Search found 84 matches

by Atarlost
Sun Jan 07, 2007 7:03 am
Forum: Under the Lemon Tree
Topic: You're jerking my chain
Replies: 55
Views: 16886

In Ben's place I'd go with a simple "being associated with pagan rites would hurt my marketability." Having grab bag pagans engaging in random idolotry on your property is a good way to lose your target demographic. Nobody wants their kids associating with new age pseudo-wiccans. The real thing aren...
by Atarlost
Tue Dec 19, 2006 7:05 am
Forum: Nip and Tuck
Topic: Christmas Card (12/19)
Replies: 17
Views: 5638

You know, some popor folks don't have monitors with resolution that high. The standard used to be you assume your audience has a display resolution of 800 by 600. It's still the best standard, but some people now go by the 1024 by 768 rule standard. Ralph, you have just violated the 1280 by 1024 sta...
by Atarlost
Sun Dec 17, 2006 3:22 am
Forum: NPC
Topic: We want Ralph back!
Replies: 36
Views: 3082

The problem, ultimately, is that these forums do not belong here. Since Ralph's comics are frequently political their forums require the same sort of moderating as the comments on a political blog. What is typical for a blog? The moderator has full administrative powers and uses them. Anyone who mak...
by Atarlost
Thu Dec 14, 2006 12:02 pm
Forum: NPC
Topic: OT: What should we do in Iraq?
Replies: 114
Views: 33403

It has been said that the only way to avoid shedding a sea of blood is to demonstrate your willingness to shed a lake of it at a moment's notice. It may not be true in all or even most contexts, but it's accurate in this one. The ummah must be cowed or exterminated, it cannot cease to be an unaccept...
by Atarlost
Wed Dec 13, 2006 7:10 am
Forum: NPC
Topic: Dec 12th The expansionists are back
Replies: 14
Views: 1307

What they call themselves isn't going to much matter. They must sommehow impose their semantics on whatever term humans use, whether magic or something new. This can be done, it's already mostly happened in reality. The concept of magic as just another science is oimplicit in nearly all roleplaying ...
by Atarlost
Mon Dec 11, 2006 7:23 am
Forum: NPC
Topic: Do we call ourselves wizards?
Replies: 78
Views: 5985

Actually, the real problem is that wizard has connotations of, well, wisdom. Have you ever known a legislative body or debating society to act wisely without first exhausting all possible follies?
by Atarlost
Sat Dec 09, 2006 10:57 am
Forum: NPC
Topic: What would the Racconans do?
Replies: 33
Views: 4372

For that matter, have they heard of the old testament? There's nothing in the New testament for people responsable for setting government policy. Nothing for arms of the state at all except "eschew corruption". There's a lot of stuff in the old testament, though, and none of it is pacifist. Take the...
by Atarlost
Sun Dec 03, 2006 1:11 am
Forum: NPC
Topic: Science v Scientism
Replies: 50
Views: 5514

I like the power Science has for settling disputes (ie, what's at the center of the solar system?) in definite ways instead of endless unproductive argument and war. Oh, that's just hilarious. You do realise the math works out just fine if the sun revolves around the earth, right? Or even if the su...
by Atarlost
Sat Dec 02, 2006 9:13 am
Forum: Nip and Tuck
Topic: 12/1 What the - Duct tape
Replies: 23
Views: 3222

Johns Law: Any interesting spaceship propulsion system is a weapon of mass destruction. The only difference is how long you have to wait for maximum effect. See Kzinti Lesson Dare I hope the people running the pursuit don't know what they're doing and have just gotten themselves a thermonuclear sunb...
by Atarlost
Wed Nov 29, 2006 2:33 pm
Forum: Nip and Tuck
Topic: Taser
Replies: 33
Views: 4251

