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  1. EVE Online

    As we all know there exists a giant, insane and amazing galaxy that is the game EVE Online. In this galaxy, not using ISBoxer and running several accounts in suicide, and to go with that you need Mumble, Jabber and a BUNCH of API-based applications to play on a larger scale (people and ship-wise). Some bulletpoints: A "Sandbox" world with very few limitations - almost everything is built by the player, and almost everything can be destroyed. No level grind; instead you gain Skill Points (SP) at an hourly rate as you train skills. The SP gain is affected by your stats, which you can relocate once a year and change by getting implants to your clone (which you can loose). There's also permanent SP loss if your clones aren't updated and somebody destroys the one your in. There are no classes. There's only one shard which all players share, which means New Eden have nine years of history. You can pay the monthly fee with in-game currency, you can also buy characters with in game currency. The going rate is 1B ISK for 1M SP. Each expansion adds complexity and new tiers to the game, but (most) old stuff remains relevant. I've been playing on and off since 2006, rolling around with a bunch of characters and doing all kinds of crap but mostly fighting smaller forces. I love and hate the game so damn much, it's a lot of fun coming up with complex ideas and ISK plans, but sometimes very frustrating to put them into action. The combat is still awesome because you can wreck people's day for profit. Questions?
  2. New website!

    I love love love that you put up schedules for the show. Amazing!
  3. New Forums! Post feedback, notes, etc here

    I'm very happy that someone instated a francis Bacon Smiley. Who did that? I've got some more suggestion in the same vein…
  4. Idle Thumbs 70: An Angry God

    I'm going to get that tomahawk and go on a rampage in Afghanistan
  5. Team Fortress 2 Co-op! Mann vs. Machine

    I'm aware of previous releases, but I guess I didn't engage with them like I did with this. I feel like a kid I'm so excited about this.
  6. More Famous Than Vanaman: Jonathan Blow

    ^^^ This is a better explanation than mine, he's got character and personality which shines through in what he makes, which I personally really like. Of course I might just be imposing my knowledge of Blow on his games or vice versa.
  7. Half-Life 3

    I'll carry my own torch and say: Valve ARGs are awesome
  8. Team Fortress 2 Co-op! Mann vs. Machine

    Am I really the only one who is amazed by how well Valve presents their releases, ARGs and all? Or am I just late to the party?
  9. More Famous Than Vanaman: Jonathan Blow

    I think Blow got lucky with the PR cycle surrounding Braid but I can't recall if/how he hit mainstream media during that time, it helps that he is a weird person and pretty outspoken. But yeah, I'd put my money on luck and weirdness.
  10. Team Fortress 2 Co-op! Mann vs. Machine

    Man Valve just does everything right with TF2, their presentation is so fucking good. e: I honestly can't believe how well they are doing with presenting new content, regardless of how good it is they still manage to make it look and feel incredibly awesome. This is nothing new but they must have some insanely fun people over there to somehow manage to hit all the right notes. It's hard to extract what's so good about it, but everything from theme to form to content is just right. I can't think about anything else this morning.
  11. Idle Tongues (food before your mind goes elsewhere)

    I try to cook seafood as often as possible, and meat. Think French without the wild/game and more disgusting American sauces. Then I drink beer/a variation of whisky/champagne and the occasional cocktail and whine. Obviously this is far from manageable in day-to-day, but I like to aspire to be special. And in some OCD fashion I like to emulate a certain cuisine. EEEE: What do people do for Bloody Mary? I'm thinking Cherry Belle / Champion radishes might be good in addition to the usual vodka / tomato juice / spices / celery but I'm not sure. Do you have any good recipes?
  12. Movie/TV recommendations

    I've seen very few of those movies. I'll try to express myself better: Lawrence of Arabia settled me for an old-timey adventure flick, but around the point where I realized that this wasn't what I thought it would be. And when Lawrence later you start forming a completely different opinion. All in all it was a pretty interesting psychological drama compared to what I was expecting, that combined with the cinematography made it very unsettling to me, especially considering how raw it was when it comes to those dark scenes and Lawrence's actions during them.
  13. Humour

    Well all Russian lit. wasn't written about her, which is the feeling I got from that book. Good for you though, didn't mean to piss on your fire.
  14. Humour

    Did you like it? I remember that her criticism applied to her life was very annoying. It was SO egocentric and shallow I got tired pretty quickly. Each to his own I guess. I think Proust can be pretty funny, but that's mainly because the dissonance between his meandering and incredibly detailed ways of seeing things which worked for me. And all of Saul Bellow's work I've read so far have been hilarious, he is just GREAT at writing good characters that interact in fun ways.
  15. Fifty Shades of Pride and Prejudice

    This is very good
  16. The Illuminatus! Trilogy

    This is annoying, I'm honestly curious! I think some information ought to be provided in the OP.
  17. Movie/TV recommendations

    People I just want to tell you that Peter O'Toole is a genius and that young Peter O'Toole was beautiful. See Lawrence of Arabia if you haven't, one of the best things ever and way sinister for a 60s flick.
  18. New people: Read this, say hi.

    ^^^ what do you newbies do for rent?
  19. The Illuminatus! Trilogy

    What is it about?
  20. Holy shit yeah both of his parents were pretty awesome. And a question to the book-cast, will it be about literature (literary or genre-fiction) or about books in general (taken to mean history, science, humanities, and such)? I prefer the former when discussions regarding form, language and presentation are encouraged rather than critical discussion regarding the content, which would be hard or limited in usefulness without expertise (books about video games are excused).
  21. Pretty baller. Can't find a bio on his mother, got some to share?
  22. Fifty Shades of Pride and Prejudice

    Scatological epistels… That dirty old fart. Gettit?
  23. Who is the Great American Novelist?

    Rus, but primarily Slavic
  24. Fifty Shades of Pride and Prejudice

    Nah I'm just fucking with you guys, and the formatting is off because I copy-pasted two different things.
  25. New people: Read this, say hi.

    Well my dream was set in the same nondescript Africa as Far Cry, but instead of gathering diamonds you where combating disease by harvesting information from tests you made on villagers, animals and flora which you then used to design ailments in your laboratory. Like Spacecop-CDC employed by Pfizer I think. Well.