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  1. It's 6am and everyone at my small gathering has just gone home. A friend and I sat on the roof of my garage for the fireworks, having spent the evening on the computer reading Something Awful's Weekend Web's ridiculed forums and completing the Curse of Monkey island in under two hours. In between then and now, I lost
  2. Hmm. The first part of your problem could probably be solves with a border detection program. That takes an image and marks the images borders by detecting sharp colour changes. Someone with graphic art experience might be able to point you in the direction of one of these. Unfortunately, my work with maps is almost exclusively with maps of earth, and political ones more than physical ones. I'm afraid I have little experience in the field of topographical map generators. There's probably one out there, but I'm afraid I'm not directly aware of it. Sorry.
  3. I'm guessing that one of us would be me, but I'm afraid I've got no idea where you'd find such a program. I'm not aware of any program that generates maps from non-map images.
  4. Sorry, I thought you were making a comparison. I hope you didn't take my post as hostile, I find the comparison a genuinely interesting one.
  5. Well, if we're going to see another Roman Empire, it should be another few hundred years in the making. Here, you might like this. In any case, I think we're up to five Roman Empires now, so I don't think there's a danger of seeing a resurrected Holy Roman Empire (that's #3 by my count, anyway). "
  6. Pshaw. Bush didn't create the U.S.'s national debt, and I strongly doubt any president in the near future will take even a significant chunk out of it. If the people don't get back more in the way of services than they have paid into the system, they're going to want either more programs or bigger tax cuts. Since repaying the national debt would largely involve keeping taxes are roughly the same levels while cutting social programs and military spending, the plebs won't be happy about that. And when the plebs aren't happy, the politicians aren't elected. Trust me, the candidates will t
  7. Probably not long, but if the US ceased its foreign aid, that money would go into ineffective programs that please the public but worsen the debt. Democracy in the Western World is in its Largesse From The Treasury stage, and there is likely little that can be done to stop it now. The next stage is complete collapse and a slide into despotism. I hope that was suitably pessimistic for the tone of this thread.
  8. Ah, I see. Well, I don't think I agree with that position entirely (I do, but only up to a point), but I understand it now. Thanks. As a final question, just to grasp a basic but fundamental subtlety of your position, do you believe that a promise to do something confers upon the promiser a responsibility to carry out the action they have promised to take? If so, then does a broken promise confer a measure of responsibility for the consequences of breaking that promise?
  9. Can I ask, Hades, out of genuine curiosity, why given your statements that humanity cannot meaningfully be divided along the lines of race, and given your general despair about the crappy state of the single human race, you would bring up an argument like "They're not American"? You've confused me somewhere along the line as to why you care more about some guy in Maine or California more than someone in Iraq. Surely, taking the position of self-interest you at least seem to be espousing, you should look after and care for only those people whom you directly care about or have an interest
  10. Meh...I never really got Farscape. I hope you like it, though.
  11. Thats not entirely true, it rhymes... in places. Anyway it has meter and that is enough. <{POST_SNAPBACK}> Bah! If rhyme was good enough for Poe, Burns, Chaucer and Shakespeare, it's good enough for any upstart modern poet! Lousy stinkin' youngters thinkin' they know so much about poetry. *mumble* *grumble* Well, at least it's not free verse, so I suppose that makes it sort of okay. *ghrumble*
  12. Your parents are kinda...relaxed about certain themes, it seems. <{POST_SNAPBACK}> That, or kinda unaware about certain themes. "
  13. What with me being a teetotaler, my mother's boyfriend thought a nice gift for my 18th christmas would be some alcoholic chocolate. Mmm. Other than that, it's just books and DVDs this christmas. Oh, and book tokens. Mountains upon mountains of book tokens from aunts and uncles. Just because I'm the only one in the family who reads books doesn't mean that getting me a book token is more creative than the same value in cash you give to everyone else in the family! Sigh.
  14. I'm afraid I don't have a link, but the basic idea is that the universe is so complex that it would have to have a designer. At the most basic level, then, it actually says nothing about how the universe was created or how complex life came into being, and so is perfectly compatible with modern scientific thought on these issues. However, it's never quite so simple as all that. What was originally a theological argument, was adapted by Creationists to form an anti-scientific argument, and the original idea which posited a non-descript creator creating through what was probably the proces
  15. Complaining about the Big Bang being inaccurate as a point in the favour of creationism seems rather ironic to me, considering that some atheist scientists rejected it on the basis that it required there to exist a creator for a universe that was at come point created. To further add to the irony, the most prominent (atheist) cosmologist who denied the Big Bang theory, Fred Hoyle, was the one to coin the common creationist argument that the "chances that life just occurred are about as unlikely as a typhoon blowing through a junkyard and constructing a Boeing-747", yet was actually arguing
  16. My only real objection to Psionics is that it strikes me as being pretty out of place in the D&D settings. Psychic powers are the realm of Science Fiction games, not the traditional pulp high fantasy that D&D represents.
  17. Such Blasphemy! I want the science cirriculum to cover my religion's literalist crackpot creation story too!
  18. Yep, it's psychic powers. Who can aquire it has changed with the editions of D&D. IIRC, 1e D&D required that you have an 18 in intelligence and wisdom, rolled a 99-100 on a d%, and even then you had very limited abilities. In third edition it's much easier. Just like with becoming a sorceror, you need to be born with the power, but aquire it through class levels. Thus, anyone can become a psionic (provided you meet the ability requirements, which is probably something like 11 WIS or INT), and you're just assumed to have been born with the power and are only now manifesting it.
  19. Has an ill wife, you mean. I hope she's okay.
  20. Oh no, as I said, I'd like it for a lawn ornament. How does $50 sound? Hey, on second thought, you can actually go inside it, right? Might make a nice house...
  21. Since you won't be needing it any more, then, could I have that sign of yours out front that says "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free"? I think it would make a nice lawn ornament in my front garden.
  22. And that's the end of it all! Congrats, Jags!
  23. I love Wikipedia. I've spent many hours on the site just jumping from one article to another by clicking through the links to other articles in the one I'm reading. If I ever want to know something about anything, Wikipedia is the first place I look. I wouldn't cite it as a source--partially because of the stigma many academicians attach to it, but also because if something I'm doing requires sources, I'd be better off reading Wikipedia's reference section and citing those as my sources--but I find it to be a very accurate site, in the main (though the topics I look at are mostly unscien
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