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      Welcome!   03/05/2016

      Welcome, everyone, to the new 910CMX Community Forums. I'm still working on getting them running, so things may change.  If you're a 910 Comic creator and need your forum recreated, let me know and I'll get on it right away.  I'll do my best to make this new place as fun as the last one!

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  2. Story, Monday December 11, 2017

    Even so, that one saddle requires a LOT of skill, specialised tools and materials to make, especially if it is supposed to be comfortable for both horse and courier. You can try to ride bareback for days on end if you disbelieve me. Personally I suspect that after a couple of days I'd wish I were a eunuch and round about the end of the journey I'd be a eunuch. And the skill, the tools and the various materials that go into a good saddle all require infrastructure. So there we are again. It is often an economy of scales thing. If you know that something is likely to be embraced by a mass market, you are more willing to throw the large amounts of time and money into the research needed to create it and make it financially feasible to produce. Mind you, a lot also depends on the magic system involved. Is magic limited to a few exceptional individuals? Or is it available to everyone if they can get the training? Does it require a power source, and is the power source renewable or limited? All can be factors. Steven Brust's Dragaera has magic available to everyone but really skilled mages are somewhat rare. A certain number of mages do research to improve what is known about magic. Many everyday necessities are easily accomplished by any schoolchild and power itself is for all intents and purposes unlimited, drawn through the Imperial Orb which in turn taps into the Great Sea of Chaos. All this makes magic common and useful, and in many cases the Dragaerans have found magic possible to combine with and assist in the development of technology. Technology, incidentally, gained a surge of popularity during the Interregnum, a three centuries long interval of time where there was no Emperor and magic did not work. Larry Niven had magic be powerful, incredibly useful and available to anyone intelligent enough to master the incantations behind it. It was also a non-renewable resource. Once it was spent, it was gone. You could create a floating castle in the sky if you wanted but eventually it would drain the region it floated above of magic and then it would fall. Finally enterprising mages created doomsday weapons that essentially worked through burning out all the magic in an area. Eventually magic was gone from all civilised lands and only a few isolated spots retained any. Jack Vance invented what Gary Gygax later on stole for Dungeons and Dragons. It is self-explanatory. Only a few could use it, it required incredible strength of will, and every spell could only be used once until re-memorised. This does not seem like a system where magic would supplant technology. (Gary Gygax made a good try at it, though. The physics of his game world were beyond surreal. Gold had so low a density that it could float on water, it took you a full minute to achieve terminal speed when falling and once you did achieve terminal velocity you fell at a rate of about five meters (six yards) a second. And there was much, much more that was odd about it. I am not sure that technology as we know it would even work under physical laws that strange.) And so forth. I should in passing mention the Technomancers of Mage: the Ascension. In Mage, part of what makes magic possible is general belief. The Technomancers essentially won the Ascension War by making humanity believe in the laws of science they had painstakingly crafted. 'Technological' advances become possible by convincing people that they are new inventions. In short, that world posits that technology is magic, we just don't know it is. (Even though the Technomancers are cast as villains, I kind of like them. In order for their magic to work, the population must be well educated and be able to partake freely in the marvels the Technomancers create. All the other magical Traditions are by far more elitist. Sure, they are 'more sensitive of the needs of Gaia.' They would also have all the rest of us live in muddy hovels and be ignorant so we can more easily believe in their magical marvels. No thanks.
  3. Changing Medications (Level of Trust Required)

    I've just taken my 4:00 a.m. oxycodone dose. Right now, my near-sciatic region is really firing off at me. I'm awake until the medicine kicks in.
  4. What Are You Listening To?

    Ninja'd! I've got that movie, downloaded from Archive.Org.
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  6. Story Friday December 15, 2017

    She's looking at someone who moments ago looked to be in their sixties or seventies now looking barely older than she is. As much transformation as has been going around, that ought to take a moment to process. That this is Raven's actual form. The fact that he's an elf, and a dashing one at that, can only increase the duration of that necessary moment. Besides, half-immortals cannot have children.
  7. NP Friday Dec 15, 2017

    I heard that to. Why? No, it's probably looking always same no matter what other cards are in effect.
  8. Story Friday December 15, 2017

    "No matter how subtle the wizard, a knife between the shoulder blades will seriously cramp his style." Wizards are traditionally vulnerable by physical combat, but the same is usually not true with non-human magic users like dragons. The r- ... t- ... Dragon Nobilis ones I mean. And she probably still has that number in her cell. I mean, would *you* delete it? I wasn't thinking she'd just run away home and forget about Susan, but she won't charge into the fray immediately. My guess would be, she'll call (or try to call) Mr. Verres's number first, and then try to keep out of the fighters' way while also trying to help out with shouts and soccer balls if and when they might be helpful. The problem for her will come when one or more of the aberrations notice that's what she's doing.... As far as we (or HER) know, there is no phone jamming in operation now. She doesn't need to run to try to call. By the time she gets to the part where her history teacher is using a magic sword to fight monsters in the mall food court, Edward will have the Governor calling in the National Guard. And he will probably alert the President to have a tactical nuke standing by in case any of them seem to be getting away. Why? Edward KNOWS Adrian Raven. When Diane mentions that her history teacher is fighting vampire, Edward may consider the problem already solved.
  9. Story, Monday December 11, 2017

