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Doctor Albert Halfmann

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  1. Anyone who insists on celebrating individuals solely for their accomplishments fuels a culture in which he who aspires to greatness feels justified in breaking as many eggs as it takes to make the perfect omelet. I can only respect a man who consistently treats all those around him with fairness and respect, regardless of their places in company or social hierarchies. That said, Jobs has died, and at quite a young age to boot. Let's not go too far with the hatchet jobs.
  2. Originally Posted By: Nikanuur - more usable enviroment. I mean, if I can pick up the pick-axe, please give me a chance to break something with it. Cave-ins to be precise. Mb 3 squares with one pick or something like that (I understand a pick-axe is fairly common so let's not destroy the meaning of hard reachable place all of a sudden I'm afraid that if every last item included to provide detail and richness to a setting possessed some essential utility as well, we'd all soon run out of space in our packs/junk bags. I'm not bothered by the presence of items of negligible value, so long as I can be sure that I won't need any of 'em.
  3. Wasn't there also a fence implemented to keep dingoes at bay? I seem to recall hearing something to that effect from a friend's relative who hailed from Australia.
  4. Originally Posted By: Dikiyoba But Dikiyoba saw some absolutely adorable leeches last week, so Dikiyoba's opinion probably shouldn't count for much. (At least they weren't the bloodsucking kind.) Hahaha, I'm afraid that does damage your credibility a bit. Though of course a lot of non-mammals are aesthetically appealing as well. Almost all birds, with the exception of certain vultures and condors, are quite nice-looking if not beautiful. Most reptiles are cute too, especially tortoises and turtles. Amphibians aren't bad, either, for the most part, and while most fish look ugly to me, some can be very well-formed. Where invertebrates are concerned, though, I don't detect a whole lot of cuteness. EDIT: Trenton is right where the big cats are concerned. But I find a lot of mammals that possess longer snouts to be quite appealing. It's just something about the distortion of the hyena's face when it grimaces that I find off-putting.
  5. Originally Posted By: Dikiyoba Originally Posted By: Stugri-La Dikiyoba, I admit that the hyenas in that photo are kinda cute. But most every non-marsupial young mammal is adorable, and it is significant that the adult has its mouth closed. In photos where their mouths are open, hyenas invariably look quite feral and unappealing. How is a hyena with its mouth open any worse than a lion or wild dog with its mouth open? All three have similarly shaped mouths and big teeth. Originally Posted By: Arancaytar Wolves? Cutest apex predator* there is. Well, up until the point they get mange, anyway. Dikiyoba. I don't feel that lions, wild dogs, or hyenas are at all identical in facial morphology, and they're certainly not very closely related to one another evolutionarily. Lions have such fine features that even when growling and grimacing their beauty is obvious. Wolves can make some ugly faces, but for the most part they're quite good-looking as well. Hyenas are, at best, just ordinary-looking. Though I do like wolves, I feel that tigers and male lions are far more aesthetically appealing. As a weasel guy, though, I'm partial to wolverines. EDIT: Ah, my mistake, you mentioned wild dogs, not wolves. I don't find wild dogs all that appealing, but they do tend to look a bit less grotesque than hyenas when growling.
  6. Originally Posted By: Pseudorandomizer Originally Posted By: Stugri-La Originally Posted By: Pseudorandomizer Related: How do people here feel about wolf hunting? IMHO, as long as they aren't interfering with us they're okay, but as soon as they interfere with people's livelihoods... invest in stronger, higher fences and leave wildlife alone. Yes, because building a massive wall around miles of cattle grazing land is economically viable. Well, then, the government could help 'em out with it. Our government is already throwing loads of farmer's compensation dough at farmers as it is.
  7. Originally Posted By: Pseudorandomizer Related: How do people here feel about wolf hunting? IMHO, as long as they aren't interfering with us they're okay, but as soon as they interfere with people's livelihoods... I feel that the ranchers that irresponsibly want to deplete recovered wolf populations over concerns about loss of livestock should just invest in stronger, higher fences and leave wildlife alone. Wolves should be allowed to re-establish their natural relationship with deer and other prey animals, leaving the way clear for an eventual ban on hunting. I've always been an advocate of animal rights, though.
