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Is holding a pen between your teeth while power posing something very popular on this forum?
Yeah, the guys at the top of the hierarchy here are big fans of self-help books, it's best not annoy them or you might get banned for a week (or more) like I did.

You did? When? I didn't know that - wear it with pride, my friend! At risk of being banned myself, would be cool to know your "transgression" - pm me if you're not wanting to share publicly ( wouldn't blame you ).

I have a rant somewhere buried in this forum when I was yelling at ( Wilshire? ) that statistics was the worse for argumentation - I know, this is about science, but I'm not a scientist, so taking you'alls word for it here.

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General Misc. / Re: What are you watching?
« on: August 02, 2019, 06:09:48 pm »
Chernobyl ... wow, this show owned me. It's a limited run of 5 episodes on HBO. Highly recommend it. To be clear, I'm in no way making any assertions of it's accuracy, I don't know much of the details of what actually happened. That said, I/we welcome all comers and if you have some information/facts/perspective on the actual event, please share and know it's appreciated without judgement or disputation. I'm only giving this show an A+ based on how enjoyable it is to watch. The acting is crazy crazy good. Direction and story are superb, it's has a grip on your throat the entire time. Production is top shelf. This thing is a real horror show and if accurate, an actual hole was opened into hell, simply mad stuff.

Killing Eve - so this show is interesting as it has a lot going against it for me, a campy comedy girl power thing ... or so I thought, while it is those things, that's the cover for what turned out to be a fairly clever dark comedy/spy story that's more than what it appears. I typically don't like comedies, but this one was fun to watch and I recommend it. It's not super heavy, though it is quite violent - but the comedic aspects enhance the horror of the violence, not mute it. It's fun to watch and recommend it. No big reveal on human nature, just fun and I've been on a spy kick lately, though it suffers a bit on the intrigue and is more human interaction than clever plotting - a mix of every day people with the fantastic than genuine cloak and dagger stuff - it's not like "omg, what's going to happen next" like we get with The Americans, but more of what people who are typical psychologically react to genuine psychopaths. I'm not psychologist, but the lead psychopath is likely more caricature than real, but hey, they have to make it fun to watch. But it's not stupid either, not idiotically outlandish - they walk a nice line with this one.

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General Misc. / Re: Board Games and Miniatures
« on: August 02, 2019, 04:17:25 pm »
I can see this Kickstarter coming in at 1.75 million or so, which seems supported by the data.
15 days left and it's at 1.3 million - this thang is going north of 2 million when all said and done. 25% of the final number of backers pledge in the last 24 hours.

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General Misc. / Re: Board Games and Miniatures
« on: August 02, 2019, 01:17:24 pm »
I doubt it, but on the off chance there are some MechWarrior/BattleTech fans here that haven't seen this yet, I'll post it.

BattleTech: Clan Invasion Kickstarter is over 1.2 million dollars right now.  Plastic redesigns of Clan and Inner Sphere mechs, plus lots of other add ons.

I've not played it. 1.3 million KS, impressive :)

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General Misc. / Re: Quotes
« on: July 31, 2019, 07:41:16 pm »
(one of these days I'm going to end up taking a quote I've saved and posting here only to realize it was from here that I got the quote in the first place)

Then the thread is working  ;D

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General Misc. / Re: Board Games and Miniatures
« on: July 31, 2019, 04:49:29 pm »
If this is a reprint of the Avalon Hill original - man, this is one fun game. Thanks for the heads up :) ... will any pre-order online from any online shop get them or from a specific site?

Yes, it's a reprint of that game.  From what I understand, it is a pretty good game, expensive and somewhat hard to find on the secondary market.

The preorder must be direct from GF9, my fault, I meant to put a link to their shop to preorder.

It is a very good game, I played it when I was young. They did a really nice job of balancing something that is so asymmetrical. It's funny as I read up on this, it's mentioned that Twilight Imperium was "the answer" to there having no Dune reprint for so long. I played Twilight Imperium this year for the first time and was thinking at the time that this was the first game since Dune with such a beautifully designed political component to the game, not knowing there was an ode to Dune during it's design. Twilight Imperium is the funnest game I played this year and I played about 10 new games ( all the current greats: Sythe, Terraforming Mars, Mansions of Madness, Lords of the Rings, Descent, Viticulture ... but not Gloomhaven yet ). I would put Dune in same class as all of these gems - those old Avalon Hill games were expertly designed, making them gems still today.

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General Misc. / Re: Board Games and Miniatures
« on: July 30, 2019, 11:39:05 pm »
If you preorder the rerelease of the Dune board game, you get free shipping and some game markers.

(Yeah, it says at the show, but you can preorder online and get the markers too.)

If this is a reprint of the Avalon Hill original - man, this is one fun game. Thanks for the heads up :) ... will any pre-order online from any online shop get them or from a specific site?

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Philosophy & Science / Re: The taboo against meaning?
« on: July 14, 2019, 09:13:04 pm »
Can't God give us free-will and so He/She/It is only indirectly responsible?