    It is possible to keep at a higher speed if you bring a string of horses. Once the one you are riding gets tired, you switch to another one. This obviously won't let you gallop all the time but it will allow you to keep moving at a walk or even alternating between trot and walk for longer distances. Thing is, just having horses requires infrastructure. Especially good riding horses. At the very least it requires stores of food that will allow you to travel without having to spend inordinate amounts of time allowing the horse (or horses) to graze. Those bags of grain or horse feed that are so popular took farms and craftsmen to prepare. So did the saddle and tack, for that matter. And the horseshoes. Most couriers only need one saddle per horse - or less. However, the food requires infrastructure all along the path (in regular intervals), because you can't pack required amount of food and still expect to move fast. ... and magic could actually make this research EASIER. And as I said, I doubt magic can be mass-produced. Certainly not in a way technology can. The proliferation might be slower if rich "first adopters" would opt for magic-basic solution instead, but the research would likely still be there and if something proves to be useful the production can go up quickly.
  10. Story, Wednesday December 13, 2017

    That certainly could be an option, though she likely wouldn't be able to actually prevent them from leaving, just "guide" them to head back into the battle. Obviously. The idea is that no matter how certain you are that immortals can't physically restrain you, that sight will give anyone a pause to process.
  11. What Are You Listening To?

    Thank you! Always good to learn a new correct attribution.
  12. What Are You Listening To?

    Actually, that's an Irving Berlin song Oh How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning
  13. Things That Are Just Annoying

    "Madness was never this good!" Sorry, just really, really looking forward to the Doctor Who Christmas episode, quotes keep leaking out. ;-)
  14. What Are You Listening To?

    Much more tolerable if you know the lyrics. :-) You gotta get up, gotta get up, gotta get up in the morning! Gotta get up, gotta get up, gotta get up today! Some day I'm gonna murder the bugler! Some day they're gonna findhim dead! I'll stomp upon his reveille And tromp upon it heavily And spend the rest of my life in bed! At least, that's the way I was taught it went.... ;-)
  15. Story Friday December 15, 2017

    By the time she gets to the part where her history teacher is using a magic sword to fight monsters in the mall food court, Edward will have the Governor calling in the National Guard. And he will probably alert the President to have a tactical nuke standing by in case any of them seem to be getting away.
  16. What Are You Watching?

    Posting a day late, but last night the original version of the movie of Annie was on (as opposed to the recent newer take). I hadn't seen it in years. There were a lot of details I'd forgotten, but the music is good, with lyrics I can still remember all these years later, and seeing it as both a look back at the Depression era and as a movie made in the 1980s was an interesting contrast. Quite enjoyable!
  17. Changing Medications (Level of Trust Required)

    Virtual hugs to both of you. Sorry you're in pain, and I wish there were something I could do to help. If my sympathies and good wishes can help, you have them.
  18. Things You Find Amusing

    Of course! So are Gremlins, Sneakers, and Nightmare Before Christmas. Any others that should be on the list?
  19. NP Friday Dec 15, 2017

    If she must wear socks, I am grateful that she is wearing closed toe shoes with them. Sandals might be more appropriate with a bikini. But socks and sandals are a scandal.
  20. Story Friday December 15, 2017

    And she probably still has that number in her cell. I mean, would *you* delete it? I wasn't thinking she'd just run away home and forget about Susan, but she won't charge into the fray immediately. My guess would be, she'll call (or try to call) Mr. Verres's number first, and then try to keep out of the fighters' way while also trying to help out with shouts and soccer balls if and when they might be helpful. The problem for her will come when one or more of the aberrations notice that's what she's doing....
  21. Things That Are Just Annoying

    Unfortunately, it is actually driving us sane.
  22. What Are You Listening To?

    Let's see if you are just as enthusiastic about Reveille at dawn.
  23. What Are You Watching?

    Watching [Live*PD] on A&E. Some interesting footage tonight.
  24. Changing Medications (Level of Trust Required)

    Today's been rough. The last two or three hours of each pain medicine dose have been hell. The medicine has worn off, giving me level 7-to-7½ pain near my sciatic region. It's clear that the every 8 hours dosing schedule of 30mg/30mg/15mg isn't working. For the next two days, I'm going to try 15mg/22½mg/22½mg/15mg on the old 4am/10am/4pm/10pm schedule. I don't cut the pills in half very well, but Mrs. Prof does. She may get stuck with the pill cutting job if this works.
  25. NP Friday Dec 15, 2017

    I wonder if the swimsuit being such a skimpy one is also because of stereotypes about ditziness?
  26. Things That Are Just Annoying

    Man. Sometimes the world seems bound and determined to drive you crazy. >.<
  27. Things You Find Amusing

    I dunno, it looks a bit dog-eared to me.
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