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  1. 3 points
    Hermit

    Happy Tom Hanks Giving Day !

    No no, this is the day our nation is supposed to be using as a day of reflection and gratitude. See, in America there was this actual dinner where Colonists sat down with natives and they didn't try to kill each other. Mind you, you can argue that was the happy exception to a very sad rule, but frankly the folks protesting because of what happened after miss the point. Shouldn't we encourage the whole "Let's not be xenophobic ####s to each other and pass the gravy instead" mentality? I mean, that mentality would lead to a happier if somewhat stuffed world. One time we got it right, then war, genocides, and horrible cultural neener neeners. So the one time is worth trying to recreate. Of course, it also has to do with bounty of the land and how we should thank God or the Universe, or Bob who is the best shot in the village for the blessings on the table and in your life (Bob, it seems can not only nail a wild turkey at thirty paces, the guy gives great advice to young couples). Of course, you can be grateful AND Violent if you try (As Soccer games in England among the winning fans will attest) so moments like Sam Adams pushing a Revolutionary Congress to adopt it so our budding nation could be thankful despite the Brits occupying Philly. (Now a days, many would be thankful if the Brits took it back, but that's another subject, and you are allies now so it wouldn't be nice of us to inflict that on you. And I honestly thing turning over Detroit to a country would be tantamount to a declaration of war on them but I digress) Washington had his say too making the first nationwide one "as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God." Because we were free of British Tyranny, but not yet their excess 'U's in words like Favor. Lot of folks acting like Bill and Ted in Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey thanking God, but for a most excellent country (We weren't a global power then, and who knew what was happening in Albania back then really? Was there an Albania then? I digress) The date moved around a bit Then in the middle of the Civil War, Lincoln, motivated in part by editorials and perhaps as a morale boost sent out an official writing to announce a Thanksgiving in November that went something like "Life is full of ####, when you look at it, from just a Civil War point of view. But onward we must go, with the brother vs Brother show, so I'll give you something morale boosting and distracting now to do" (Monty Python would later improve these lyrics in Life of Bryan) . And for the longest time, the last Thurday in every november was Thanksgiving. WHAM (And I don't mean the band) the great Depression smashed into America because of under regulated banks and fat catS (Thank goodness the lobbyists tell us that can never happen again). And FDR said "You know what says thankful? Setting our holidays to be more retail friendly" and moved it up a week. The republicans were furious calling it a betrayal of Lincoln (And snarky comments had yet another reason to exist many many decades later but that should go in the Political thread) . Franksgiving was not a hit with some. But in December of 1941 it finally got compromised to be the 4th Thursday in November no matter how many thursdays that year's November would have. Understand, this was before mustaches were on the endangered species list, the whole 'Movember' facial hair breeding program was still a long way off. And the country breathed a collective sigh of relief because now it knew when to buy football tickets. Of course, FDR's 'helping retail' worked too well, and now glutted with more than turkey, the corporations wanted more. Thanksgiving was eventually seized in a hostile take over akin to the Trojan War. A santa showed up at a parade pretending to be an ally, but hidden in the sleigh were thousands of evil marketing elves who convinced everyone that it was perfectly right that the every store in the damn country get tarted up in red and green like a colorblind hooker hoping to distract folks from her fading allure by wearing the brightest bling possible. Thanksgiving had fallen like a French line strategy, a lot of pomp, a lot of good intentions, and then suddenly it was wondering why a guy named Claus had it on the ground with its bloomers down. Claus, thinking the war with Thanksgiving was done begin the blitzkrieg on Halloween, and that war continues. But there is a resistance! Folks who know that Thanksgiving is not about junk you buy that takes up space. It's about junk you buy that stuffs your face! It's about family, and appeasing them so you can think Karma will get them not you because you put up with them this year without expecting a present. It's a time to be grateful for everything you DO have, instead of what you might get; which means you're less likely to kill yourself when you later hear about what Congress has planned as supposed 'good ideas'. It's about hoping or praying for peace, even as you scream for the death of the little man in stripes who just called back your football team's touchdown! It's about remembering the one time in history some folks achieved the awe inspiring moment of two cultures sitting down without killing each other, and trying to recapture that moment. You didn't kill your sibling's spouse, even though he/she is a horrible horrible person. Yay you! Thanksgiving in America is about gratitude, humility, and hope As we rub it into the faces of starving nations everywhere that we have so much more than them that's WHY we have an obesity problem, suckers! We're that lucky, we've got fat POOR people! I oughta know, I'm one of them! Suck on that folks in that small African country I cannot remember! WOOO! USA USA! I... right.... it's about gratitude. And, yes, we're grateful for Tom Hanks too. Mostly we're grateful he's not another Will Farrell. We have one too many of those.
  2. 3 points
    Old Man

    Justice League Film

    The universe tried pretty hard to keep me from seeing this, but I have. It exceeded expectations somewhat. There sure is a lot of Double Knockback in this campaign.
  3. 3 points
    Cancer

    Another generation of gamers

    There's a significant portion of the physics majors at my department who are gamers. I have attempted to broaden their education in more ways than one.
  4. 2 points
    death tribble

    Happy Tom Hanks Giving Day !

