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Movies / Greatest One-Liners
« on: December 26, 2007, 05:41:24 am »
What would you say the greatest one-liner in movie history is?

Now mine is a tie between the obvious, "IT'S A TRAP!" and (I probably favour this one way more... I think) from Hot Fuzz, "It's alright, Andy! It's just Bolognese!". I don't know why but I found the latter unbelievably funny... I really do mean unbelievably.


(It's still the 24th here but whatever, only 9 more hours and 22 minutes!)

You guys are awesome. Merry xmas to you all, have a great day. Get sick, fatties, marvel over your presents, pretend that those socks you got are awesome... just have an awesome day.

Love you all loads!... Bye(?).

Everything Else / I have a question about something that bugs me.
« on: November 16, 2007, 06:18:27 am »
In science fiction why does visible light get through forcefields, even noise... yet other ballistic and energy weapons don't? Despite the one or two cases in which it's actually pointed out (but not explained) this really bugs me. I guess it's for the sake of not having huge white (or black) areas appear where things impact them (white as in reflecting energy weapons, black absorbing)... it still manages to bug me though.

Is there actually a reasonable explanation for this? Perhaps it lets lower energy radiation through, but not higher. It may seem stupid and trivial, but it still manages to bug me (even though it is science fiction).

...oh, and one last thing, how would a ship go about firing a weapon through it's own forcefield? I guess they could say it disappears there for a second, but as far as I'm aware that's not what happens.

Movies / Next
« on: August 26, 2007, 06:53:58 am »
Went and saw 2 movies today, Next, and I know pronounce you Chuck and Larry. Both were absolutely amazing :), but I thought I'd mention Next (in the first film there was 4 of us, and 2 Asian dudes, and second film, 3 of us, and 2 whiteys! It ruled!)

Basically, it's about this guy called Chris Johnson (it says Cris on wikipedia, I dunno), who goes by the name Frank Cadillac (portrayed by Nicolas Cage). He can see roughly 2 minutes or so into his own future and uses this to his advantage at the Casino, he stays under the radar and doesn't bet a lot. Basically he sees this woman, Liz (Jessica Biel), and whenever he sees her (or about her) he can see way further into the future.

Well, I'm not gonna spoil the film, and I'm not gonna say if it's easy or hard to get (I totally saw the ending coming, I knew exactly where it'd 'pick up from'!), personally I found it quite easy.

The only bad thing about it was the length, it was way too short, it was no where near as long as it should have been. All over it's a great film, I'd suggest that anyone that likes a confusing or...warped sorta film should see it!

Everything Else / Scientists create gravity in lab experiment!
« on: August 17, 2007, 10:50:05 pm »
Well, hover cars just might not be too far off ;)

Quote from: Snippet of info from article
Scientists funded by the European Space Agency have measured the gravitational equivalent of a magnetic field for the first time in a laboratory. Under certain special conditions the effect is much larger than expected from general relativity and could help physicists to make a significant step towards the long-sought-after quantum theory of gravity.

Interesting huh :)?

I always hoped one day when I was older I might be the first to do something along the lines, so I'm slightly disappointed, ah well.

Lot of weirdly fast advances lately :D

Everything Else / Man trades Misille Launcher for shoes.
« on: August 17, 2007, 10:43:29 pm »
Quote from: article
Orlando emptied its bureau drawers and closets on Friday of more than 250 unwanted guns -- and one surface-to-air missile launcher.

The shoulder-fired weapon showed about 6 p.m. when an Ocoee man drove to the Citrus Bowl to trade the 4-foot-long launcher for size-3 Reebok sneakers for his daughter.

"I didn't know what to do with it, so I brought it here," explained the man, who said he found the missile in a shed he tore down last week. "I took it to three dumps to try to get rid of it and they told me to get lost."

Full story here! ;D

Only in America ;)

Spore: Roleplaying and Story Games / Alone
« on: August 11, 2007, 08:16:21 am »
Not many were asleep at the time, but for some reason...only those that were were safe...or maybe it was the other way around. Whatever had happened, it was odd. The rest...the awake ones, they just vanished, the word of Cinta V was almost completely devoid of life.

