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    Have you read "The Scarlet Letter"?

    The Scarlet Letter was one of the more bearable novels I was forced to read during high school. The trouble with these "classics" is that they have little, if any, meaning for modern day students. What makes a classic a classic? LOL, I'd like to know if, seventy years from now, there will be a generation of high school students moaning about how unfair it is that they have to read through SEVEN WHOLE BOOKS and then right a report contrasting the conflict in the Harry Potter series. ROFL Anyway, back to Hawthorne: Dimmsdale was a bit of a hypocrite, wasn't he? But perhaps he hoped that if he remained anonymous, he could hope to soften the blow a bit for his child (and the mother). I dunno, it's been so long since I read it.
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    A story-oriented RPG without battles?

    I've got one in the works myself. Due to the nature of the idea behind the story, battles are definitely out. Then again, there is something to be said for mindless cyber genocide. When I'm feeling stressed, sometimes it helps to be able to go out and kill orcs.
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    Difficulty Levels?

    Depends on the game. Usually, I'll choose "Easy" the first time, but often play the "hard" levels on consecutive plays. Like Yummy Drink Factory. If AV3 has levels, I will probably choose "normal" or "hard" for the first time through. I enjoy a challenge. And playing on "hard" forces me to really think about what I'm doing and where I'm going.
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    Elephant Birth Cam - LIVE!

    Sorry, totally can't read Dutch/German/Flemish/whatever they're writing in. The cam is the fascinating part.
  5. I've been watching this for a while now, along with some of my friends from around the world: Phyo, one of the elephants at Antwerp Zoo (Belgium) is in labor and due to give birth any time now. They have set up a live streaming cam so you can watch - it's really interesting: http://www.baby-olifant.be/ *The smaller elephant you see with her is her 3 year old daughter. There is a 3rd elephant in the stall, but you don't see her as often. This is the expectant mother's "aunt." *When Phyo crosses her hind legs, this means she is having a contraction. It helps her deal with the discomfort. *Elephant gestation is 2 years. Labor can last up to 48 hours. Humans - let us be thankful!
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    Stella - Before the Fall

    Hey, neat story. It will be interesting to see where YOU take this story, as opposed to the AV3 plotline.
  7. OK, I'm thinking this has got to be one of the more idiotic questions, but I haven't been able to figure it out on my own yet. I am making a map of an interior room: we'll call it a house, for lack of a better term. Anyway, I understand about "autotiles" and all that, but which autotile is used to create the "walls" - specifically, the outside barrier of the "room" itself? Like seen in this picture here: http://rmxp.tigerseye.uk.com/images/tm4_2a.png When I try to do this, I get two brown lines with black in the middle, like so: http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z311/rage74/Miscellaneous%20Images/sample1.jpg What am I missing here? Obviously, I'm doing something wrong, but what is it?
  8. Boy, that is really non-intuitive! I would not have come up with that one on my own. Thanks!!!
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    Where are you from?

    Well, back in the 80s, they released "Return to Oz." It was a quasi-sequel. I don't remember much about it. But there's no "remake" of the original as far as I know.
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    Where are you from?

    The Wizard of Oz is an old movie, from 1939. I believe it was the first movie to film in color. Wizard of Oz on IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0032138/
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    Where are you from?

    Wizard of Oz - ever seen the movie? We Kansans have to put up with a lot of Wizard of Oz jokes. "Hey, Dorothy - give Toto a pat for me, will ya?" "Why don't you use your ruby slippers to live somewhere more exciting?"
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    Where are you from?

    I like living here; but don't start with the Dorothy jokes, OK?
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    Where are you from?

    I'm in Kansas. It's May now, and we should be having some nice, warm weather. But, alas, it's been a weird year. In January/February, we were having days in the upper 60s/low 70s with clear, sunny skies - VERY rare for this part on the country. But now it's cold and damp and rainy - ugh! I don't mind the cold, but a damp cold is just horrid. What I really mind is high heat and high humidity. I used to live in the deep south (Georgia) and hated it, yuck, it was so hard to breathe!
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    People who swear

    Well said. However, something else important to remember is that those who hear or read those words attach just as much meaning to them as the speaker/writer does, and sometimes not the same connotation. This is especially true, and problematic, in cyber-discussions. Too many times I've seen seemingly innocent comments spark furious arguments because the reader cannot "hear" the emotions that are being put into the words. I am always very careful what I write or post online, and try to make sure that I don't leave something ambiguous that might offend, anger, or confuse others. Granted, we can't go through life without offending anybody, but at the very least I (myself) will strive to ensure that others don't think I'm being intentionally degrading to them or their friends. And that's what is most important, I think.
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    Aveyond 3

    A chaptered game, eh? Now that's interesting.... Hmmm.... I would assume that, for the game to flow properly, that something from chapter 1 would have to carry over into chapter 2...unless the characters/storyline for 1 has absolutely nothing to do with the other.... Hmmm....My interest in this game is definitely piqued!!!!! *glances at calendar* *glances at watch* *paces*
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    People who swear

    I'm not so sure it's "older" people in forums who swear a lot. I'm a member of a rather small, closed forum; the youngest member is in her late 20s, most of the others are over 50. There is absolutely no swearing of any kind going on between us. Another board, where I am a forum moderator, has a wide range of ages, all the way from 11 upwards of 70 or so. It's a large forum, for fans of the author Jean Auel, and there is no swearing (for the most part) there, either. Oh, maybe the rare occasional word, but the mods put a stop to anything that seems disruptive, inappropriate, or attacking. I think it has to do a lot with the "tone" of the forum and what the moderators will or will not allow. An established forum, where the rules are not only spelled out but also enforced, that has a good member base that sets a good, positive tone, will keep itself free from undesirable activity such as swearing, flaming, etc. Quite frankly, those are the types of forums I gravitate toward - even if the forum is for discussion of something I'm interested in, I won't stick around if I don't like the tone. I like the tone here. I think I'll stay.
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    Aveyond 3

