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  1. I should like to caveat my earlier comment by saying that I'm extremely fond of the 18th century precisely because they thought science was simple.


    It was, like "Send out two ships! One shall have salt lemons! The other shall have salt mice! We'll soon crack this scurvy nonsense! Bwahahah!"


    Yes, but being fond of the past doesn't mean wanting to actually live in it*, let alone restrict yourself to the intellectual prejudices and, to be frank, idiocies, of it.


    * I've tried. The plumbing is appalling.

  2. essentially it just LOOKS ultra good. A lot of purchasers choose based on that. Modern military uniforms are bloody genius, but a $1000 italian bespoke suit is for some reason 'better dressed;'  :)


    Isn't this the secret of every Mac product? It's shiny and overpriced, therefore it must be worth it... right? Right?

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  3. The real question is what we should do. I mean, normally you give something to the birthday child, though I'm not sure I want to know what an Obs-board-designed game would look like*.


    *Obviously, it would have to be set in the fabulous Bowl-World® setting, possibly involving much Fighting In Tunnels.

  4. You should try living in Australia...


    Some states are GMT+9:30 some GMT+10. Easy enough. Except some of them have daylight savings and some don't. Part of the yaer, you'll be either half an hour ahead or behind of the rest, without actually going anywhere ;)


    For a fun experience (been there, tried it a couple of times), fly from Auckland to Los Angeles. Taking off at 18:00 and after 10-12 hours of flight, you'll land at 16:00 the same day. Talk about time travel :)


    You should 'phone yourself when you arrive.

  5. I agree that causality itself is an illusion. Any attempt to prove otherwise will rely upon causality and be self-referential.


    The world is not an amalgam of objects in space; it is a heterogeneous series of independent acts - the world is successive, temporal, but not spatial.


    Would you agree, incidentally, that mirrors and copulation are abominable, because they increase the number of men?


    The stars are only known to be relative in size based on the wavelength of light they emit (since larger stars have more mass and more powerful fusion reactions)

    The Sun doesn't have hydrogen gas or liquid in it, the Sun doesn't fuse atoms to create energy either, its God's light.


    In ipso vita erat,

    et vita erat lux hominum:

    et lux in tenebris lucet,

    et tenebræ eam non comprehenderunt.




    ἐν αὐτῷ ζωὴ ἦν, καὶ ἡ ζωὴ ἦν τὸ φῶς τῶν ἀνθρώπων. καὶ τὸ φῶς ἐν τῇ σκοτίᾳ φαίνει, καὶ ἡ σκοτία αὐτὸ οὐ κατέλαβεν.


    (Jn 1:4-5)

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  7. I mean the academically prized notion of a learned paper looking at both sides of a subject through loose discourse summarising with a "well we've looked at both sides and aren't we clever". I know philosophy, and probably Greek philosophy, must have come upw ith a word for it. Otherwise I wouldn't have been taught it in school.


    I say 'taught'. Obviously this would have been as a teenager so I was too busy scheming access to boobs to listen to ancient Greek.


    I love being this ill. It's like being drunk without the social conscience.


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  8. Nah! This just means that Obsidian will have to pitch to EA instead.

    If EA likes Obsidian's pitch then Obsidian will be able to make the game, EA will obviously be the publisher though.


    And again, Obsidian can use KoTOR2 as a showcase as to what they can do with Star Wars.


    Now, depending on the type of game Obsidian would want to make, they could take advantage of EA and DICE and BioWares efforts on using the Frostbite engine for RPGs.


    The EA announcement on Star Wars was just for EA to show off and also do some PR for it's studios.

    But EA also loves money, and iuf they see profits in apitch by Obsidian they'd be stupid not to go for it! :)

    At least EA understands gaming way better than Disney, so the odds may just have improved.


    OEI's pitch is a dead letter. EA is not going to take an external developer with a record like OEI's when they have Bioware as part of their portfolio - which in business terms is a much surer bet.

  9. EA has the license to make Star Wars games for the next few years: http://ea.newshq.businesswire.com/press-release/company-news/walt-disney-company-and-ea-announce-multi-year-star-wars-games-agreement



    BURBANK & REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) and Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) today announced a new multi-year exclusive licensing agreement to develop and publish globally new games based on Star Wars characters and storylines.


    Under the agreement, EA will develop and publish new Star Wars titles for a core gaming audience, spanning all interactive platforms and the most popular game genres, while Disney will retain certain rights to develop new titles within the mobile, social, tablet and online game categories.


    “This agreement demonstrates our commitment to creating quality game experiences that drive the popularity of the Star Wars franchise for years to come,” said John Pleasants, Co-President of Disney Interactive. “Collaborating with one of the world’s premier game developers will allow us to bring an amazing portfolio of new Star Wars titles to our fans around the world.”


    “Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe,” said EA Labels President Frank Gibeau. “Three of our top studios will fulfill that dream, crafting epic adventures for Star Wars fans. DICE and Visceral will produce new games, joining the BioWare team which continues to develop for the Star Wars franchise. The new experiences we create may borrow from films, but the games will be entirely original with all new stories and gameplay.”

    Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.


    This is pretty much an announcement that Bio is making another KotOR - and that OEI isn't in the running. This, of course, fits with Disney's approach to the SW franchise: milk it for all it's worth.

  10. So that is why the British keep posting "Ding Dong the Witch is dead" on twitter.


    I agree with their sentiment.



    From your intimate knowledge of the subject, living halfway around the world and an ocean away from the United Kingdom.



    I knew she was disliked, but I'm surprised by the vehemence seen from people on her passing.



    It's particularly... interesting to note in those too young to have even seen her resign. The word indoctrination might seem a little extreme, but then, so is the reaction on both the Left and the Right. Particularly given that, you know, she resigned in nineteen-ninety.


    The only person who still cared about Stanley Baldwin in 1950 was Churchill.



    Slashdot had a good joke about installing a pay toilet above her grace as a way to pay for it.



    Her ladyship. She was given a barony, not a dukedom.




    Every whine and piece of childish vitriol just reinforces how much she eviscerated the Left. Good.


    I am old enough to remember the three day week, electricity cuts, unburied bodies and no bread in the shops in the 1970's under the Socialist grip of the Labour Government, who couldn't do anything without the agreement of the Trades Unions. Besides, some of the most egregious bull**** about Margaret Thatcher is from kids who probably don't even remember her time in office.


    This is the woman who recognised Gorbachov as a man the West could do business with. Some of the intellectual pygmies attacking her legacy are beneath contempt.


    RIP Baroness Thatcher.


    3 day week? :huh:



    The Three-Day Week. A Conservative screw-up, but still illustrative of the chokehold the union leaders possessed.



    After reading a bit of Wiki, I feel like the problems she had to deal with were more to do with the fact that the nation still had a Royal Family and less that they were "moving into the 21st century!"


    What on Earth does the royal family have to do with it?


    Well nationalised a fair while ago, but though technically under the governments auspices it was mostly the NUM (national union of mineworkers) who ran the show in reality through striking and picketing. Some attribute the fall of Mr Heaths government to their industrial action, can't remember whether that was 73 or 74. 


    The second election of (October) '74. "Who governs Britain?", and all that.

  11. Kestelman is a great actress with a wonderful voice. She's definitely got the chops to do a first-rate job as the narrator, and it'd be a significant boon for the game to be voice-acted by people of that calibre (if and where possible). Additionally, while her voice is recognisable, it's hardly ubiquitous, and Kestelman has demonstrated in her career enough different characters that it need not be a Kreia-clone. :)

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