Species: Syntyan
Name: Layola
Sex: Female
Height: 11 ft
Weight: 180 KG

Layola had been awake 112 standard galactic hours straight. She was absolutely knackered and decided she'd sleep for a while to regain her strength. She went to bed at 4 in the morning.

She had an odd dream, a light, that was it, like a massive star, and other stars were orbiting it and merging and splitting, and doing all sorts of crazy stuff.

When she awoke she'd been asleep for little over a day and a half. She rubbed the sleep from her eyes and went to get a drink. She put the 'kettle' on and turned the holoscreen on. Nothing, static, that was odd. She stoop there rubbing her eyes, trying to recuperate herself...staring at the noisy screen blankly she decided to put a movie on. She turned it on, and while waiting for it to load up went off to make her drink.

When she came back through she put her drink on the table that grew up from the ground, several long snake like pieces came up, wrapped around each other, and formed a table top next to the chair. The menu popped up on the screen, she stared for a second wondering, then went to go put some clothes on.

On her way to her wardrobe she noticed something odd. Looking out of the wide round window she noticed...not much. A lack of any traffic, just sky scrapers, and hive buildings, towering high above the clouds. The orange grass in the distance caught her eyes for some odd reason. There was no one else, no one walking on the surface 80 or so floors below, no cars. She stood naked, pressed against the window looking for any sign of life, for something.

...nothing, she was alone.

Everything Else / Inorganic Dust Exhibits Life-Like Properties
« on: August 11, 2007, 01:40:00 am »
(CAPITALS FTW!!! (∞ hehehe))

Apparently some simulations were run, and this dust, in plasma, starts joining together and forming helix, and corkscrew shaped structures that then start joining with each other.

Article in question!

Quote from: Interesting Snippet by some dude
Quite bizarrely, not only do these helical strands interact in a counterintuitive way in which like can attract like, but they also undergo changes that are normally associated with biological molecules, such as DNA and proteins, say the researchers. They can, for instance, divide, or bifurcate, to form two copies of the original structure. These new structures can also interact to induce changes in their neighbours and they can even evolve into yet more structures as less stable ones break down, leaving behind only the fittest structures in the plasma.

Interesting, huh? Plasma Life! 8)

Everything Else / I was attacked by a spider!...A JUMPING SPIDER!
« on: August 10, 2007, 11:15:23 pm »
It was really scary, I sat down...and I was typing. I noticed something out of the corner of my eye after a minute or 2 (well, probably more like 20 seconds after I'd sat down). I wasn't sure if what I was have perceiving was really there at all. So I turned my head, glanced for a second, turned back (it took a second or 2 to process what I'd seen for some reason).

Suddenly I yell "S**T" and roll the chair backwards while leaping over the side, this spider jumps like 3 freakin centimetres up and across!!! Then it landed on the side bit of the desk that leads up to the shelf bit above the desk (well, it is part of the desk, but you get what I mean...right?). Needless to say there was a little commotion, Family Friend knocks it to the floor (apparently). I got the Hoover out (I refuse to call it a 'vacuum cleaner' >:(), Hoovered the floor and under the door.

-If it was sucked into the Hoover, I'm sure the centrifugal force killed it.
-If not, the spider spray will take it's toll *grins evilly and fiddles with fingers Mr. B Style!*

I guess the topic name was slightly misleading, but it DID attack my mind! That counts...right?

True story!

Books / Hooray, my Dad got me...RINGWORLD
« on: August 09, 2007, 04:21:46 am »
Not even started yet, but he's a very good writer, heard amazing things about this book, and I noticed that there isn't an actual topic for it :o...seriously...WTF?!?! How does such a famous book lack a topic?

So ummm, thought I'd start it. Anyone else read the book? Is it as good as the legends say :P, it seems a little too short to me (as are so many Science Fiction books :().

Spore: Creation Corner / Syntyan
« on: August 09, 2007, 03:42:37 am »
I finally decided on what I want my creature to be like. I've always wanted the head this way, I could just never be happy with the body configuration of any creatures a drew. So now, I, Scott, me, you...



