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  1. Re: Welcome to McGuffins. May I take your order? Aladdin's lamp and ring. Particularly if you go to the original idea, which had none of this "three wishes" bumf, and w/o the "twist the wish around" stuff. The genie of the lamp (and the genie of the ring) obeyed the owner, fully and willingly and helpfully, *and* with all their considerable power. Then there's "The Gizmo". In it's "off" form it's a unremarkable medallion. When turned on, it turns into whatever non-magical/non-superpowered/etc. device you need, and changes back into a medallion when you no longer need whatever it was.
  2. Re: Aliens: everything you know is... well, "wrong" doesn't even begin to cover it. I made it all the way through the cited article, but the writer lost my willingness-to-listen at this point: "Yet, structure and organization are mere language elements. They are “in our head” so to speak. They do not exist in reality." The writer's PhD is clearly not in physics. Structure exists from crystals on "up" and, from a POV, from sub-atomic particles on up. Word-trickery and twaddle, and d**n-all else.
  3. http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1995828,00.html Life on Titan? Not proven, but plausible enough to use in a Solar System SF campaign.
  4. Here's the latest on attempts to create an artificial lifeform. Not 100% three, yet, but very close. http://www.seattlepi.com/national/1501ap_us_sci_synthetic_cell.html?source=rss
  5. Re: Order of the Stick And I thought the previous one was funny! That one had me laughing till it hurt. :rofl:
  6. Re: Order of the Stick IMO, that's the funniest strip OOTS has had to date.
  7. Re: A Game Of Questions Microsoft is a symptom?
  8. Re: Order of the Stick "...I'm only the 'Empress of Blood' a few days each month." :rofl:
  9. Re: NGD Scenes from a Hat She complains every time I'm late for lunch.
  10. Re: General Atomics electromagnetic rail cannon
  11. Re: Steampunk-like world setting needs hero/power ideas Not in UltSkill, but there's Scientific Genius in Pulp Hero. It's on p.295, and is simply +5 with all Science Skills; there are no modifiers, so it costs 25 points. The options are: True Genius: +7 with all Science Skills: costs 35 points Not Quite Such a Genius: +3 with all Science Skills: costs 15 points
  12. Hot Jupiters may be challenging the current theory of planetary formation. http://www.usnews.com/science/articles/2010/04/15/astronomers-find-nine-new-planets-and-upset-the-theory-of-planetary-formation.html The Bacandforthtrian says looking at things from a new angle is always a good idea. The Bacandforthtrian is another fine product of Basil's Twisted Imagination, Igg. All rides in reverse.
  13. Re: Icons - The Costume and Superpowers Store The whole "villains must pay money" bit cuts out a large number of comic-book-standard villain motivations, and not just the World Conqueror types. There are plenty of destructive, depraved, violent, and flat-out whacko villains. Not all are rich or interested in becoming rich. It just doesn't feel right to me. The infamous Dr. Infamous and The Mallard refuse to discuss if there really is an "Icons." The Bacandforthtrian is of two minds about the idea. The alpacapla both agrees and disagrees with the Bacandforthtrian. Th
  14. Re: A Game Of Questions Do you expect me to reveal that secret?
  15. Re: Answers & Questions Q: Why are these halls full of soap suds? A: That's what happens when you put IC chips in home appliances.
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