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    Cancer got a reaction from tkdguy in "Neat" Pictures   
    Pretty, but unless the glass is very dirty (or it's merely a projected image) there's a serious problem: you cannot see the background stars through the dark part of the Moon.
     
    (Offered in the same spirit as PARSECS ARE A UNIT OF DISTANCE, DAMMIT.)
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    Cancer got a reaction from Trencher in Do you use CBR?   
    Had not even heard of it before seeing this thread.
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    Cancer reacted to Cygnia in And now, for your daily dose of cute...   
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    Cancer got a reaction from ScottishFox in The cranky thread   
    Or three or four.  And make sure one of them has a laser cannon in it.
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    Cancer got a reaction from Pariah in Ruin A Band Name By Adding, Subtracting, or Changing One Letter   
    Yet more revisionism:
    Paul McCartney and Wangs
     
    In what may be wayyyyy too accurate these days ...
    Bob Seger and the Silver Mullet Band
     
    For people liking 1980s female vocalists ....
    Blandie
     
    Taking a letter away from Boston gave you Boson.  Introducing another geek band by doubling down the s in the middle,
    Poisson
     
    A change of genre, and she'd fit right in:
    Roberta Flak
     
    And it's more than one letter, but I am quite fond of
    Oreosmith
     
    Also a bit of a cheat:
    Billy Jor-el
     
    Bump the 't' one slot down the alphabet:
    Suyx
     
    Getting to the core of New Age music:
    Yawni
     
    Old-time country music ...
    ... well, turn the first letter in Buck Owens into an 'f'.
     
    Sting becomes Stink (or perhaps Stingy)
     
    Things most of us can figure out:
    Eric Crapton
    Nirdvana
    The Boobie Brothers
    Kansag
    ZZ Pop
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    Cancer reacted to Cygnia in Funny Pics II: The Revenge   
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    Cancer reacted to Ragitsu in Ruin A Band Name By Adding, Subtracting, or Changing One Letter   
    Mick Astley (Rick Astley).
     
    Rick Ashley (Rick Astley).
     
    Brian Emo (Brian Eno).
     
    Iggy Poop (Iggy Pop).
     
    Blue (Blur).
     
    Irony Maiden (Iron Maiden).
     
    Iron Madden (Iron Maiden).
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    Cancer reacted to Pariah in Ruin A Band Name By Adding, Subtracting, or Changing One Letter   
    REM Speedwagon
     
    Boson
     
    Musk
     
    Run-DMV
     
    Aerosmite 
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    Cancer got a reaction from DShomshak in More space news!   
    Fomalhaut b seems to have faded away
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    Cancer got a reaction from death tribble in World Creation Superdraft 4: May 2020   
    Man, you other gods are making this easy to get lots and lots of worship from the mortals.  What they want most?  Money.  Check.  What do they want second most?  Food ... nope, no check. 
     
    So, Nogrom proclaims another of Our secondary domains, to keep Us most prominent in the attentions of Our adherents.
     
    Secondary domain: Agriculture, crops, fertility of harvest, etc.
     
    Yes, I'll respect others' domains about seasons, etc.  There are crops that need a good winter to ripen (or germinate) properly, for example.  Ditto fire.
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    Cancer got a reaction from death tribble in World Creation Superdraft 4: May 2020   
    Nogrom prepares and releases Our created fauna upon the world.
     
    Under Our domain of health and healing, the Physicolugos are gliding mammals most resembling the flying lemurs.  Leaf, twig, fruit, and flower-eaters, they are very expert gliders; in climates that support it, they will also eat mosses and fungi.  Those around settlements of sentients will learn to accept offerings of fruit and vegetables, and many seem to have a taste for cheese.
     
    The physicolugos are not sentient and do not understand language, but they are empathic, and seek out ill and injured creatures.  The presence -- usually, but not necessarily, physical contact -- of a physicolugo induces an improved healing and recovery response in the ill creature's physiology.  They also cannot be caged or held captive for any extended time; chains, locks, cages, and bindings simply dissolve into the air when holding a physicolugo in captivity, or being restrained from reaching a client creature in need of their aid.  A few creatures (most commonly large raptors, like eagles or owls) will prey upon them, but most sentients leave them undisturbed at least and some will put up nest boxes for them around the periphery of their settlements.  They cannot be made into pets, but some have "favorite humans" and visit these frequently over extended periods of time.
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    Cancer got a reaction from death tribble in World Creation Superdraft 4: May 2020   
    Time for Our final act.
     