Height: 9-12 feet tall
Weight: 200-220 Kilos
Life Span: Before Medical science, 120 years, afterwards, up to 400.
Defences: Not much, have a large mane that puffs up when threatened or scared to scare predators. Tend to become electrically charged when threatened.
Personality: Peaceful, Kind, Playful, Paranoid about safety
Gestation Period: 12 Months (3/4 of a Gelt year)

General Info:

The Syntyan (Sin-Tea-An) are a gentle species of herbivorous creatures from the planet Gelt (G/Jel-t). They stand between 9 and 12 feet tall, and weigh some 200 or so kilos and are very strong. They are the only intelligent species from their planet. They rose to this position because of an almost complete lack of defences, and through a serious of random genetic mutations.

Their limbs all have 3 sections to them, they have 4 legs positioned in such a way as so that they can move in any direction relative to where they are without turning their body around. The arms were originally in such a way, but when their brains started to get larger (density doesn't mean dumb :P, quite the opposite) the arms evolved to face in one direction, although because of the way they are jointed they can reverse the position of their arms and manipulate things 'behind' them just as well.

They have 4 black eyes, when it gets very dark they can see in infrared. They can also 'sense' (but not physically see) ultra violet radiation, they evolved this way as they orbit a small red dwarf witch has a habit of giving off solar flares quite often, if they sense dangerous levels of UV radiation they head for cover.

Their fur is Violet to blend in with the plants on the planet. The stripes down their back differ in colour, environmental factors and genetics both play a role, if they live in a heavily forested area with red fruit, the stripes would mainly be red, although they aren't always.

For no apparent reason they also developed a copper 'super coil' (coils wrapped into coils, wrapped into bigger coils, and so on and so forth) system through their bones witch leads to their hands, by harnessing electrical currents they can give off electrical charges and even create small magnetic fields. It is most likely that this was a failed evolutionary attempt, at least failed in the sense of what it could have become (although Alien genetic modification has been speculated upon). It is fairly useless in everyday life, although very creative Syntyan can put it to use in everyday activities (with a fair bit of determination and concentration mind you)

Because of this the Syntyan are practically immune to electric shocks, they're body absorbs it and can use it.

Sapient Syntyan:

The Syntyan are safety freaks! All through their sapience their objects, buildings, and generally everything...has been round, nothing ever has corners or edges. They studied physics vigorously, developing control over things such as particle fields very early on into their sapience. Again, being safety freaks they bunkered up and went to ridiculous lengths to protect their species.

They shielded their entire planet from physical objects, this ruled out being destroyed by meteors, although the first few shields being primitive in nature also lead to the tides being screwed up. This was fixed with later generation shielding though. Later generation shielding also boosted the power of their already strong EM field which blocked a lot more cosmic radiation.

Stasis fields were developed for space ships in case anything went wrong, for pretty much everything that required risk.

Although they were a very odd species indeed, try as they might to preserve their own species and lives, they would also make the most suicidal split second decisions when the time came. They are regarded by most, as a very peculiar species.

Planet Info:

Gelt is a fairly largish moon which orbits the gas giant Hydrodor, it's about 9000 Kilometres in Diametre. Originally it was a planet although some time in the distant past it was pulled into a stable orbit around the gas giant. This apparently happened several billion years ago when the star system passed through a small 'arm' of a nebula, a very dense planet most likely captured a lot of gas around it becoming a gas giant and pulled Gelt into its orbit. It's gravitational pull is about 0.8 Gees (1 being standard on Earth).

The planet is roughly 75% Water, there south poll is very small, only a few hundred kilometres in Diametre, there north poll is very large however and is actually part of the main landmass (the largest continent)

Life on Gelt is fairly similar to life on Earth, all life is carbon based and needs water to survive. Life forms are quite a lot larger than they are on earth, the largest land animals are larger than Blue Whales, and the largest sea creatures dwarf even them.


