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1  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: October 17, 2014, 10:21:06 PM
All good, man.

And that's ignoring the concept of for-profit schools.  I view those like for-profit medical insurance.  Who came up with that idea and can we return it?

They're both pretty awful.
2  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: October 17, 2014, 07:14:38 PM
Pardon my lack of #sarcasm annotations.

Why would they be needed? The sarcasm was obvious.

That said, for a college to afford "naming rights" on a Pro-Stadium is a little insane.  That's like my local Middle School buying the naming rights of a 4 lane bridge.

If said middle school was a wholly-owned subsidiary of a for-profit corporation, sure. UoPX is more concerned with its standing with the Securities and Exchange Commission than the Higher Learning Commission.

Look, you've got a legit point - athletics money has a huge influence on colleges and universities. My own university's football and basketball teams play in facilities with the names of a mediocre pizza company and a Fortune 500 fast-food company, respectively. However, the truckloads of money that ESPN has dumped in the university's coffers has helped pay for a lot of improvements - improved student housing, some terrific research and classroom facilities, campus expansion, two overseas campuses, and the new undergrad program that I'm now part of. It may be something of a devil's bargain, but it's meant a net improvement in the campus and its educational offerings.
3  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: October 17, 2014, 12:43:48 PM
The "University of Phoenix" is a for-profit college who bought the naming rights to the NFL's Cardinal Stadium. There is no University of Phoenix athletics program.

Cardinal Stadium's pretty neat. The playing field is natural grass over a pretty well-engineered drainage system, and the entire field can be rolled out of the stadium, as seen in the posted photo.
4  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box: TV News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: October 07, 2014, 08:14:41 PM
Huh? It's pretty clear from the previews that the main character of the show is C1-10P / Chopper - the sassiest astromech droid in the galaxy. The show's really about his day-to-day struggles as he puts up with an at times barely competent crew of humans and aliens trying to fight the good fight against the evil Empire.

You nailed it, amigo.

Also, housemate and I couldn't stop grinning during the premiere of The Flash.
5  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2014: Can't be as bad as last year on: October 04, 2014, 01:51:04 PM
From the BBC:

Haiti's former ruler Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier has died of a heart attack in the capital Port-au-Prince aged 63, official sources say.
6  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2014: Can't be as bad as last year on: September 30, 2014, 07:17:52 PM
Yeah, Wolverine, go find someone's lawn to get off of.
7  Products / Z-Corps / Re: Z-Corps Question for Everyone on: September 06, 2014, 09:09:36 PM
David Pulver. Reign of Steel is one of my go-to reads for apocalyptic ideas, and his stuff is always, always high quality.

8  Products / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: WORLD ON FIRE - 2014 (Unnoficial Guide) on: September 06, 2014, 08:57:04 PM
...and they called me crazy.

We call you a lot of things.
9  Community / Customer Service / Re: Spam... it's what's for dinner on: August 27, 2014, 10:05:17 PM
And gone.

Mutt, thanks for the report. Everyone else, that's the best way to get these things cleared out. We may not be able to respond immediately, but reporting works much better than posts here.
10  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Gencon 2014 - Who's going? on: August 11, 2014, 10:56:47 AM
The return on investment of trying to get a decent-quality recording, audio or video, of the seminars is just about zero. And since it's likely that such a task would, at least in part, fall under my responsibilities, I'm content to give it a priority that can be best resolved with an electron microscope.
11  Community / Off-Topic / Re: [Civ: BE]Harmony, Supremacy, or Purity? [Discussion] on: April 29, 2014, 06:32:08 AM
For personal, ultimately religious, reasons, I believe humanity goes beyond supporting basic drives. 

Agreed, and I'm as atheist as the day is long.
12  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Do your game characters tend to be your gender or opposite gender? on: April 29, 2014, 06:29:09 AM
Well, first -  Safe for work, church, grandparents' anniversary dinner, whatever.

Tabletop gaming - probably 95% male. Just works better for me. No problem playing a female character, especially in a pickup/convention game. When I do, I usually base her on one of the rather terrific women in my life.

I've got a dozen or so World of Warcraft characters, and only one is male. I like the female character and equipment models better, and to be frank, if all other things are equal, I'll always choose the option that just looks better.
13  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Sundered Skycraft on: April 21, 2014, 09:38:14 AM
All good. Carry on!
14  Products / Fantasy Craft / MOVED: Sundered Skycraft on: April 21, 2014, 09:37:20 AM
This topic has been moved to License to Improvise.
15  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2014: Can't be as bad as last year on: February 28, 2014, 07:19:55 AM
One of the greats of our hobby, Aaron Allston, passed away last night.
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