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  1. NP Friday Dec 15, 2017

    I heard that to. Why? Dunno why, it just seems to be one of those things where society decided that wearing socks with sandals is the worst thing a person can do in fashion. Makes me wanna suit up in biker leathers and sandals with socks just to see who feels like pointing out just how daft that combo is to the 250 lbs bearded biker... But it's below freezing outside so I won't, today...
  2. Story, Monday December 11, 2017

    Or how about the way Florence Ambrose explained it? 'Any technology, no matter how primitive, is magic to those who don't understand it.'
  3. Story Friday December 15, 2017

    Warning! Topic drift: This was one thing that I found very entertaining when I started playing Gurps way back. In every system I'd seen Wizards and magic users in general tended to be some what undeveloped physically. In Gurps they looked like body builders. Reason was that casting spells cost fatigue, and fatigue was based on strength. So the magical powerhouse was quite likely to be built like Andre the Giant... Some gentle tweaking got that under control, but it was funny the first time we played and the wizard humiliated the fighters in strength based games. This was using the Basic rules 2nd or 3rd edition. Never read fourth edition so I don't know if they changed that.
  4. Patreon: December 4, 2017: Space Kitty Susan

    Yep, land lubbers the lot of them.
  5. Story Friday December 15, 2017

    It's those small jumps... They make all the difference.
  6. Story, Wednesday December 13, 2017

    Mike didn't get hit anywhere that much. However, I do accept Mike Tyson as the authority on ear biting. But he did spend a lot of time observing how people reacted to being hit in the mouth, and that from up close. I'm sure he saw many who stepped into the ring with a plan on how to win, but ended up quickly formulating a new plan called survive! The ear munching was an example of Mike getting frustrated when his opponent repeatedly refused to follow the plan and kept hitting Mike in the mouth. New plan was called "Hit me one more time and I'll chew your ear off". Though unconventional and unexpected it wasn't particularly successful in the long run.
  7. Story, Monday December 4, 2017

    They've animated The Smurfs? First I've ever heard about that... What's next? Animating Gaston, Spirou or Lucky Luke? yes, yes, yes and yes. I'm sorry. (Actually, the Gaston seems to not be related ... or maybe they just took some creative liberties ...) Definitely unrelated Gaston. I was thinking of Gaston Lagaffe, who apparently haven't been turned into an animated TV series. There was a movie adaptation, but the author refused to allow them to use the character names, so I can't really take it seriously. I guess he knew it never could live up to the comic.
  8. Story, Monday December 11, 2017

    Well, Mary of Exeter didn't have any problem with archers, at least as far as I'm aware, but she did get into a fight with some hawks the Germans kept. They wounded her in the neck and right breast, but she was able to return to duty after two months. On a later mission she had a run in with someone with a scatter gun, got her wingtip shot off and several pellets in her body. She was eventually retired after being hit by shrapnel, tearing her neck muscles badly, but still she got through. Her owner made a leather harness that allowed her to keep her head up even though the muscles were just so much minced meat. Her retirement was however not to be as pleasantly quiet as a Lady with her merits deserve as in 1942 the germans managed to drop a bomb on the loft where she was spending her days. But once again she pulled through and survived even this, though a lot of the other pigeons in the loft were killed. She was presented with the Dickin Medal in November of 1945, and eventually died in 1950. With no dropped packages she had a pretty good record...
  9. Story, Wednesday December 13, 2017

    Well... Edward might be right about your average Immortal, but I doubt there has been a lot of them going so far beyond their Best Before date as Pandora. So while it's possible she is weak on the physical plane we don't know how weak. There might not be much of a difference between her and say Jerry just before he started his death process, or she could be several times as strong. Only thing certain is that we don't know right now.
  10. Story, Monday December 4, 2017

    They've animated The Smurfs? First I've ever heard about that... What's next? Animating Gaston, Spirou or Lucky Luke?
  11. Patreon: December 4, 2017: Space Kitty Susan

    It could also be argued that as this is supposedly a vessel used to transport passengers between earth and the orbiting stations it often is chock full of landlubbers who have no or very little experience in how to move in microgravity. Having the cabin attendants use their velcro soled shoes (or was it magnetic soles? It's been a long time since I watched this flick) to "walk" may cut down on the number of passengers helplessly bouncing about the cabin trying to get to the loo... Just think of the problems live cargo like this poses. A few ground hogs flailing about when you need to do a acceleration burn can cause a lot of problems, and waiting until they've been hauled back to their seats and strapped down isn't an option when you are trying to match velocity with a space station or are maneuvering to hit the window to make a landing at a specific spaceport down the well.
  12. Patreon: December 4, 2017: Space Kitty Susan

    You think of the huge wheel used to generate a pseudo gravity? Simple answer is that the human body works much better with a bit of gravity. Circulatory systems, digestion, sleep. And these are just the things I can think of right now.
  13. NP Monday December 4, 2017

    Actually it's supposed to be brandy. Looks like it all started with this painting by Edwin Landseer back in 1820. Ever since st. Bernards has been depicted as carrying these casks with brandy to people being lost in the Alps. Supposedly the brandy was to warm the unfortunate traveler who had got caught in the snow and was in danger of freezing to death. We now know that this would be an exceptionally bad idea as all the alcohol would do was to increase the blood flow to the skin, making the victim radiate more heat and freeze to death even faster, though possibly a bit happier about the whole thing...
  14. Story, Monday December 4, 2017

    Ahhh... But Jenka has backup in the teeth department in the form of Füst. I'd estimate that between them they've got enough teeth to more than match most Jäger, with the exception of General Goomblast and possibly General Khrizhan...
  15. Story, Friday November 24, 2017

    I thought the standard procedure was to halt the simulation and store the instance so it could be resumed from the exact point. At least I think they implemented that as the standard after the Moriarty incident. The problem there being that the simulation wasn't halted when the users left the holo deck allowing Moriarty to observe them leave and by experimentation deduce that he existed in a simulation, and that once the simulation ended he would either be reset to the default state or just frozen in time until someone "real" decided to open that simulation again. Don't remember the details though, so it might have been a malfunction caused by some external source that caused the simulation to keep running. It's been ages since I saw that episode.