  8. Yep, wolves and all big cats (and smaller cats, for that matter) are all quite beautiful and elegantly formed. Dikiyoba, I admit that the hyenas in that photo are kinda cute. But most every non-marsupial young mammal is adorable, and it is significant that the adult has its mouth closed. In photos where their mouths are open, hyenas invariably look quite feral and unappealing.
  9. I always play on Casual/Easy difficulty, and cheat to boot. I'm not much about challenges. I play mostly for story and aesthetic aspects. This applies to most games, with the exception of those that do not allow for cheats. When forced to deal with a challenge I sometimes enjoy overcoming it, but when an alternative exists I simply lack the discipline and patience to go the more difficult route.
  10. Also, make sure to collect gemstones, crystals, gold bars and even non-enchanted rings and charms if you've got room in your pack. Since the gems, crystals and gold bars are stackable, collecting them is easy.
  11. Originally Posted By: The Turtle Moves Fussel is adorable, I don't know what you're talking about. As for Frank and Louie, creepy but still cute. I agree. Neither are properly ugly, just a bit creepy and deformed. You know, I can't believe I didn't mention warthogs in my exceptions to the 'mammals are beautiful' rule. Pretty undeniably ugly. Hogs in general lack beauty, but most can be considered cute.
  12. Ah, a bit of research has yielded the mystery canine's identity: Sam, the Ugliest Dog Ever . Apparently he is a purebred hairless Chinese Crested. His current owners adopted him from a shelter, and while his temperament was poor at first, he was successfully re-socialized to some extent. He was champion of the World's Ugliest Dog contest from 2003 to his death in 2005.
  13. Originally Posted By: Struggling Little Flies It takes an ecologist or a real animal enthusiast to see the beauty in a naked mole rat. —Alorael, who finds regular rats adorable. Mice less so. Ah, the mole rat. I admit that it's quite difficult to find beauty in the critter. I do admire its powerful buck teeth, but that's about it. I find all other rodents quite cute, though, including mice and rats. Elephant shrews are likely the cutest rodent of all.
  14. Ye Gods. I believe I've seen photos of this canine before. He does have some very silky-looking white hair- but yeah, not too much else of beauty to note. But I said I couldn't think of many. Show me ten ugly mammals that aren't artificially bred, or hyenas, and I might relent. :{P
  15. Missy does indeed sound amazingly intelligent. I didn't use to care much for dogs, but in my more recent interactions with them I have found the interactions to be a lot of fun. I can't say I find all dogs beautiful, but most are at least somewhat appealing. Apart from perhaps the hyena, I can't think of many mammals that aren't beautiful in some respect.
  16. Originally Posted By: HOUSE of S Stughalf, if you read the entire Wikipedia page, you'll notice that it distinguishes between technical and non-technical use. The reality is that in non-technical use, people use "homonym" interchangeably with "homophone" (and "homograph" isn't used at all). If you ask most people what a homonym is, the ones who have any clue at all will probably tell you it's two words that sound the same. Very little of the grammar-related discussion that happens here uses terms that are even remotely technically correct, so I see no reason to quibble over Alorael's use of homonym. We all knew what he meant. Gotcha, I just noticed that part. I was incorrect in criticizing Alorael and others for their use of the term. However, my point still stands. A pun or double entendre based on a technically-defined homonym works equally well when heard or in print.
  17. Originally Posted By: Nicothodes Well, it is a sign of a good band/artist to be able to be amazing no matter what players they have on hand. Scheherazade and Other Stories was the first album I heard by them. My dad put it on because I'd gotten into Steeleye Span, and I loved it from the start. That's quite true. A good deal of artists that customarily perform with full bands are just as comfortable doing the singer-songwriter thing, acoustic guitar in hand. With a talented artist, the effect is different, but equally compelling as a full band rendition. I first got into Renaissance with the Ashes Are Burning album, which does not include the orchestra. I also dig Scheherazade and Turn Of The Cards, but I need to listen to those a bit more. I've got a buddy who is into them as well, and he's quite a fan of the album Novella. Quote: I got to see Donovan perform a few years ago when he went on tour with his autobiography, and according to my mum(who had also seen him when she was 17), he was a lot more light-hearted on stage, and just as amazing musically. Very cool that you've seen him. I've heard he is quite engaging and friendly with his audiences. I've seen an interview with him from the early '70s, and was struck by how deadly serious he was throughout. He was very fixated back then on singing the virtues of transcendental meditation. I believe he recently co-founded the Incredible Donovan University, with filmmaker David Lynch, in Edinburgh. Apparently students take courses in conventional subjects but are also instructed in meditation techniques and such. If I could got to college all over again, I'd love to attend!
