarkozy's Foot/Mouth Intersect
Replies: 127
Views: 8887

Re: Sarkozy's Foot/Mouth Intersect

I tried to put too much information for a post made past midnight. For example "it" referred to the one in the sentence "For that matter, what part of it is really relevant here? "... What is your point, precisely? I am not interested in debating so I don't really have a point to...
by Terebrant
Thu Jun 25, 2009 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sarkozy's Foot/Mouth Intersect
Replies: 127
Views: 8887

Re: Sarkozy's Foot/Mouth Intersect

For example : (Plus, I'd have to agree with Virtual_Aadvark's post on the likely outcome of such a law.) KF And once more, to reiterate: the main result of this entire 'controversy' is to spread the false notion that the burqa is (...) often encouraged (...) among [french] Muslims. KF In another thr...
by Terebrant
Thu Jun 25, 2009 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sarkozy's Foot/Mouth Intersect
Replies: 127
Views: 8887

Re: Sarkozy's Foot/Mouth Intersect

It seems many are missing necessary information to understand the situation. French muslims mostly come from Maghreb and live in urban setting (probably part of the reason why Kizyr experience doesn't translate for a number of subjects), some of which are ghettos, there is little social mobility in ...
by Terebrant
Thu Jun 11, 2009 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words that you are sure exist, but can't find
Replies: 225
Views: 86017

Re: Words that you are sure exist, but can't find

Could it be "vessel" ?
by Terebrant
Tue Jun 09, 2009 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Strangers telling women to "smile"
Replies: 212
Views: 27410

Re: Strangers telling women to "smile"

Even then, I will quote ST because it is very relevant for the claim that it isn't demanding : Also, what's with the assumptions? I may not want to see your pretty smile. Hell, I might not think you pretty at all. But if I still want you to be happy, I'd ask you to smile. Maybe you are happy and not...
by Terebrant
Tue Jun 09, 2009 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Strangers telling women to "smile"
Replies: 212
Views: 27410

Re: Strangers telling women to "smile"

Do you realize that according to what they wrote they would give a meal with an allergen without telling to someone who would suffer from it just because they happen to like it and they want to impose feelings on others ?
by Terebrant
Mon Jun 08, 2009 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lesbian Separatism
Replies: 190
Views: 13858

Re: Lesbian Separatism

Also, I remember Separatism and Women's Community by Dana Shugar was a decent introduction to the subject even if it dates from the 90s.
by Terebrant
Sat Jun 06, 2009 9:17 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Accidentally ingesting insulin
Replies: 26
Views: 33087

Re: Accidentally ingesting insulin

It depends on the spike, natural spikes are still quite different from those used in diabetes so the comparison isn't easy. I looked at the study linked by qetzal and it looks like there is a difference from what I know about how type 1 diabetics reacts (they would have had a lower glycemia). quetz...
by Terebrant
Sat Jun 06, 2009 12:01 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Accidentally ingesting insulin
Replies: 26
Views: 33087

Re: Accidentally ingesting insulin

Not an M.D. either but I will try to give some answers. For the first situation, I would say no one was right. If it was injected in the bloodstream (it is not that common unless there is already a KT) you probably would rapidly experience a mild hypoglycemia although not something dangerous and in ...
by Terebrant
Fri Jun 05, 2009 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 14- and 15-year-olds charged as adults for sexual assault
Replies: 201
Views: 11417

Re: 14- and 15-year-olds charged as adults for sexual assault

I doubt you can get a useful justice system without including vengence in it. It might be because I have a low opinion of humans but I think it is way more probable that people will ignore the "official justice" and do "justice their own way"...
by Terebrant
Mon Jun 01, 2009 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NHS will now pay for acupuncture
Replies: 173
Views: 13429

Re: NHS will now pay for acupuncture

"It works by the same mechanism as a placebo, but unlike a placebo, it isn't based on lying about a cure to control an experiment. It is placebo. What? A placebo is a control pill in an experiment. It's only a placebo if you pretend it's actually another, potent drug to make sure people aren't...
by Terebrant
Sat May 30, 2009 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Secretary of the Internet?
Replies: 15
Views: 1897

Re: Secretary of the Internet?

scrovak wrote:I can't argue, though, because I could not imagine a system that would work better and be more ameanable to the general public myself.

