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Everything Else / Re: Politics
« on: October 13, 2010, 03:56:53 am »
We have gun laws here. I've never wished me or any member of my family or any of my friends or anyone I know had a gun in some situation they were in so that they could've defended themselves. I don't live in a quiet out-of-the-way place, I've lived in capital cities for all of my adult life. There is gun crime here but it's the gang members and they're importing illegal guns to do drive-bys on other gangs. Do you know who has the largest gun force? The people we've selected to keep the peace. We have as much crime as anybody, but to be honest, I'd rather be threatened with a syringe or a flick-knife than a gun, I feel like I have a better chance of seeing at least a few more years after that encounter. Maybe that's just me. Pretty difficult to accidentally stab someone you're threatening with a knife and easy to get jumpy with a trigger.

You can have your safety and your rights and your bravado and your paranoia about your government or whatever you need, but I wish you could experience my life so you'd see how much safer you can feel unarmed.

Everything Else / Re: Personal Problem Discussion Thread
« on: October 07, 2010, 03:32:11 am »
Attenborough is fine, but will someone please take back Jamie Oliver? in exchange, we're prepared to take oprah off your hands for a bit.

My personal problem is that if he doesn't stop taking up prime time with reality tv shows and general inane banter, I might just have to "bash it up a bit"

I am aware that this rant is left field but the tv's on and I can't reach the remote...

Everything Else / Re: Just a thought...
« on: October 01, 2010, 07:04:11 am »
Out of curiosity, if it was legalised for the purposes of food and building materials but nothing else, would you be satisfied? Or are you really just pointing out good qualities of the plant to make it more available for other purposes.

As an aside, I have absolutely no problem with legalising dope, I just find the pot smokers to be really boring at parties.

Forum Games / Re: The Avatar Above Me
« on: October 01, 2010, 07:00:31 am »

reminds me of the shiny toothed muppet from The Muppet Show who played the panio. There's no good reason, it just does.

Everything Else / Re: Could we converse on Theatre? Perhaps? Let us do so.
« on: September 30, 2010, 04:58:57 am »
I saw Waiting for Godot when the production with (sir) Ian McKellen in it came through town. I thought Roger Rees played a good part but I can only imagine what it must've been like with McKellen and Patrick Stewart as it was a year ago...I think it's the sort of play that only draws you in with a good cast, but if you have the chance to see this particular production, you don't need my recommendation, you can listen to the critics.

PC Games / Re: The Sims 3
« on: September 29, 2010, 05:11:56 am »
I haven't tried same-sex marriage, but I know there are same-sex relationships. That said, I haven't tried male on male relationships, but there are definately female-female.

You can in iphone sims 3. You can even try for a baby in a same sex marriage.

Everything Else / Re: Who are you?
« on: September 29, 2010, 04:59:38 am »
I count them as a genre because they're usually made up of genre-benders.

Do you mean casual games? Indy devs get antsy about being synonymous with casual...

Everything Else / Re: Politics
« on: September 29, 2010, 04:51:57 am »
That said, from what I've heard about the show and movies, she's right that Sex and the City should be offensive to women.

I dont get that. Why does anything need to be offensive to an entire minority or, in this case, sex? I like sex and the city, she doesn't. I don't speak for all womankind, neither does she. She should stop putting words in my mouth since she's all pro-women's rights and all...except if I have a husband. Then I need to be supplicant while remaining strong and independent...

Everything Else / Re: Politics
« on: September 28, 2010, 04:52:42 am »
Is it possible that this article is made up mostly of fabrications and out-of-context muddlings? because I've never known a set of policies I completely and whole-heartedly disagree with before...

I feel sorry for her. That's bad, right?

Spore: General / Re: AUSTRALIANS - SPORES out! screens inside-56k warning!
« on: September 02, 2008, 12:28:22 am »
Waiting for the install...

I spoke to the guys at Game and according to them, EA dont have 'street release dates' just guidelines on when the game is likely to be ready. They said they actually had the game yesterday but were told to hold off a day so everyone got their shipment before they started releasing to stop people from panicking. They say they were given the go-ahead by EA Australia themselves.

Spore: General / Re: AUSTRALIANS - SPORES out! screens inside-56k warning!
« on: September 01, 2008, 07:21:57 pm »
I'm breaking months of forum silence to say: I just got a call to say my copy is here!

I'd post impressions n stuff but...I'll be busy playing spore...

Everything Else / Re: What's your job?
« on: March 03, 2008, 10:05:05 pm »
Current Job: Game Designer......(gambling industry, sadly not games)

Future Career: Game Designer in games industry...or possibly just a management type...not sure yet

Fantasy Job: CEO of a small games development studio but (wait for it) it DOESN'T go bankrupt!

Everything Else / Re: Debate with sense
« on: February 07, 2008, 12:29:14 am »
Because, apparently, my knowledge about olfaction isn't as good as yours, would you be so kind to explain it on a bio-chemistrical level? And then explain how molecules, which are detected in the nose can give an answer on how far it is away?

Well, I dont know if MY knowledge of olfaction is any better than yours but try this one out:

There is far more information processing on the visual responses from your retina then just the raw data of what comes in through your pupils. The brain uses a bit of trig and your stereoscopic vision to work out distances to objects as well as past experiences of shadows, textures and memory of any recognisable object's size to give you information about depth. This processing is all done AFTER the cones and rods have triggered as a result of light hitting them which would be the eye's equivalent to molecules of smell hitting your sensory neurons.

What I'm getting at is that a 'visual image' of locations of objects would be a result of data analysis done after you've gathered the data. For example, maybe you could have stereo-olfactic depth information similar to stereoscopic vision. It could hook into your visual cues, connecting remembered smells with visible objects. Hell, it might even be a kind of overlay over your vision with a big red x saying "I think it's coming from here"

Another option would be for the visual representation to just be a series of colours and shapes to identify the molecular structure of the smell because our brains are more highly developed for pattern recognition in visual data then any other sense.

The article did make it out to be very black and white, but you need to consider that the article was probably written as counterpoint to people with very black and white views about Iran being the totally deserving enemy.

Yeh, I agree. I think it's just trying to point out that all countries have their skeletons in their closets and also that most leaders are a little bit evil. I think it would work effectively with any warring countries.

Everything Else / Re: Evolution yes/no
« on: February 07, 2008, 12:04:11 am »
That's not true. The cockroaches you're referring to actually come from the tropics and can only survive inside buildings in the colder zones. Though they existed before man and now live in almost every country, the majority of them would go extinct if human dies out. Only the specimen in the warmer regions would survive. In colder regions, they are like parasites living off the human, by living inside its buildings, eating its food and using its transport vehicles for spreading across the globe. And as any parasite, it dies together with its host.

I dont know where you're from but where I'm from we have something called the bush cockroach which survives anywhere in coastal australia - much like Australians. I imagine there is a similar "race" of cockroach which can survive on any habitable landmass, much like ours. The bush cockroach was here long before people (or at least, european people) and my point stands even if it wasn't. We have food and shelter and the cockroach takes it and we cant stop it. This is an act of dominance.

I think you're confusing quantity with dominance.

Quantity IS dominance. A human being on his own cannot control the technologies we boast about. One man can kill a wolf with a gun but a pack of wolves can take down a gunman. Noone could claim that man in the singular sense dominates the world, they mean that Man in the collective sense dominates the world. In any case, it is not the quantity of cockroaches that makes them dominant, it is our inability to control them. Dominance is control.

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