  18. Originally Posted By: Master1 I think Alorael means that, in print, you can see which of the homonyms is being used. Knowing this, you may be less likely to realize the pun. When listening, I think you're thinking more critically about the words, so you're more likely to pick up on a homonym. I still don't get it. True homonyms have the same exact spelling. There's no way to determine their meaning except through context. I'm not talking about "foul" and "fowl" here; these are considered homophones, not true homonyms. I'm talking about one word, "over" in my example, possibly meaning "because of" OR "on top of." Two (or more) distinct meanings for a single word. Check out the Wikipedia page for Homonym for a detailed description of the differences between homonyms, homographs, and homophones. Homographs can work for puns as well, but only in print. Homophones, as we've discussed, work only when spoken. Homonyms, which sound the same and look the same, work regardless of medium.
  19. Originally Posted By: Harehunter Excuse me while I indulge in some sole food. "A little bit of ketchup with that foot?" I have to give you credit; that was pretty hilarious! I also liked your original joke, but I understand how it could be considered offensive. I'll just say that I think your dog is a beaut!
  20. You know, seeing all the folk-rock albums listed makes me feel as though I've neglected the genre. The only folk band whose albums I listed, the Incredible String Band, was more pure psych-folk. I'll add Full House (1970) by Fairport Convention to my list. I still need to get into Steeleye Span. Nico, I saw Renaissance perform last year in Chicago; Annie Haslam's pipes are still in fine form! Unfortunately they couldn't bring a full orchestra along, but they still managed to put their stuff across well. I almost included Donovan in my list, but my favorite albums of his, Sunshine Superman and Mellow Yellow, aren't quite consistent enough to make the cut. I also dig The Hurdy Gurdy Man, but I haven't heard his earlier albums, such as the one you listed. I ought to seek it out. Have you checked out the band Curved Air, Nico? I'd recommend their first album, Air Conditioning. They had a violinist as a full member, as well as a great female singer. Much like Renaissance, they were influenced by classical music, though Renaissance took that further.
  21. Well put, Goldenking. I do find some concept albums put the concept before the individual songs, resulting in tracks that don't stand up on their own. However, when the high points of these albums are high enough, the cohesiveness can make up for issues with consistency. The Gentle Giant album I listed (The Power And The Glory) is my favorite concept album, while their earlier effort Three Friends also qualifies as a fine example. Some other favorites of mine are the Camel album The Snow Goose and the Alan Parsons Project album I Robot. Your breakdown of concept albums into two categories makes sense. The two Gentle Giant albums are explorations of specific topics (the attraction of power and the artificiality of class distinctions, respectively. The other two albums I mentioned tell stories, and are in fact loosely based on novels.
  22. Originally Posted By: Dintiradan Making the list was interesting, because it made me think which artists I like because of their albums, and which artists I like because of their singles. Half of the albums I own are greatest hits compilations. A lot of my favourite artists don't appear on the list, because I end up listening to them one single at a time. On the other hand, The Wall is an album you listen to from beginning to end with no interruptions. Hence it's on the list while a tonne of other artists don't appear on it. Good point. One of my favorite artists is The Hollies, but their best work is definitely in the form of non-album singles. The LPs just don't stack up.
  23. Originally Posted By: Goldenking Originally Posted By: Stugri-La I think it might be interesting to also specify our nationalities and the breakdown of our album list by artist/band nation of origin. I am from America. 70% of my albums are from British bands, and 30% are from American bands. While I listen to primarily albums from the UK or America, my singles list is far more extensive. I have a few Buddhist chants that I like to listen to for relaxation, and I have a smattering of international classical-type musicians, like Carl Orff, whom I listen to. I also like French pop. I do like some bands not hailing from Britain or America, such as Wigwam, a great group from Finland, or Amon Duul II, from Germany. But somehow, I've yet to listen to an album from any of these bands that would qualify for my list. I enjoy a good deal of '50s, '60s and '70s film music from India (in various languages, none of which I can understand), but yeah, film soundtracks don't qualify.
  24. I think it might be interesting to also specify our nationalities and the breakdown of our album list by artist/band nation of origin. I am from America. 70% of my albums are from British bands, and 30% are from American bands.
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