    The Fox created a pathway for temporary divinity, a way for a mortal to assume divine status and commit Acts of God as they see fit.  An interesting path.
     
    At times, though, there are Divine Visitations which mortals may wish to repel, chastise, or even destroy, rather than assume godhood themselves and then disappear from the cosmos forever.  Gods tend not to take criticism well, but by the same token they tend to be invulnerable to anything mortals can control.  With the short lives and limited perceptions of mortals, this is, perhaps, appropriate.
     
    Perhaps.
     
    Nogrom's Interference is to establish something by which the mortals can punish, injure, even destroy a god, should that god stick around long enough to receive lethal damage.  That last case is rather improbable, but not wholly outside the chances of the world.  Yet mortals are admittedly short-sighted, have limited means, and commit rather amazing acts of misjudgment.  So their means for harming in the Divine must be limited, and limited by the nature of mortals themselves.  It must be so expensive that no megalomaniac wicked fool can expunge a god merely on an insane whim, no matter how many deluded minions he may command.  Only vast populations, collectively allied by reason and deep outrage, can have the capacity to inflict life-threatening damage to a god.  Lesser groups, even individuals, should have the capacity inflict stinging hurts both physical and otherwise, if their grievance is deep enough and broad enough.  
     
    The knowledge that it could be done is enough to inspire some few mortals to transcend themselves, and reflect both on the possibility that a god must be pulled down, and on the consequences of losing a deity from the world forever; for the enormity of the act, and the nigh-incalculable cost of even attempting it, will be enough to make mortals think beyond themselves ... and that is truly the first steps towards apotheosis, and growing the cosmos beyond the imaginings of the gods themselves.
     
    So ... what could possibly be so dear that only the deepest, most unanimous sense of world-wide outrage could allow mortals collectively to destroy a god?
     
    In answer to that ... Nogrom knows, with a faint smile, and accepting the possibility that We Ourselves might suffer the fate that we introduce into the world, this is Our Interference.
     
    Money.  Real money itself will be a weapon against all things divine.  Shekels or pounds or dinars or dollars, wampum or Yapese Rai or cowrie shells or banknotes, when mortals create money that other mortals will accept and continue to accept as having value, then this money can be used as a weapon against a god, avatar, angel, etc., and that weapon will do real damage.  (That virtual crap like bitcoins etc. is worthless hooey, though, and through Our Aspect as God of Mathematics, Nogrom can expose whenever convenient the large prime numbers at exposes those as not even play money.)
     
    There is a culture where the phrase "throwing money at something" is a dismissive term for wasteful and ineffective spending.  Against the gods, though, throwing money at them in large quantities will hurt them, injure them, and destroy them, if enough is expended.
     
    And, one may ask, how much is needed?  
     
    To this the God of Money says -- and any hint of a smile fades away entirely -- only this: If you entertain any hopes of having any money remaining after the god is destroyed ... then you don't have enough money to perform the act.
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    Cancer reacted to Lucius in The Academics Thread   
    🎶
    Where's a symbol for the number that's two less than two?
    I need a sign that marks a place, a blank spot just won't do!
    Is there a way to use a finite set of symbols to 
    Express an arbitrarily large quantity to you?
     
    I need a zero!
     
    I'm holding out for a zero at the end of the sum
    And it's got to go here and it's got to be clear
    That it's standing in place of the ones!
     
    i need  a zero!
    I'm holding out for a zero and I'll take nothing less
    I need it to count up the numbers that mount up
    Past what Roman numerals express
     
    I need a zero!
     
    Lucius Alexander
     
    the palindromedary gives Lucius a big fat zero
     
     
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    Cancer got a reaction from Starlord in Funny Pics II: The Revenge   
    Grump vs Bidet for the November election?
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    Cancer got a reaction from L. Marcus in The Academics Thread   
    * Cancer contemplates giving a pop quiz on the last day of classes asking the students to estimate how many times he lectured without wearing pants *
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    Cancer got a reaction from Pariah in The Academics Thread   
    * Cancer contemplates giving a pop quiz on the last day of classes asking the students to estimate how many times he lectured without wearing pants *
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    Cancer reacted to Pariah in In other news...   
    There's a documentary called "Zero Hour - Disaster at Chernobyl" that I have my students watch every year. It does a pretty good job of explaining why the incident with Reactor #4 was a cluster**** on multiple levels.
     
    tl;dw version: Poor initial design, built on the cheap, bureaucratic interference, safety regulations ignored or overridden for political reasons.
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    Cancer reacted to DShomshak in World Creation Superdraft 4: May 2020   
    The End approaches...
     
