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by UnarmedOracle
12 Mar 2016, 22:09
Forum: TapTapConcede
Topic: TTC 121 - Shadows Over Innistrad Spoilers Part 2
Replies: 7
Views: 1268

Re: TTC 121 - Shadows Over Innistrad Spoilers Part 2

In response to Cam's comment about the evolution of Gothic Horror into Cosmic Horror: Genre evolution with a focus on Horror, Science Fiction, and Cosmic Horror is my area of research I am attempting to get a PHD in. There are a number of references and articles I could pull about the transition of...
by UnarmedOracle
09 Nov 2015, 16:55
Forum: Fight the Future
Topic: Fight the Future 17 - Enders Game
Replies: 19
Views: 2797

Re: Fight the Future 17 - Enders Game

One of the more interesting artifacts of adapting a novel told by an omniscient narrator to a film is the introduced ambiguity in characterization. We no longer know why Ender does things unless he specifically tells someone. That's quite wonderful. In the book Ender tells us he destroys the Bugger ...
by UnarmedOracle
27 Oct 2015, 10:41
Forum: TapTapConcede
Topic: TTC 106 - Mailbag Episode 4
Replies: 16
Views: 1733

Re: TTC 106 - Mailbag Episode 4

One block does not make a type, subtype, or archetype relevant. Having good cards that interact with them makes a type, subtype, or archetype relevant. Falkenrath Aristocrat, Xathrid Necromancer, and Champion of the Parish all interact with humans and are powerful cards within their strategies, maki...
by UnarmedOracle
25 Oct 2015, 10:18
Forum: TapTapConcede
Topic: TTC 106 - Mailbag Episode 4
Replies: 16
Views: 1733

Re: TTC 106 - Mailbag Episode 4

Sure. And because it was relevant in Innistrad, it is relevant in Highlander. Because artifacts were relevant in Mirrodin, they are relevant in Highlander. Because Fairies were relevant in Lorwyn, they are relevant in Highlander. Just because there isn't a deck in standard right now doesn't mean tha...
by UnarmedOracle
25 Oct 2015, 08:25
Forum: LRRcast
Topic: LRRcast - Workplace Accidents
Replies: 11
Views: 1546

Re: LRRcast - Workplace Accidents

I wouldn't correct Alex on the sphere/ball thing because it doesn't impede my understanding of his statement. It's a distinction that is meaningful in a few small applications and for almost every other the two terms, while distinct, clearly community the same message.
by UnarmedOracle
25 Oct 2015, 08:22
Forum: TapTapConcede
Topic: TTC 106 - Mailbag Episode 4
Replies: 16
Views: 1733

Re: TTC 106 - Mailbag Episode 4

Human is a relevant subtype to both Falkenrath Aristocrat and Champion of the Parish, which are Highlander staples.
by UnarmedOracle
29 Mar 2015, 11:29
Forum: MtG
Topic: Friday Nights - Here Be Dragons
Replies: 19
Views: 3802

Re: Friday Nights - Here Be Dragons

VectorZero wrote:Holy continuity, Batman.

Does... Does Cam's card now say "every instant and sorcery you cast has storm"? :shock:


No, it says all instants and sorceries have Storm.

I actually really want my card to be real.
by UnarmedOracle
06 Feb 2015, 13:18
Forum: Magic: The Gathering
Topic: My New-ish "Pauper" Commander Deck
Replies: 2
Views: 898

My New-ish "Pauper" Commander Deck

Hi everyone! I mentioned recently that I had built a pseudo-pauper Commander deck using only commons, including the Commander (as opposed to "real" Pauper where the Commander is an uncommon creature with no Legendary sub-type requirement). It's led by Ramirez DePietro, and is based around ...
by UnarmedOracle
11 Jul 2014, 11:01
Forum: LRR Video Discussion
Topic: Female Characters
Replies: 133
Views: 14396

Re: Female Characters

I want to give a detailed, lucid response, but I honestly don't think it would do any good. CulturalGeekGirl and others have been doing just that for pages and have been either ignored, accused of being offensive, or had their own arguments explained back to them. This is such a perfect model of the...
by UnarmedOracle
23 Jan 2014, 22:33
Forum: LoadingReadyRun Streams
Topic: A Swiftly Tilting Cameron
Replies: 398
Views: 32405

Re: A Swiftly Tilting Cameron

I am happy to continue playing XCOM until I have completed it on Impossible / Iron Man. After that, I'd like to play Alpha Centauri, or Civilization V, or maybe Deus Ex: Human Revolution as a palette cleanser until Alien: Isolation launches. Then ... then there will be Space Hulk. http://www.rockpap...
by UnarmedOracle
16 Dec 2012, 21:19
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Menswear
Replies: 1897
Views: 51417

Re: Menswear

A reasonable hoodie (or so I've heard): http://www.american-giant.com/full-zip- ... shirt.html Good places to shop for menswear in Victoria are Outlook, Four Horsemen, and Philip Nyren - if you can afford to spend the money. The Patch is a great thrift store, and there are plenty of general retail o...
by UnarmedOracle
09 Aug 2012, 19:42
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ask An Astronomer
Replies: 93
Views: 2185

Re: Ask An Astronomer

Dear Lord Crusher: Which hydrogen emission line is objectively the best, and why is it H-alpha?
by UnarmedOracle
04 Aug 2012, 20:48
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Invader Zim: Project Massive
Replies: 8
Views: 374

Re: Invader Zim: Project Massive

Isn't Jhonen completely and totally Done With Zim? I was under the impression that he had repeatedly said that the entire experience was terrible.
by UnarmedOracle
31 Jul 2012, 15:23
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Menswear
Replies: 1897
Views: 51417

Re: Menswear

I love Nerd Boyfriend. Wish he updated more often.
by UnarmedOracle
24 Jul 2012, 20:32
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Global Warming and You!
Replies: 46
Views: 784

Re: Global Warming and You!

