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    Man I'd kill for some fast food at not shoddy hospital grub at this point. Keep it coming guys, eat great for me wink.png

    food in hospitals is purposeful nutritious, but none too appealing. the beds allow one to rest, but they is not particular comfortable.  you is s'posed to wanna leave hospitals as soon as possible.  is likely a good sign that you want something better. 


    even so, we typical managed to sneak in burgers to our sister when she were in the hospital... we even brought her dog (a small thing that easily fit in a backpack) to see her a couple times... much to the chagrin o' the nurses.  our sister weren't even a burger fan, but for some reason, she always wanted squeeze inn burgers.


    HA! Good Fun!


    The stress caused by uncomfortable hospital conditions would not be conducive to recovery from any real illness or injury. American hospitals, at least, are almost all profit-driven and owned by insurance companies; they frequently have fast food franchises in their cafeterias. It's not a matter of some ill-considered concept of "making people miserable will make them recover more quickly," it's a matter of "use the cheapest products that patients and their families will tolerate to maximize profit margins."

  2. They need more donations to make a new campaign for Shadowrun Returns?


    They ought to at least do a kickstarter for a real cyberpunk RPG without magic or Tolkien races or dragons magically appearing out of the ether at the advent of the supposed Mayan "apocalypse" (as interpreted by Christians, who of course take pagan calendars as legitimate as canon scripture.)

  3. It occurred to me that it's still legal for animals (re:dogs) to sexually harass/assault humans. Why is it still socially acceptable for a dog to attempt to rape a person? Just because a leg can't be penetrated doesn't mean there was no attempted rape. No, it's not cute, it's disgusting. Yet somehow the victim becomes the villain just for defending themself. If you think of your dog as your "baby" then why are you content to watch your child attempt a rape in front of you? 


    tl;dr I learned today not to go to parties hosted by people who have dogs.

  4. As expected, most of the people who spent the last year or two deriding the game before its release like it now that it's out.


    But what they did with combat was just inexcusable. No real tactics, no if-then conditions for AI, etc. Aside from that, it's shaping up to be a solid 8-9/10.


    What do these dragons have, 20,000 hit points? Went after my second dragon, Storm Coast island one, and didn't seem to be getting any where with it. Just a slight dent in its hot point bar before i said screw it and let my last person die. Went back to Skyhold and crafted some better weapons and armor, see how this goes.

    Are you playing on Casual modo? That Storm Coast's Based Dragon (since when were there giants? Why do they matter when your first encounter with them is watching one get rectally-ravaged by a dragon?) had 46,000 HP when I went in at level 6-ish. And then I fought a human rogue boss in Orlais, circa level 14, with more HP than that High Dragon.


    Makes perfect sense.

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  5. All of these are classic story tropes.


    And what else would you call an opening that people enter and exit from? For the record, in DA3, they don't call them portals. They call them rifts. So even by your own logic, you're wrong.

    Yeah, it was old when Jason and the Argonauts had to sail around to 50 islands in the Aegean to close Hades' Porticos.

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  6. I am looking forward to this. It looks pretty and it has a huge world for you to explore. Mix that with Bioware's storytelling and you have yourself a deal.

    What, like the storytelling in Dragon Age II? Or the storytelling in Mass Effect 3? How much of it have you played, that you can state with certainty that the game world is huge and explorable?

  7. I was sooooooper-doooooooper excited about it (Second Coming of Alpha-Centauri and all that jazz,) but then I did research and it sounds like a Civ V mod, so I'll wait for a 50+% discount on Steam. Whilst playing Civ V: BNW off-and-on the whole time.


    From what I understand, it sounds like a replacement of barbarians with tentacle monsters of varying sexuality and replacement of interesting historical Civs with less interesting fictional space-Civs.

  8. It's that part of the year when finding any sort of joy is hard to find. I hate rain and snow so much. Tough times at work. Stock market is shaky and I declined to try out the whole real estate thing I was talking about some time ago. I have also felt rusty the last few days.


    I need a vacation.

    I'd recommend Zion, personally. Unless you're afraid of heights or not sure-footed. I confirmed that I am close to Bighorner-status in footwork when scrambling up the Canyon Overlook and Angels' Landing trails.


    Incidentally, there is nothing legally disclosable between Vegas and St. George, UT, so fill up that gas tank.



    My aunt died two days ago and I'm swamped at school... Not much else to report.

    I have a lot of aunts and there is a specific one whose death I would not mourn. And I have Al-Jebr homework to do. JUUUUUUUUUUUST SAAAAAYIN'

  9. Valve isn't a public forum, if you want to give ****ty press via twitter then you're subject to the powers that be in distributing your product (Valve.) Unfortunately for the knucklehead in question, I've got a better understanding of both human nature and economics, so I can't help but side with Valve.


    Zealotry is named for a bunch of people who killed themselves, after all. Josephus had half a goddamn brain and used it.

  10. Finished Neverwhere, more than halfway through Good Omens. Anathema Device is the best name ever conceived. The AC organizing an Inquisition against witchcraft is gripping stuff.


    Neverwhere needs to be remade as a TV series with the BBC Radio cast.

    With additional seasons/series as the novel ending is blatantly a declaration of sequel-itis



    Although it should be patently obvious what the ending of Neverwhere is given the nature of humanity. It's obvious from the start how it's going to end, but that's not a flaw on Gaiman's part. One of those "it's not the destination, it's how you get there" sort of things. It really feels like a setup for a broader media franchise, at least from the perspective of someone who couldn't possibly have seen the original TV series back in the '90s. And whom is tainted by the talents of today who performed the radio-play.