    Final pick: Legendary Guardian/Mythic Monster: The Angel of cold Shadow, Kylvn’s Wrath.
     
    Monster. Definitely monster. Because a proper god needs something dark and terrible to trouble theologians.
     
    Before the world was cut from out the void,
    Cold Kylvn looked within his holy self,
    Beseeching Andrea and Augurie
    To show the worst that he could ever be.
    He saw he could succumb to deadly wrath,
    Illogical, unreasoning, malign,
    A curse released upon all mortal kind,
    Betrayal of his calm and ordered mind.
    And so he took Inscissivus’ blade,
    That cuts all things and cut into himself,
    Removing through this godly surgery
    The evil, raging possibility.
    Then locked it in an admantine box
    By Liminus anointed, boundary
    That nothing could then cross, eternal sealed.
    For ages as the world was shaped it sat,
    Unheeded, inoffensive, until Fox,
    The fool, discovered the dark box.
    “I wonder what’s inside it?” pondered he.
    “It must be wondrous, I shall set it free!”
    He stole the keys by which Eternus passes
    To any place, no matter how well guarded,
    And oped the box! While somewhere Malice laughed,
    As Fox felt from the depths a chilly draft…
    Then blast of ice, that froze him nose to tail!
    A frozen fury, thousand winters’ bite;
    Since when, the Fox has had a streak of white.
    The Angel of Cold Shadow was released,
    Its curse upon the world has never ceased.
    — from the Frozen Analects (generally considered apocryphal)
     
    No god can remember Kylvn losing his temper. Ever is he courteous. The most they’ve seen is mild pique, and an arch suggestion that certain actions are not logical. Kylvn’s worshippers say that while the Cold God’s actions may not be kind, they are necessary and ultimately for the benefit of mortals and the world.
     
    Except there’s the Angel of Cold Shadow. This figure of ice has six faces of silentiaries, merged in a ring to look full circle at once. Twelve arms, with fingers like long blades of ice. Six wings fledged with sleet and a body robed in blizzards. First seen, it stands about a hundred feet tall; but it can grow vastly larger. As it rises into the sky, its wings spread to overshadow a city, or an entire province. Its shadow brings snow and a deadly cold. Even frost elves and silentiaries might shiver; all other folk freeze in minutes, though the W'Brrm usually can thaw afterward and survive. For everyone else, the Angel’s shadow brings death. Only when everyone within its shadow is fled, dead or frozen stiff does the Angel vanish once more.
     
    The Angel of Shadow appeared over the city of Scalzaris when riots and civil war set it aflame. It appeared over the kingdom of Vallish-Miir after loyahs overran it, and over the bandit-wracked province of Zung. From such appearances, some speculate the Angel is Kylvn’s dread judgment upon chaos and evil. But the Angel also appeared over the peaceful island of Bonatha, slaying both the native humans and the high elf refugees they had succored.
     
    Another story says the angel is truly Kylvn’s wrath: that once, he did lose his temper and sent it forth as the Angel of Cold Shadow to destroy those who had offended him. He regretted this spasm of rage, but could not undo it, nor destroy the emanation of himself. He instead borrowed, or stole, the all-cutting blade of Inscissivus and cut the event from the chronicle of Time and the memory from all other creatures, even the other gods. But the priests of Kylvn condemn this tale as heretical; and anyway, if it were true who would know?
     
    Or maybe it's just that Kylvn, too, must sleep and dream on occasion... and the sleep of reason breeds monsters.
     
    Some say Malice is the Angel’s lover, and that she seduced it to serve Shayol; but other tales say the Angel is one of only five creatures that Malice fears, and it has nearly slain her.
     
    Kylvn refuses to dignify such tales with a response, saying that a logical mind restricts itself to facts; which, his fellow gods observe, is not a denial. They also see that Bestimm the Determinator and the Dragonslayer have both slain the Angel, yet it has returned, as if something truly deathless sustained its existence. Never have they see Kylvn direct the Angel; and indeed, he helped Nogrom guide a hero to the Man of Gold in time to stop the Void-Zealots from summoning it at the base of the Integral Tree.
     
