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1  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: January 23, 2015, 10:33:40 AM
This place is not a place of honor.
No highly esteemed deed is commemorated here.
Nothing valued is here.
This place is a message and part of a system of messages.
Pay attention to it!
Sending this message was important to us.
We considered ourselves to be a powerful culture.
What is here is dangerous and repulsive to us. This message is a warning about danger.
The danger is in a particular location. It increases toward a center. The center of danger is here, of a particular size and shape, and below us.
The danger is still present in your time as it was in ours.
The danger is to the body, and it can kill.
The form of the danger is an emanation of energy.
The danger is unleashed only if you substantially disturb this place physically.
This place is best shunned and left uninhabited.

— Intended message of the warning marker design project at long-term nuclear waste disposal facilities at Yucca Mountain and WIPP, meant to discourage future generations from disturbing the sites for up to ten thousand years.

The report this comes from was actually one of two reports commissioned by the Department of Energy on this topic. The other was the product of an earlier interdisciplinary team called the Human Interference Task Force, which included the likes of linguist Thomas Sebeok and science fiction author Stanislaw Lem.

Among the suggestions made by the Human Interference Task Force made: an “atomic priesthood”, an elected council who would pass the information about the nuclear site through ritual and myth, and “ray cats”, genetically engineered cats that would change color in the presence of nuclear radiation and whose significance would be relayed through oral tradition like fairy tales and songs.

If you’re interested, you can read both reports in full: “Reducing the Likelihood of Future Human Activities that Could Affect Geologic High-Level Waste Repositories" (1984) and "Expert Judgment on Markers to Deter Inadvertent Human Intrusion into the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant" (1993).
The problem is that when you tell someone that something is dangerous, some people read that as weaponry.
2  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: November 13, 2014, 08:30:05 AM
I picked up Lego Marvel Super Heroes on Steam a week ago. I haven't played much of the other Lego games, so this review is in a vacuum: if you love Marvel, like off beat humor, and don't mind simplistic puzzles, the game is fun and addicting. On the other hand, the gameplay is pretty shallow despite the number of unlockable characters, the puzzles only count as such to children, and the plot is incredibly predictable.
3  Community / Off-Topic / Re: [Discussion] Overlapping Masquerades on: November 11, 2014, 11:11:50 AM
I can think of one instance in pop culture of this: Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In one season (three or four, I can't remember) there's two demon fighting groups who start the season with no knowledge odd each other:the protagonists group and a shadowy government group called the Initiative. They both do the same things, but they have vastly different methods. Indeed, both of their top performers are romantically involved but still don't break their respective masquerades. Until eventually a mutual threat forces the issue.
4  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: October 24, 2014, 06:21:31 AM
so it seems that the age of ultron trailer droped six days early. and marvel blames hydra.
Hail Hydra!

I can't wait!

I've got no strings...
5  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: September 29, 2014, 11:47:29 AM
Any sci fi movie saying aliens are on earth for water must first explain why they ignored Europa and Saturn's rings before I can take them seriously. Earth isn't even the most abundant source of water in the solar system, never mind outer space. Hydrogen and oxygen are two of the most common elements in the universe, and they tend to combine with each other quite easily and violently. It would be much more implausible for there to be a dearth of extra solar water.
6  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2014: Can't be as bad as last year on: September 10, 2014, 09:13:18 PM

As soon as I saw the news I rushed over here to see if someone had already relayed it here. A sad time indeed.
7  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: August 20, 2014, 06:28:39 AM
8  Community / Off-Topic / Re: D&D Next Going Live In July on: July 04, 2014, 06:43:09 PM
I wouldn't be surprised if Sorcerer were just an Arcane Tradition.
9  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Vids (Keep it Clean) on: June 18, 2014, 02:50:46 PM
TrackPoint Labs- Shotview app

Yup, the guncam is still a thing.

Certainly refines the concept of "confirming the kill" when you can YouTube it.

I think that violates YouTube's terms of service...
10  Products / Mistborn Adventure Game / Re: Mistborn Adventure Game Revisions on: June 07, 2014, 09:33:36 AM
Yeah.  I guess Marsh should have a feruchemical atium spike as well, but that's not really worth a revision.

Well, we won't probably go back to revise stats based on information available after the end of the original trilogy - I would just as soon stat Marsh as Ironeyes and give him the Atium spike there Smiley

That raises an interesting question... have you included the Compounding rules for Atium, despite it being pretty much unavailable in the Alloy of Law era? (Marsh has a bag and is compounding it, and the compounding rules for Atium would be useful in terms of statting the Lord Ruler... I personally wouldn't want to compound Atium, I'd much rather acquire a tonne of breath...)

EDIT: "I personally" Lol. Look at Kadrok confusing reality and fiction...

Stats for the Lord Ruler: 10 in everything. The End. :p
11  Community / Off-Topic / Re: [Civ: BE]Harmony, Supremacy, or Purity? [Discussion] on: May 31, 2014, 01:40:34 AM
Anybody else think the Purity and Harmony third tier guys look a bit like Tau Fire Warriors?
12  Community / Off-Topic / Re: D&D Next Going Live In July on: May 28, 2014, 08:52:04 PM
Wasn't there a 3.5 WoW sourcebook at one point?

Yes. Yes there was.

I believe that actually came out before WoW, but after Warcraft 3. There's a lot of fluff in there that was removed as of WoW, I think.
Believe it or not, the most broken thing in that book was the goblin device rules, that let you for a small down payment make rediculously effective explosives.
13  Community / Off-Topic / Re: D&D Next Going Live In July on: May 28, 2014, 11:49:33 AM
One concept from 4E that I liked was simplifying the five foot step rules into the concept of shifting. I liked that some abilities let you get an extra shift for free, sometimes several. There's a reason all my Fantasy Craft characters have Fend (well, all the melee combatants at least).
14  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: May 22, 2014, 10:35:27 AM
Hmm, I've never heard Earth called a Planet of Outlaws before.
Sure, Humans Are Warriors, Leaders, and Diplomats. We all know that we're Special, Flawed, Morons. Sometimes we can be Good, and sometimes we can be Cthulhu. But Outlaws? I'm not sure we've worn that Hat before...

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15  Community / Off-Topic / Re: This can only end well... on: May 21, 2014, 03:19:18 PM
The stock market doesn't MAKE money. It just swaps it from one person (or computer) to another. For every big winner on the stock market, there are losers. When the total value of stock goes up, it just means people are just throwing more money in the pot.
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