    Yes ! Today is the day that Americans celebrate the work of the actor whose roles include Big, Forrest Gump, Bachelor Party, Saving Private Ryan, Sleepless in Seattle and Philadelphia. You honoured him with a day dedicated to him. So give on this day for all his good work. On Tom Hanks Giving Day or as you Americans shorten it T Hanks Giving Day. This has been your annual mockery from the other side of the Atlantic.
  5. 2 points
    Thia Halmades

    Happy Tom Hanks Giving Day !

    My word. Clearly the sight was changed and my preferences need updated.
  6. 2 points
    BoloOfEarth

    Happy Tom Hanks Giving Day !

    Better not forget Castaway, Apollo 13, Sully... Just don't let Mr. Hanks fly you, or fly with you, anywhere. Things will probably not go as planned. Considering it's coming from a country that brought us Boaty McBoatface and Gritsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Anti-Slip Machiney...
  7. 2 points
    Doc Democracy

    Mass Producing Pistols

    Or a 15 point social disadvantage - Financial problems, defined as 'loss-making manufacturing plant'. :-)
  8. 2 points
    Ranxerox

    Can we forgive old movies?

    Yes, we can forgive old movies (and books, and plays and comic books). What we can't do is insist that other people other people forgive them as well. For example, I love Will Eisner. The man was genius at visual story telling and created a large swath of the storytelling techniques that are used in comic books today. Beyond his talents as a creator, based on the stories that he chose to write, I believe he was a compassionate and honorable man. Unfortunately, he was also a product of his times, and without even being aware picked up the blatant racism of his day. So, yes I can love Will Eisner's work, but I can't ask anyone else to overlook the extreme racism in his depiction of blacks and Asians. If others find these portrayals as insurmountable obstacles to enjoying his work, I should not tell them to give him another chance, or to be more open minded, or to look at in historical prospective, or any garbage like that. I just need to acknowledge that they have a point and not try to foster my love of Will Eisner on them or judge them over our different perspectives.
  9. 2 points
    Pariah

    Monday Morning Music Trios

    Australia. The answer is Australia.
  10. 2 points
    dmjalund

    Headlights

    I would prefer 'Night Vision", usable by nearby 60 degree arc, Highly visible because that's what it actually does - and isn't that what Hero System is about?
  11. 2 points
    Logan.1179

    Another generation of gamers

    "We didn't ask questions back then!"
  12. 2 points
    Lucius

    Mass Producing Pistols

    No. Once the guy you gave the item to spends points for it, you don't have to. I don't understand why you think you do. You don't. If you make it and give it away and the guy you give it to does NOT spend the points, THEN, yes, you get stuck with the bill so to speak. But if they pay their own way, there's no reason for you to pay for them. As for having a pistol factory, if you absolutely have to have character points involved somehow, just buy some degree of the Wealth Perk and say "I own a profitable factory that makes pistols." If someone wants one of your pistols, and it's a superhero game, they can spend character points for one. If it's a heroic game, they can pay you money and get one. Lucius Alexander Palindromedary Enterprises - we sell more than just palindromedaries! (no pistols though)
  13. 2 points
    Iuz the Evil

    Another generation of gamers

    Conan the Destroyer got the weathered gamer dissection. He's rated the 1982 Conan highest, for "amazing dialogue". I have to give it to him, that movie is WAY better than I remember.
  14. 2 points
    Logan.1179

    Can we forgive old movies?