Then I'm not exactly sure what you want from the technology; this is exactly what's being alluded to in the video you posted. I understand that solar energy is being used to drive the reaction. Nowhere did I say that it was generating energy from nothing. The point is that this carries out the react...
by UnarmedOracle
24 Jul 2012, 19:09
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Global Warming and You!
Replies: 46
Views: 784

Re: Global Warming and You!

Not necessarily. I've attended lectures where researchers have found novel and relatively low-energy reactions for synthesizing alcohols and long-chain hydrocarbons from CO2 and water, but these reactions generally require platinum group metals for catalysis. It's a longshot but depending on how ast...
by UnarmedOracle
06 Jun 2012, 17:16
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rest in Peace, Ray Bradbury.
Replies: 6
Views: 350

Re: Rest in Peace, Ray Bradbury.

The Paris Review posted a Bradbury interview that they began in the 1970s, abandoned, then rediscovered and finished in 2009. Best line? "I’m glad you’re back in the world. You have a different face, a different name, but the soul shining out of your face is the same ... welcome back." htt...
by UnarmedOracle
27 May 2012, 18:59
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Menswear
Replies: 1897
Views: 51417

Re: Menswear

Sorry to intrude, but I've just returned to my recurring summer position with a Calgary energy company. My office maintains a "business casual" dress code, which means that the men usually wear the trousers from a suit with either a light blue or a ...'fun' dress shirt worn sans tie, no ja...
by UnarmedOracle
26 Apr 2012, 13:52
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Mining in Space!
Replies: 36
Views: 615

Re: Mining in Space!

What makes planetary resources' asteroid volatile mining brilliant is that you don't need to bring any of it up out of a meaningful gravity well. Water isn't compressible, weighs a tonne, and in flat out necessary for human space travel, which is a nasty combination when everything costs $$$ to brin...
by UnarmedOracle
26 Apr 2012, 10:47
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Mining in Space!
Replies: 36
Views: 615

Re: Mining in Space!

Everything I've read about this makes it sound like it could absolutely work. I'm not an astronomer so I can't really comment on how common nickel-iron asteroids are, but as a chemist I can tell you that a new source of platinum-group metals will be revolutionary. Just thinking about how this will d...
by UnarmedOracle
22 Mar 2012, 13:00
Forum: Video Games
Topic: Mass Effect 3 - SPOILERS!
Replies: 441
Views: 9595

Re: Mass Effect 3

I wasn't really directing my comment at The_Doctor ... just, God, the announcement that Bioware will be amending the ending in response to the internet whargarbling is just kind of depressing. I feel bad for Bioware, who told a great, challenging story and were rewarded with personal attacks, econom...
by UnarmedOracle
22 Mar 2012, 12:11
Forum: Video Games
Topic: Mass Effect 3 - SPOILERS!
Replies: 441
Views: 9595

Re: Mass Effect 3

I really don't even think they deserve "a gentle spanking". What for, exactly? Not telling the story you wanted to be told? I wasn't satisfied with the very very end to BSG, but I didn't threaten economic ruin on Ron Moore if it wasn't changed according to my specifications. At some point ...
by UnarmedOracle
21 Mar 2012, 22:15
Forum: Video Games
Topic: Mass Effect 3 - SPOILERS!
Replies: 441
Views: 9595

Re: Mass Effect 3

I suppose this could easily stray into a conversation about our definition of art, and I'm not really certain that I'm qualified to discuss that. Suffice to say, I really enjoy Mass Effect and was satisfied with how it ended. IF bioware chooses to amend that, I'll probably play it too, but I'd rathe...
by UnarmedOracle
21 Mar 2012, 19:56
Forum: Video Games
Topic: Mass Effect 3 - SPOILERS!
Replies: 441
Views: 9595

Re: Mass Effect 3

Something I read on twitter today nailed this on the head: "So if the government comes knocking, games are art. But when we hate the ending, they're products and the customer is always right. Got it." As someone with an arts degree, I appreciate thoughtful, engaged and engaging Criticism, ...
by UnarmedOracle
21 Mar 2012, 11:29
Forum: Video Games
Topic: Mass Effect 3 - SPOILERS!
Replies: 441
Views: 9595

Re: Mass Effect 3

I think it's worth pointing out that faster-than-light drives still exist, so intra-cluster travel is still possible, but relatively lengthy -- weeks or months instead of moments. I think there was also an ANN story just before the game launched mentioning research into Calabi-Yau Manifolds, which c...

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