Perhaps you could argue for the absence of system ?
by Terebrant
Fri May 29, 2009 12:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Germany bans prenatal DNA tests.
Replies: 23
Views: 2574

Re: Germany bans prenatal DNA tests.

Oh, and it is still illegal to discriminate people based on genetics, whether the genetics information comes from visual clues or chemical tests. This only seems to apply after birth. Yes. On people. I don't see the problem about discrimination against eggs. I can see the stupidity of this, but not...
by Terebrant
Thu May 28, 2009 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NHS will now pay for acupuncture
Replies: 173
Views: 13429

Re: NHS will now pay for acupuncture

Heisenberg: You're assuming that they stack. If Hei-lenol reduces pain for an hour, and a placebo also reduces pain for an hour, it's not reasonable to assume that Hei-lenol would reduce pain for two hours due to the placebo effect, therefore Hei-lenol is not doing anything. It's entirely possible ...
by Terebrant
Thu May 28, 2009 8:30 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Almost empty genres you'd like to see games for
Replies: 59
Views: 6358

Re: Almost empty genres you'd like to see games for

Core Wars is my favourite but I would recommand Robowar if you haven't tried it yet. I am not sure I was clear, I am not that interested in a game with multiple puzzles and you program AIs to pass them to advance in a story but rather like making angband borgs (and in mangband you can make some have...
by Terebrant
Wed May 27, 2009 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: French Verbs?
Replies: 7
Views: 1285

Re: French Verbs?

I agree with you the eleventh sentence is really weird (I didn't notice this morning). The sixth sentence isn't very natural to me, but I am confident they expect a present subjunctive: Maman désire que la famille aille à la côte de la Bretagne pour passer les vacances . J'ai mis en gras ce qui me ...
by Terebrant
Wed May 27, 2009 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: French Verbs?
Replies: 7
Views: 1285

Re: French Verbs?

Am I the only one who have a problem with the sixth sentence ? Also, some of these could accomodate more than one answer.

I don't know what the answer to the eleventh sentence should be, I wonder if it is because of some expression I am unfamiliar with.
by Terebrant
Wed May 27, 2009 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Military Draft
Replies: 124
Views: 10154

Re: Military Draft

Then you wouldn't be fighting for your country... Why would you fight for the abstract of your country? I'd fight for the people of my country, even then it would be fighting to protect the people I know. So what if it's not your country that your fighting for rather a larger set that contains the ...
by Terebrant
Wed May 27, 2009 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: calligraphy
Replies: 9
Views: 6713

Re: calligraphy

If you just want to try or do a few projects you can probably learn what you need online. I would recommend doing a few small projects to see if you still like it after practice. A small advice, the stroke order might seem inconsequential at first but it isn't. Otherwise, Claude Mediavilla's Calligr...
by Terebrant
Wed May 27, 2009 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Military Draft
Replies: 124
Views: 10154

Re: Military Draft

Then you wouldn't be fighting for your country...
by Terebrant
Wed May 27, 2009 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Almost empty genres you'd like to see games for
Replies: 59
Views: 6358

Re: Almost empty genres you'd like to see games for

3D beat'em up, RTT, space flight sims and programming games could certainly use some diversity. A programming game with a good story and oriented toward non hardcore player would be cool, also space flights sims taking into account multiple engines on a ship.
by Terebrant
Mon May 18, 2009 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: calligraphy
Replies: 9
Views: 6713

Re: calligraphy

So initials should be here, could we extend that to miniatures in general ? For metallic inks, I liked Rohrer & Klingner's but don't have a lot of experience with it. Not as good IME, but still ok, and maybe more easy to find are game's workshop's inks but they are pricier. I tried using a glass...

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