    I finally figured out why this was bothering me so much. This is not a yes or no question. In addition, "forgive" is an incredibly loaded word and means different things to everybody. I know that being raised Catholic (and turning atheist, like a lot of my fellow Catholics) it brings different baggage for me than it does for others. But that's not even the problem, either. I need to ask, what does it mean to forgive or not forgive an old movie? Disney's "Song of the South" has been removed from history. They won't even acknowledge that it ever existed. A lot of art has been deemed offensive by somebody and destroyed. Is that what it means to not forgive it? There's a persistent movement to ban "Huckleberry Finn" because it contains the word n!##er. Yet, it is still considered one of the greatest books in american literature.Less than ten years ago a group wanted to rewrite it so that it didn't contain the word at all. It didn't happen. Does that mean it has been forgiven? We're destroying statues from the Civil War in a desperate attempt to look like we're not endorsing slavery. These statues, like so many religious relics, were destroyed by the winning side and they will never come back, not even in a museum. History is constantly being rewritten to uphold a certain political view. Shakespeare's histories bore little resemblance to actual events, but today they are dominant images because they pleased the queen. Are these biased, inaccurate shows then forgiven? I don't like rewriting history for any reason, and I don't think that these works are for us to forgive or not forgive. I prefer to acknowledge that they existed and move forward. If the political views presented are such that they would be offensive in modern culture, we have the alternative to acknowledge them without endorsing them. It is acceptable to look at these things and say they existed, but I am glad that isn't the way it works today. No forgiveness or lack thereof is implied. we do not visit historical museums with the intent of forgiving (or not). History doesn't ask that we forgive but that we learn. If we decide not to forgive and ban it then we are saying steadfastly that we refuse to learn from it. "Song of the South" was a collection of classic folk tales beautifully animated. We could have a lot to learn from it. The statues of the confederacy should cause us to ask why they exist at all, but instead we have chosen to say it never happened and there's nothing to learn here. The horribly racist propaganda from films surrounding WWI and WWII have a lot to teach us. "This is the way the world existed once" is an incredibly important lesson... from every time period and every nation. We should analyse, evaluate, adjust our lenses, and we should learn. It is not for us to forgive or not forgive.
  15. 2 points
    mrinku

    Wonder Woman

    Yep. He should definitely go for planes with non-lethal bombs.
  16. 2 points
  17. 2 points
    Cygnia

    Funny pics

    I KNEW IT~!
  18. 1 point
    Cancer

    A Thread for Random Musings

    Here they tend to announce closures early, to save the teachers a long nasty and needless commute. (In general, housing is way too expensive in Seattle for teachers to be able to live in the city, so they live Way Out There, and folks in this area seem unable to remember from season to season how to drive in sloppy conditions.)
  19. 1 point
    Hermit

    Wonder Woman

    For a time they did. Jake 2.0 was an underrated show
  20. 1 point
    dmjalund

    And now, for your daily dose of cute...

    "Everybody Prance Now"
  21. 1 point
    First, what version of Champions are we talking about? 6th edition doesn't have Armor as a power anymore per se. Even so, I find the Dispel vs Armor to be flawed in its' attempt to create the effect of teleporting someone out of their armor. Power Armor can be built so many different ways, not just with using the old power Armor. Assuming it's used, Dispel vs Armor feels more like someone creating a hole in the armor temporarily to pull the person through the hole - an interesting attack power but not the effect wanted. I think Teleport UOO as as attack, possibly with Indirect, would be more accurate. I also think possibly a linked enhanced sense to detect the person inside the armor might be needed since, in general, you can't see the target inside.
  22. 1 point
    Ternaugh

    Funny pics

    "The Atheist Agenda" sounds like it should be a day planner marketed by Franklin Covey, with little Secular Humanist quotes instead of bible verses for inspiration.
  23. 1 point
    Starlord

    Happy Tom Hanks Giving Day !

    Thanksgiving is, as Thanksgiving does.
  24. 1 point
    Pariah

    Funny pics

    Creepy Pics thread is thataway.
  25. 1 point
    Cancer

    A Game of Answers

    "Boot to the head!"
  26. 1 point
    Tech priest support

    In other news...

    A cessna private aircraft has a ceiling of 13,500 feet. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cessna_172 good god these people are true idiots. foir a fraction of what he spent on this suicide ride he could have chartered a cessna and gone like 7x higher. 1800 feet?! I can get higher than that by standing next to my neighbor's window in summer and inhaling...
  27. 1 point
    Ternaugh

    Wonder Woman

    Well, not yet, I'm sure someone's trying to reboot it.
  28. 1 point
    Ternaugh

    Monday Morning Music Trios

    Mind blown! Where have you been hiding them all these years?
  29. 1 point
    Iuz the Evil

    Another generation of gamers

    He loved it. Asked if we can play Pathfinder immediately after.
  30. 1 point
    Cassandra

    Can we forgive old movies?