So the question is, how much of the evil in the world should god/God be responsible for? I think all of it even if we have free will ( for which I think we do ). We don't exist in a vacuum - so even though I'm making decisions from myself and not other/others, there is a myriad of influences I didn't choose. I didn't choose to be alive, nor when/where/from whom I show up here. I didn't chose my dna or know the any of the random events I would encounter. My circumstances were derived elsewhere ( disease, mental illness, random victim of violence, etc ). So while I may have free will, I get to chose so little. I'm not accountable for much given my limited cognition, my circumstances and faced with so much unknown - and I'm expected to operate without error - or at least with a level of error acceptable to Heaven? Hmm, don't think so.

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Philosophy & Science / Re: The taboo against meaning?
« on: July 14, 2019, 08:01:53 pm »
Well, there can be anything as we've not figured it out yet. Could be Camu was right ( God is either not-all-powerful or evil, for which he was more suspectful of the latter if there was indeed a god/God ).

Interesting - do you have a Camus passage in mind regarding the possibility of an Evil God?

Appears I misquoted him a bit, but here is where I pulled that from:

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Knowing whether or not man is free involves knowing whether he can have a master. The absurdity peculiar to this problem comes from the fact that the very notion that makes the problem of freedom possible also takes away all its meaning. For in the presence of God there is less a problem of freedom than a problem of evil. You know the alternative: either we are not free and God the all-powerful is responsible for evil. Or we are free and responsible but God is not all powerful. All the scholastic subtleties have neither added anything to nor subtracted anything from the acuteness of this paradox.
- Camus

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Philosophy & Science / Re: The taboo against meaning?
« on: July 14, 2019, 05:47:09 pm »
I see what you mean, but on the other hand we do live in an age where people are profiling the contents of single cells, and so far there's still no sign of the Soul, so to speak.

Can't there be a God without souls?

Also, I thought you were a theist?
I don't like putting myself in boxes, I just identify a lot with the Tleilaxu POV.
But yes, there could be a God without souls, or meaning, if you ask me.

Well, there can be anything as we've not figured it out yet. Could be Camu was right ( God is either not-all-powerful or evil, for which he was more suspectful of the latter if there was indeed a god/God ).

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Philosophy & Science / Re: The taboo against meaning?
« on: July 13, 2019, 07:56:42 pm »
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Today, the vast majority of scientists extrapolate the little we know of molecular biology and assume that life is merely a mechanical process at a molecular level. In other words, we are just machines,
This is literally the same reasoning as creationists saying that "you can't explain how the eye evolved, therefore the bible is true."

Wait, what is like the creationist argument? The idea we are just machines or the critique of the idea we are just machines?

In brief, since evolutionary scientists haven't been able to explain/prove everything about how life came to be what it is today, it's false or at the very least doesn't disprove there is a god/God. I agree with TL to some extent, but I don't think the author is going as far as Creationists and simply stating something apparently true which is the matter is not yet settled.

Yes, in my view, if the show does not go on after death, I consider that loss/lost. There are a few here who claim relief if we prove there is nothing - I'm the opposite, though I will say I would certainly accept oblivion over eternal torment is what's in store for me  :)

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Philosophy & Science / Re: The taboo against meaning?
« on: July 13, 2019, 02:38:29 am »
This is one of the more inspiring posts I've read, here or anywhere :) ... all is not necessarily lost just because it appears so. At least for those of us whom find meaning more comforting than those who don't.

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General Misc. / Re: Quotes
« on: June 26, 2019, 03:31:38 am »
I think it was themerchant who brought this quote to my attention, I love it:

A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.
-Max Planck (German Physicist)

Ha ha, yes, deftly dealt

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General Misc. / Re: Quotes
« on: June 26, 2019, 03:28:58 am »
Walking along a mountain path in Japan, we come upon a rudimentary hermitage with a large temple bell suspended from a simple   wooden pagoda.   Unlike Western carillon bells, the Japanese bell has no clapper and is struck on the outside much as one might strike a gong....Admiring the excellence  and  obvious  age of  the engravings on the  casting, we hear the footsteps of the temple priest and turn to ask,  “How old is this extraordinary bell?”

Touching  his  palm  to  the  massive  casting, he  responds,  “This  is about five hundred years old, but” (removing his hand to point into  the  black  void  within  the  bell)  “the emptiness within—that’s eternal”..
 --Thomas P. Kasulis


A common feature ( to me ) about Japanese quotes are I ( think ) get them, but can't articulate what I'm getting. They resonate at either multiple levels of my ability to understand, or at a different level than language.

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General Misc. / Re: Quotes
« on: June 26, 2019, 03:24:34 am »
"An angel is depicted there who looks as though he were about to distance himself from something, which he is staring at. His eyes are opened wide, his mouth stands open and his wings are outstretched. The Angel of History must look just so. His face is turned towards the past. Where we see the appearance of a chain of events, he sees one single catastrophe, which unceasingly piles rubble on top of rubble and hurls it before his feet. He would like to pause for a moment so fair, to awaken the dead and to piece together what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing from Paradise; it has caught itself up in his wings and is so strong that the Angel can no longer close them. The storm drives him irresistibly into the future, to which his back is turned, while the rubble-heap before him grows sky-high. That which we call progress, is this storm."

Walter Benjamin, Theses on the Philosophy of History

Wow, this one's intense, I love it :)

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