    ROFL. "Soon." At another forum I frequent, the word "soon" is an internal joke which means "never." It's a long story. I'm going to wager that Amanda won't keep us in suspense QUITE that long....
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    Aveyond 3

    *glances at calendar* Is it time yet? Oh, hey! There's a new interview! Runs off shouting, "STELLLLLLLLA!!!!!!! STEELLLLLLLLLA!!!" *giggles*
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    Whisper of a Rose

    Mizzou: Thanks for the link!
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    Whisper of a Rose

    This looked like an excellent game to try, so I downloaded it for a trial. I finished the few opening scenes (school, museum, street vendor), then ran back to the bus stop to go home. I selected the home village from the option (For the life of me, I can't spell the name, LOL), the bus picked me up, drove off, and then I got an error message that said "Cannot find graphic file Fog...." I should have taken a screen capture, but didn't have my program up and running. Anyway, it kicked me out.
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    Aveyond 3

    *glances at calendar* How much longer? *glances at calendar* *paces* *glances at calendar* (No, I'm not anxious for the game...)
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    Swine Flu

    That was the thing that really bothered me about the whole H5N1 asian "bird flu" flap - the media sent everybody into a frenzy over how this was going to wipe humans off the face of the earth (that was pretty much their tone). They even had "experts" saying how the asian bird flu virus was definitely going to be our next pandemic, inside of a year. And then look what happens - it comes from an entirely different source, several years later. Sheesh. I just hope that we don't succumb to the same level of panic.
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    Swine Flu

    What an excellent resource, Argoyle! That is a very informative map. I'm going to distribute this among our office staff.
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    Swine Flu

    If the borders are really closed - nobody in, nobody out, no exceptions, and within each country people do not move around too much - I think it will make a difference in the global spread of the virus. Our ability to traverse the globe quickly does hasten the spread - during the bird flu scare, the CDC estimated that once that virus gained the ability to jump from human to human, it would be global in less than 3 months. The H1N1 virus does not infect birds at this point. To be able to do so, it would have to add to itself sections of code that correspond to avian DNA. That mutation might mean that it no longer infects pigs and humans - or that mutation might mean that its far more deadly for humans than before. That's the trouble with viruses: you never know what they're going to come up with. However, the scenario of it being carried across the globe by wild birds is probably not one we need to worry about yet. Even if it did mutate enough to infect birds, we wouldn't see the results immediately - they don't travel the same way we do and for the most part they don't come into direct contact with large populations of humans.
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    Swine Flu

    Technically, influenza itself is an avian disease; that is where the virus originated and where it still holds natural reservoirs (meaning its always in the bird populations everywhere). It is the equivalent of the "common cold" - spreads pretty quickly, but doesn't make its victims very sick, and runs its course quickly. All of the strains in existence today mutated from that original avian virus. So, yes, there is a connection between the avian influenza that made headlines a couple of years ago (H5N1 strain) and the strain currently causing trouble (H1N1 variation). The H1N1 virus is a swine virus. It generally erupts in the domestic pig populations annually, and doesn't cause much damage. In the past, this virus has shown the ability to infect humans, but it was an uncommon thing and there was always direct contact with an infected animal. Now, however, we are seeing human to human transmission, which is why the CDC and everybody are so worried. When the virus begins to jump from human to human, and not just pig to human, that means it is mutating. It's one of the reasons that healthy adults are the ones getting sick here, instead of the elderly, very young, and those with compromised immune systems (as is the norm with our regular human influenza virus): the virus is not similar enough to our normal variety of flu that our antibodies are not effective enough protection. That is why pandemic flus can be so devastating: because the general population cannot combat them. Well, unless we have assistance. And in the United States, I think our CDC and health care systems has responded very well to this. Perhaps the pseudo-panic that erupted 2 years ago over the "bird flu" from Asia prepared them for this. The thing that worries me the most is all the media flap about the cases in Mexico. First of all, we don't really have any good solid numbers to work with: the ones the media are reporting from Mexico are, for the most part, "suspected" cases. Truth is, nobody knows exactly how many cases there are, and we don't know what population they came from, how long they were sick before they sought medical attention, and what sort of medical attention they are receiving. However, to contrast, the US has confirmed case numbers and the CDC is monitoring all cases. We don't have any deaths attributed to this virus so far - in fact, it seems that many of the victims aren't really all that sick. What Devin_PerryFan said is what I was wondering about: how is Mexico's health care system and government holding up? It doesn't look as if they're doing a very good job, sadly. The population is panicking and the very people who are supposed to be helping the patients are turning them away! I fear that unless a team sysmtem and get some good pandemic procedures going, this flu could do some serious damage to Mexico. It is a sad, sad state of affairs. But even with 2 confirmed cases in my state (Kansas), I'm not too terribly concerned about it at this point. My mother, who lives on the east coast, has already purchased masks and latex gloves - I wouldn't be surprised if she's sending me a package filled with them as well. The things we all need to remember are: 1. Practice good handwashing skills. 2. Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth, or do so as little as possible. 3. Wipe off or disinfect shared items such as telephone receivers, computer keyboards, etc. 4. If you do have to cough or sneeze, do so into your elbow or arm NOT your hands. 5. Practice good health habits: eat healthy, stay hydrated, get plenty of sleep. 6. If you feel ill or have symptoms of influenza, do not go to work or school. Contact your doctor immediately.
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