    I think you mean "They" are destroying Civil War statues. Unless you have done so. As for that I think it's acting out in a meaningless way. Why not go after the big dogs like President Woodrow Wilson who segregated the Army and Washington, D.C., or Senator Robert Bryd who was an actual member of the KKK. Why not take their names off of building and destroy their statues?
  31. 1 point
    Dispel is the cleanest option to my mind. The power isn't destroyed - they can potentially put it on again. If you also want the target moved somewhere, you'll need to link it with a Teleport UOO. Teleporting the armour off the target could be done with just Dispel.
  32. 1 point
    Bazza

    Monday Morning Music Trios

    No. They are an Australian band like AC/DC however unlike Acca Dacca could play multiple styles, reggae, rockibility, pop rock, country rock, blues, R&B, and soul (if Georgia on My Mind counts as soul).
  33. 1 point
    Mind Control Set Effect Remove Armor
  34. 1 point
    At the basic level, you don't. You could buy a Dispel vs Armor, with that as the Special Effect, though. Chris.
  35. 1 point
    Cygnia

    "Neat" Pictures

  36. 1 point
    Cygnia

    Funny pics

  37. 1 point
    I disagree, I think the audience is avoiding JL due to previous movies. Audience score is sometimes a better thing to look at on Rottentomatoes and JL has an audience score comparable with WW and Thor: Ragnarok, whereas Man of Steel, B vs S and Suicide Squad all received significantly lower audience scores. Again, I thought Man of Steel, B vs S and Suicide Squad were all 'average' movies, at best - they had some great moments and that's all. I really enjoyed WW and JL. PS: With JL, you might be seeing a number that closely approximates how much money you're going to be guaranteed from diehard, opening weekend superhero movie fans.
  38. 1 point
    Logan.1179

    Funny pics

  39. 1 point
    zslane

    Enough zombies?

    Right, but such creatures aren't reanimated corpses, right? They are something all together different, and shouldn't even be called zombies, in my view.
  40. 1 point
    Starlord

    Can we forgive old movies?

    I've forgiven lots of people in my life...doesn't mean I still hang out with them.
  41. 1 point
    Logan.1179

    Funny pics

  42. 1 point
    Pariah

    Musings on Random Musings

    Reminds me of the old poem from "Dot's Poetry Corner": Mary had a little lamb With mint jelly. Thank you.
  43. 1 point
    BoloOfEarth

    VIPER plots

    Some suggestions for future scenarios (take or leave them as you wish): Kidnapping of a now-retired scientist who worked on the US Army's Man Amplification Project (powered armor) to get info on what worked and didn't work VIPER breaks into a research lab where Kelvarite is being studied Theft of some Cyberline drugs from PRIMUS (if they exist in your game world) Lure a hero into an ambush by a bunch of rookie VIPER agents, with lots of hidden sensory equipment around to detect how the hero's body reacts to the various attacks. My personal favorite plot arc: Have your heroes go up against very low-level successes of VIPER's Man-Mutation Project on a one-to-one basis, with the heroes most likely defeating them handily. Make each VIPER semi-powered goon distinctive in some way, whether in powers or personality, hopefully in some way that is counter to the specific hero involved. (Water powers vs. the fire-throwing hero, casual killer type vs. the healer hero, etc.) The VIPER subjects may be so low-powered that they don't even warrant being thrown into a super-prison, just locked up in a regular prison. And then later VIPER has a breakthrough on the MMP that allows them to vastly increase a subject's power levels to make them comparable to the heroes. So VIPER breaks those subjects out of prison and powers them up. Done right, this can set up a nice set of arch-nemeses for the heroes to cross swords with.
  44. 1 point
    Surrealone

    PSLs in my Dark Champions Campaign

    I don't mind errata; that happens. The fact that someone takes time to make errata updates and respond to questions is exactly why I don't mind the occasional contradictions. (And to be very fair, when considering how many questions as Mr. Long answers -- his self-contradiction rate is VERY low.) What we have to all remember is that Mr. Long is human and, therefore, just as prone to imperfection and fallibility as any of us. i.e. His rulings are not (despite Hyper-Man's attempt to treat them so earlier in this very thread -- via his shock at questioning a ruling from Mr. Long) beyond scrutiny and/or reproach. In fact, every ruling should likely be scrutinized precisely because a human made it.
  45. 1 point
    The Quick & the Dead is short on tricks but long on different styles of gunmen. The movie Hannie Caulder has Robert Culp who was one of the better real life quick-draw and gun twirlers in Hollywood at the time (there's an impressive clip of him on YouTube taken from an appearance on The Rifleman) teaching Raquel Welch how to be a gunfighter. Both films may help you.
  46. 1 point
    wcw43921

    Funny pics

  47. 1 point
    bluesguy

    Villain Minifigs

    Here is a tutorial on how to do it yourself http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-Paper-Minis/
  48. 1 point
    Logan.1179

    Funny pics

    Sadly, I've seen more absurd signs in the library.
  49. 1 point
    Pariah

    Funny pics

    I think Lady P is in charge of the cranberries this year....
  50. 1 point
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