    Because all bringers of death are known to Eternus, that god knows how the Angel is called. A mortal who is absolutely convinced that all hope is lost — believes this is proven beyond possibility of error — that there is no choice left between a horrible ending and horrors without end — can summon the Angel of Cold Shadow by freezing and starving to death. The mortal calls to the Angel with their last breath; and by Volcanis' gift, the Angel hears, in whatever cosmic adytum it waits. And the Angel delivers the ending they seek. An end in silence, and stillness, and the unity of a common grave.
    -----
    It is ended.
     
    Dean Shomshak
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    Cancer reacted to Hermit in World Creation Superdraft 4: May 2020   
    Shoo, go away. There is absolutely nothing for you to see here! Shoo!
    Go play with the swamp that smells like Shayol's armpits or count pennies with Nogrom I...
    Yes yes, that's a book about worlds far beyond our own. Yes, ones shaped like donuts or even the exotic sphere! And...
    yes yes, they have gods too, some of them, others are about to be born and have gods and.... Fine, you got me, it's a guide to other creations!
     
    Yes yes, that's my 'intervention'. Should this world ever become too boring for too long and i can't change it, should I ever be about to truly die or ..well, not be... I have my magic, my last magic in this creation, to whisk me away...
    and start again in a new world with new gods.
     
    Maybe I'll be a spider gathering up the stories from the sky again
    maybe I'll be a Raven, swallowing the sun
    Maybe I'll be a Coyote using foolish wolves to place the stars
    I will trick and dance and laugh forever, making wise men look foolish and showing the wisdom in fools.  
    For now though, I am the Fox that Laughs! And, well, I may linger here for awhile yet bringing joy and frustration and challenges and wonder and a couple of messes others have to clean up...
     
    You're welcome!
     
    Interference: Fox himself has an escape clause by leaping to another creation draft (Even if it's as another trickster form or a different poster ;))
     
     

     
     
     
     
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    Cancer got a reaction from DShomshak in World Creation Superdraft 4: May 2020   
    Time for Our final act.
     
    The Fox created a pathway for temporary divinity, a way for a mortal to assume divine status and commit Acts of God as they see fit.  An interesting path.
     
    At times, though, there are Divine Visitations which mortals may wish to repel, chastise, or even destroy, rather than assume godhood themselves and then disappear from the cosmos forever.  Gods tend not to take criticism well, but by the same token they tend to be invulnerable to anything mortals can control.  With the short lives and limited perceptions of mortals, this is, perhaps, appropriate.
     
    Perhaps.
     
    Nogrom's Interference is to establish something by which the mortals can punish, injure, even destroy a god, should that god stick around long enough to receive lethal damage.  That last case is rather improbable, but not wholly outside the chances of the world.  Yet mortals are admittedly short-sighted, have limited means, and commit rather amazing acts of misjudgment.  So their means for harming in the Divine must be limited, and limited by the nature of mortals themselves.  It must be so expensive that no megalomaniac wicked fool can expunge a god merely on an insane whim, no matter how many deluded minions he may command.  Only vast populations, collectively allied by reason and deep outrage, can have the capacity to inflict life-threatening damage to a god.  Lesser groups, even individuals, should have the capacity inflict stinging hurts both physical and otherwise, if their grievance is deep enough and broad enough.  
     
    The knowledge that it could be done is enough to inspire some few mortals to transcend themselves, and reflect both on the possibility that a god must be pulled down, and on the consequences of losing a deity from the world forever; for the enormity of the act, and the nigh-incalculable cost of even attempting it, will be enough to make mortals think beyond themselves ... and that is truly the first steps towards apotheosis, and growing the cosmos beyond the imaginings of the gods themselves.
     
    So ... what could possibly be so dear that only the deepest, most unanimous sense of world-wide outrage could allow mortals collectively to destroy a god?
     
    In answer to that ... Nogrom knows, with a faint smile, and accepting the possibility that We Ourselves might suffer the fate that we introduce into the world, this is Our Interference.
     