My problem is with kid having so little basic safety education as to use a squirtgun or taser, much less both, on a spaceship. In the room with the navigational computer. Sensative electronics don't take well to having water sprayed on them, or to electric shocks. Any kid from a spacefaring society ...
by Atarlost
Tue Nov 28, 2006 9:37 am
Forum: Under the Lemon Tree
Topic: Here we go again
Replies: 36
Views: 11031

Believe it or not it actually is an anti-christian symbol.

http://www.bbhq.com/peacesin.htm

A neronic cross in a circle. For those who want to fiddle while the world burns. How appropriate.
by Atarlost
Fri Nov 24, 2006 4:30 am
Forum: NPC
Topic: Help stop the invasion
Replies: 73
Views: 7973

Additional unskilled labor is not of benefit to the American people commensurate with the social costs of mass immigration. Unskilled laborers and the children of unskilled laborers are statistically more likely than skilled laborers or their children to commit violent crimes or abuse the welfare sy...
by Atarlost
Thu Nov 23, 2006 7:37 am
Forum: NPC
Topic: Help stop the invasion
Replies: 73
Views: 7973

I think it won't work. Getting the government involved in moneylending is a surefire prescription for corruption. The solution is the opposite. End birthright citizenship and end all welfare. Put not a fence but a wall along both borders. Split the border patrol from the INS and put it under the dep...
by Atarlost
Tue Nov 14, 2006 1:57 am
Forum: Nip and Tuck
Topic: Nov. 13: Which way did he go, George?
Replies: 21
Views: 2989

While I think it unlikely, it's entirely possible that the FTL system they use could allow travel in any direction from point of origin, including 180 degrees from the normal space vector . Wouldn't that just confuse things? Still, it's now obvious that there's something like an FTL radio. Otherwis...
by Atarlost
Sat Nov 11, 2006 1:11 pm
Forum: Nip and Tuck
Topic: PostModernism.. Liberalism.. wtf?
Replies: 33
Views: 4125

For liberalism and totalitarianism to be opposites, liberalism would have to lead to different results. I think it does. I'm using an older defenition of liberal. A liberal is someone who desires liberty for his neighbor. The more people he includes in his defenition of neighbor the more liberal he...
by Atarlost
Fri Nov 10, 2006 1:23 pm
Forum: Nip and Tuck
Topic: PostModernism.. Liberalism.. wtf?
Replies: 33
Views: 4125

Liberal vs conservative is utter nonsense. The opposite of Liberal is totalitarian, not conservative and the opposite of conservative is progressive not liberal. Most conservatives are extremely liberal, often more liberal than progressives. The confusion comes from the fact that the progressives ha...
by Atarlost
Wed Nov 08, 2006 6:26 am
Forum: NPC
Topic: OT: What would YOU do?
Replies: 9
Views: 1451

Take over the world. If it can be scaled down to something that can look like a thermonuclear device it can be used to make tiny, undetectable citykilling micronukes. The only way to take the technology out of circulation is to rule all of humanity with an iron hand and ban one or more of the consti...
by Atarlost
Tue Nov 07, 2006 11:37 am
Forum: Nip and Tuck
Topic: Space Chase
Replies: 45
Views: 6636

Cruxshadows. Good stuff, not well known in the US. Nice, but not suitable for a space battle. Most rock really isn't. You want something modern and artsy. Postmodern classical and related genres. To me rock, particularly metal, proto-metal, and related genres, is, ironically, better suited to fanta...
by Atarlost
Tue Nov 07, 2006 2:41 am
Forum: Nip and Tuck
Topic: Space Chase
Replies: 45
Views: 6636

Budget, people. It's got to be either public domain or by someone desperate for exposure. There are a lot of good bands nobody's heard of that might work on a movie like this at a price Purloined Letter can afford, but PLS is based in the boonies and there aren't many good unheard of bands out there.
by Atarlost
Mon Nov 06, 2006 8:57 am
Forum: Nip and Tuck
Topic: Space Chase
Replies: 45
Views: 6636

Nah. They want something not instantly recognisable to the average filmgoer, but they can't afford to comission a score.