    Not that I want Benedict Cumberbatch and Anthony Head to get sucked into what may or may not be a black hole, but I do want Natalie Dormer to be the one who makes fools of them through that means.



    I had to repeatedly check the wiki for Dragon Age II choices. I seem to have blocked parts of it from my memory.

    I don't recall a Dragon Age 2, so I assume I blocked the entire thing.


    Maybe you renamed it "Dragon Age: Dread of the Roof-Dwellers" in your subconscious.

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  12. bTdZguD.jpg


    Ah, sneaky. Though it would be impressive to tie the two games in tightly with each other like this - even though certain victories get locked out.

    That's been a victory type in Civilization since the first game. The science victory was to be the first to reach Alpha Centauri.

  13. Got back from Zion.


    The Narrows:








    Virgin River near the Narrows:




    Zion Canyon from The Watchman (The buildings are, clockwise from the bottom: Employee housing, campground by the Visitors' center, Administration building and museum.)





    And from the Canyon Overlook trail:



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  14. This is an opinion piece which in no way declares "Ebola is airborne and there's a massive Bilderberger-Templar-Illuminati conspiracy to keep it secret." The commentators never go beyond making questions about the possibility of airborne transmission and what precautions, if it were aerosol-transmissable, might be effective in preventing its spread.


    They make vague statements like:

    No one knows for certain how Ebola virus is transmitted from one person to the next. The virus has been found in the saliva, stool, breast milk, ****, and blood of infected persons.8,9 Studies of transmission in Ebola virus outbreaks have identified activities like caring for an infected person, sharing a bed, funeral activities, and contact with blood or other body fluids to be key risk factors for transmission.



    They do not at any point declare that Ebola is aerially transmitted, and it is noted throughout the piece that it is an opinion piece, not a scholarly article subject to peer review.


    Is your hyperbolic scaremongering based on ignorance/poor reading comprehension or a deliberate attempt to discredit the medical community of which the authors of the article and the publishers of said article are a part?


    *Obsidian's naughty-filter has determined that the clinical term for jizz is a four-letter word necessitating censorship.

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  15. Until Hirohito Japanese Emperors were considered by law to be direct descendants of Amaterasu, a goddess. And nowadays ultranationalists and Shinto believers still do.


    That's the ultimate personality cult.

    That was only during the Meiji era, beginning in 1868 and ending in 1946. Modern Japanese overwhelmingly do not believe the emperor or royal family are divine. The British royal family gets more worship and adulation from around the world than any god does in Japan. The mandate of heaven, divine right, whatever you call it has always been a political mechanism to justify individual rule.


    For most of Japan's recorded history, it has been ruled by Shoguns for whom emperors were simply puppets or figureheads. If your rather hyperbolic generalization were true, that wouldn't be the case.




    In a 1911 article, the head of the Home Ministry declared that attendance at shrines was not a matter of religious faith but of respect for one's ancestors and the nation. In 1936, the Catholic Church's Propaganda Fide announced that visits to shrines had "only a purely civil value".[4] According to the religious scholar Jason Ānanda Josephson, It is inaccurate to describe shrines as constituting a "state religion" or a "theocracy" during this period since they lacked organization or doctrine.[5] Jolyon Baraka Thomas writes that the Empire of Japan's constitutional system "should be considered a secular system rather than a system of state religion."[6] However, American missionaries and Protestant groups they influenced continued to object to this classification.


    After the surrender of Japan American forces re-analyzed the data and determined that Japan had constructed a "state religion". In December 1945, the elements of this State Shinto were announced and privatized. On 1 January 1946, Emperor Shōwa issued a statement, sometimes referred to as the Humanity Declaration, in which he quoted the Five Charter Oath of Emperor Meiji and announced that he was not a kami and Japan was not built on myths. As a result of the privatization of shrines, Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, a monument to war dead, has become a "religious corporation".







    Figures that state 84% to 96% of Japanese adhere to Shinto and Buddhism are not based on self-identification but come primarily from birth records, following a longstanding practice of officially associating a family line with a local Buddhist temple or Shinto shrine.[3][4][5][6] About 70% of Japanese profess no religious membership,[7][8] according to "Operation World" (1993), 84% of the Japanese claim no personal religion. In census questionnaires, less than 15% reported any formal religious affiliation by 2000.[9] "Crossing the Gods" (2001) claims 64% do not believe in God, and 55% do not believe in "Buddha".[10] According to Edwin Reischauer, and Marius Jansen, some 70–80% of the Japanese regularly tell pollsters they do not consider themselves believers in any religion.[1]


    A 2008 poll carried out by the NHK Broadcasting Culture Research Institute and ISSP (International Social Survey Programme) surveyed 1200 Japanese people on their beliefs, and 39% of the surveyed people reported having a religious belief: 34% declared to follow Buddhism, 3% Shinto, 1% Christianity (0.7% Protestantism, 0.2% Catholicism) and 1% other religions.[11]

  16. Telling people essentially "read this/watch all this stuff, blindly accept it and adhere to my beliefs or you're an ignorant sheep who just thinks what they're told to" without a shred of irony isn't really the best tone to set for a thread from the outset.


    The human brain has already stopped your thread dead in its tracks, anyway. Confirmation bias and the backfire effect practically guarantee that you will change nobody's belief systems and nobody who argues against you will change yours.

  17. Oh boy, complaints about Mass Effect 3. And they're totally original ones nobody has ever made before!




    ....You got banned from BSN because you kept digging up old **** like this, didn't you? That's what's going on here, isn't it?

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