Standing Up Straight:

Defencive Stance, cheek fur and mane puffed up to give the illusion of being much larger, arms positioned in menacing manner:

Hand (cos I thought it could be interesting :P):

More info later (constructive criticism welcome, etc etc...blah blah blah, bye)

Movies / Futurama Movie
« on: July 30, 2007, 09:09:56 pm »
well, some new news has surfaced about the direct to DVD movies (specifically 'Bender's Big Score'). It has a release date of November 27th (yes this year...2007)

Looky here!
...and/or here!

I personally can't wait for this. Futurama will never be around for too long. I aleady have all 4 seasons, and I intend to get all of these, and every new season to come along (I'm watching 'A Big Piece Of Garbage' at the moment :), I'm having a Futurama marathon today!)

Books / Just finished reading Journey to the Centre...
« on: July 10, 2007, 10:37:38 pm »
...good book, it's like 20 or 30 years old but it's good. Was too short though, usually I don't like to read a book unless I get a good 3...maybe 400 or more pages in it, this was only 200. But it was a good read. Dunno if there's a sequel or what as I can't seem to find much info about it on the internet (well I could, but usually I like to use wikipedia as...well I just do, I'm not to fond on shuffling through loads of other sites.)

Anyone else read it? If not...DO SO!

Storytelling and Roleplaying / UESS Alpha
« on: June 22, 2007, 04:53:45 am »
Largely known as Earths first great success, UESS (United Earth Star Ship) Alpha was a colony ship built over the course of 21 years, the result of a joint collaboration of all space agencies on Earth. It was finished 22nd of December 2317. Built in orbit around the planet Earth it measures an impressive 42.7 Kilometers long, 5 wide and tall most of the way but at it's widest and tallest is about 8. It has room and life support capacities for about 4000 people. The ship has artificial environments that mimic outdoor Earth perfectly, the largest and most impressive is an area located roughly in the middle of the ship that takes up the top half of that particular section. It's about 4 kilometers long and wide and has large hills surrounding a lake.

It is laced with a massive tram system and a futuristic (by todays standards) highway that runs roughly through the center of the ship.

The ship set off for a system 6 light years away February 10th 2319 with a total crew size of 2017 people, it made a stop at the Jupiter Space station to pick up extra fuel and other extras before setting off for it's first jump point. After 7 months of small jumps they were 1.5 light years from earth. Suddenly the first proof of Alien Life appeared, a huge ship about twice as large as the colony ship slipped out of a tear in space. Everyone was awestruck but suddenly they realised the ship was in trouble, it was damaged heavily and was ejecting life pods, another ship slipped out after it and finished it's job before turning on the UESS Alpha, it didn't have enough fire power alone to destroy the Earth ship, but they never intended that...they came aboard.

Name: Scott

Age: 38 (average future life span 180)

Occupation: Chief Physicist and Engineer on board ship, was responsible for the design of the jump drive and shields as well as other things.

Height: 7'2" (Again Height has changed in future to an average of 6'6" or so)

Weight: 96 Kilograms

Suddenly the electric went off, well the lights did, the ducts were still pumping clean oxygenated air into the rooms, he looked around his dark bedroom, how he longed for a window, but he knew that was stupid.

s**t he thought to himself, he calmly walked over to a blank monitor and fiddled with some wires, it flickered into life, a furry 4 legged 4 armed alien could be seen in the shadows fighting of a massive bipedal scaly one at least 14 feet tall...or was it a triped? what did it matter, the "Good one" lost easily and was chocked to death good god, such brutality, what can they possibly want? he really liked the ones that had survived from that other ship. He looked up at the dark lights but nothing happened.

"Better get out of here then" he said aloud. He knew this ship better than anyone, he knew what to do.

Well how do you think people (whether it be you in particular or the entire world) would react if aliens turned up (think independence day (the film) in which the spaceships just hover about in the air (although without the destruction and all, and maybe not over cities)

I think I'd cope better than most people, I'd probably slightly panic, there'll always be a little bit of me that the movies got to, but my Common Sense tells me that a species that would be capable of interstellar travel wouldn't come to such a small planet inhabited by a "primitive species" just to kill us. I think society as a whole might panic, people would start looting and fleeing from the cities.

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