    Money.  Real money itself will be a weapon against all things divine.  Shekels or pounds or dinars or dollars, wampum or Yapese Rai or cowrie shells or banknotes, when mortals create money that other mortals will accept and continue to accept as having value, then this money can be used as a weapon against a god, avatar, angel, etc., and that weapon will do real damage.  (That virtual crap like bitcoins etc. is worthless hooey, though, and through Our Aspect as God of Mathematics, Nogrom can expose whenever convenient the large prime numbers at exposes those as not even play money.)
     
    There is a culture where the phrase "throwing money at something" is a dismissive term for wasteful and ineffective spending.  Against the gods, though, throwing money at them in large quantities will hurt them, injure them, and destroy them, if enough is expended.
     
    And, one may ask, how much is needed?  
     
    To this the God of Money says -- and any hint of a smile fades away entirely -- only this: If you entertain any hopes of having any money remaining after the god is destroyed ... then you don't have enough money to perform the act.
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    Cancer got a reaction from Pariah in The Academics Thread   
    http://smbc-comics.com/comic/social
     
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    Cancer reacted to Lord Liaden in "Neat" Pictures   
    Several of those photos are definitely of the Giant's Causeway, but the sea-cave is certainly Fingal's Cave in Scotland.
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    Cancer got a reaction from Ternaugh in "Neat" Pictures   
    I think that's the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland.
     
    We have palisade basalt like that in much of eastern Washington, but having the tops of the prisms exposed like that so you have hexes on the ground doesn't happen much.  Usually you just see the prisms exposed from the side.
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    Cancer got a reaction from L. Marcus in World Creation Superdraft 4: May 2020   
    Time for Our final act.
     
    The Fox created a pathway for temporary divinity, a way for a mortal to assume divine status and commit Acts of God as they see fit.  An interesting path.
     
    At times, though, there are Divine Visitations which mortals may wish to repel, chastise, or even destroy, rather than assume godhood themselves and then disappear from the cosmos forever.  Gods tend not to take criticism well, but by the same token they tend to be invulnerable to anything mortals can control.  With the short lives and limited perceptions of mortals, this is, perhaps, appropriate.
     
    Perhaps.
     
    Nogrom's Interference is to establish something by which the mortals can punish, injure, even destroy a god, should that god stick around long enough to receive lethal damage.  That last case is rather improbable, but not wholly outside the chances of the world.  Yet mortals are admittedly short-sighted, have limited means, and commit rather amazing acts of misjudgment.  So their means for harming in the Divine must be limited, and limited by the nature of mortals themselves.  It must be so expensive that no megalomaniac wicked fool can expunge a god merely on an insane whim, no matter how many deluded minions he may command.  Only vast populations, collectively allied by reason and deep outrage, can have the capacity to inflict life-threatening damage to a god.  Lesser groups, even individuals, should have the capacity inflict stinging hurts both physical and otherwise, if their grievance is deep enough and broad enough.  
     
    The knowledge that it could be done is enough to inspire some few mortals to transcend themselves, and reflect both on the possibility that a god must be pulled down, and on the consequences of losing a deity from the world forever; for the enormity of the act, and the nigh-incalculable cost of even attempting it, will be enough to make mortals think beyond themselves ... and that is truly the first steps towards apotheosis, and growing the cosmos beyond the imaginings of the gods themselves.
     
    So ... what could possibly be so dear that only the deepest, most unanimous sense of world-wide outrage could allow mortals collectively to destroy a god?
     
    In answer to that ... Nogrom knows, with a faint smile, and accepting the possibility that We Ourselves might suffer the fate that we introduce into the world, this is Our Interference.
     
    Money.  Real money itself will be a weapon against all things divine.  Shekels or pounds or dinars or dollars, wampum or Yapese Rai or cowrie shells or banknotes, when mortals create money that other mortals will accept and continue to accept as having value, then this money can be used as a weapon against a god, avatar, angel, etc., and that weapon will do real damage.  (That virtual crap like bitcoins etc. is worthless hooey, though, and through Our Aspect as God of Mathematics, Nogrom can expose whenever convenient the large prime numbers at exposes those as not even play money.)
     
    There is a culture where the phrase "throwing money at something" is a dismissive term for wasteful and ineffective spending.  Against the gods, though, throwing money at them in large quantities will hurt them, injure them, and destroy them, if enough is expended.
     
    And, one may ask, how much is needed?  
     
    To this the God of Money says -- and any hint of a smile fades away entirely -- only this: If you entertain any hopes of having any money remaining after the god is destroyed ... then you don't have enough money to perform the act.
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