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The Gates of Horn and Ivory

Two Gates the silent House of Sleep adorn; Of polish'd Iv'ry this, that of transparent Horn:
True Visions thro' transparent Horn arise; Thro' polish'd Iv'ry pass deluding Lies.

  1. tonterias

    tonterias New Member

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    My boat already came in but I'm lost somewhere in the woods of life.

    If you knew you were infected and would turn into a zombie would you
    kill yourself ?
     
  2. Umaeril

    Umaeril -o-}}}X{{{-o- Staff Member

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    Doubtful, I would try to find a cure up until I became a zombie and then there is always the hope you can ride the infection out.

    If you did happen to acquire a super power...would you become a vigilante?
     
  3. tonterias

    tonterias New Member

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    No. I would only use it in my defense or for my own good, without exploiting others.
    The last thing I want to be is Superman with a beeper on or with a cell phone.
    That would be one unenviable character to be, simply because he will never be left alone,
    but will always have to answer to someone's distress 24/7 every day of his life.

    If you were forced to reincarnate and come back, what would you come back as?
    (human,animal or other)
     
  4. Umaeril

    Umaeril -o-}}}X{{{-o- Staff Member

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    Hmmm....ok well I would not mind being a giant Sequoia tree and live for 2000 years but that might be a tad boring after this. So I would choose human instead.


    What was the most interesting thing that you actually made an effort to learn on your own? Even if you did not succeed.
     
  5. tonterias

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    Line dancing. I was pretty good at it too years ago when I was really into it.
    I knew dozens of different ones and top of that I also knew how to waltz, do the swing and even 2 step as well.
    Thing about line dancing though is that it taxes your memory more than your feet.

    What was your favorite sport either in school,college or after?
     
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  6. Umaeril

    Umaeril -o-}}}X{{{-o- Staff Member

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    That is interesting about line dancing, I never got much into country music aside from bluegrass which I adore. For a time I was fortunate to live in Nashville so I have seen plenty of line dancing and I have had the pleasure of hearing lots of good bluegrass. But yeah, there are a lot of moves to line dancing.

    I avoided sports in school. I hated PE with a mindless passion. I liked stuff I could just do by myself like swinging on the monkey bars, I really liked those rings where you could swing around almost like flying. The only sport I played in college was tennis and I was very bad at it. Oh and hiking if that is a sport, I did that. All over too, down the Grand Canyon to the bottom and back up and some other canyons and hiked in the Himalayas too.


    Which family member do you take after the most? Did the apple fall far from the tree?
     
  7. Entervixen

    Entervixen Well-Known Member

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    I'm an interesting blend of my parents, who are quite unlike most of the others in their respective families. It's hard to say which one I take after more, it really depends on my mood and self esteem that day which one I pick.

    Do you have a role model? If so, who is it and why?
     
  8. Umaeril

    Umaeril -o-}}}X{{{-o- Staff Member

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    My role models change by who is around me and I try to choose the best facets of a person to emulate. So my role model is a pastiche of human qualities which I have found admirable and which are unlikely to all be found together in the same person.


    About what time do you start drawing the blinds in the evening? Or do they just stay open?
     
  9. Skully

    Skully Reptiles and Samurai Staff Member

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    The curtains in my room have been open about...twice in the last year I'd say. I'm terrible. I also rarely use the downstairs living room... >.> <.<

    I read this somewhere else, but I'ma steal it: If you had to spend 30yrs alone in a room with someone, with the condition that you had to kill the person you shared the room with once the 30yrs were up, would you choose to spend the time with someone you love, or someone you hate?
     
  10. Umaeril

    Umaeril -o-}}}X{{{-o- Staff Member

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    Meh, I would have to change the conditions...for example, sharing with someone I hate and killing them right off instead of waiting 30 years b/c what is the use of that? Actually I would die before I would endure that which negates the question.


    You can choose a language to know as intimately as your mother tongue...which one do you choose?
     
  11. Crazy Dave Number 23

    Crazy Dave Number 23 Methodless Madness Staff Member

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    Well, Polish, of course. I think learning the gist of the Romance languages would be pretty easy as it stands, so knowing a Slavic tongue would give me the basis for learning most languages in Europe, I think. Knowing something really ancient and secluded would be cool though too. You know, those tiny cultures that exist in a country that somehow have survived the millenia. Most languages die off, but I would like to know something old. Not necessarily an aboriginal language, just... um, here, these:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Language_isolate


    If you could have one artifact from history, existing today, not existing today, or even closer to mythical, what would you have and where would you put it?
     
  12. Umaeril

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    The Ark of the Covenant is what I chose and I would put it in the living room, lol. So I posed the question to Josef who said, "The goose that laid the golden egg" and we'd put it in the "drum room" (which is the room where he does his drumming, obviously). Nice question.


    When you get mad and you do some verbal damage, do you think you are usually effective?
     
  13. Entervixen

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    Considering people tend to cry, yeah. I'm waaay too good at hitting soft spots.

    If you could change one thing in history, what would it be?
     
  14. Umaeril

    Umaeril -o-}}}X{{{-o- Staff Member

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    That is a hard one! I want to take out all of the evil people, like Hitler. So I think I would select the elimination of Hitler as my change. The next question becomes, what does that do to our timeline? I guess we would all wink out of existence or we would reverberate and become confused about some things for a time. I do not believe in unsolvable paradoxes.

    It's midnight and your feet are dancing, where do you go?
     
  15. 21007

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    You mean as in where do I go if I suddenly get an urge to go out during midnight? The beach. It's quiet during night and there is nowhere else to go, really. It's also reasonably beautiful if the sky is clear.
    On a vaguely related note, when we are talking about eliminating evil through the hypothetical scenario of removing Hitler from existence, it will fundamentally change nothing. History will be just as violent. Hitler's a drop in the ocean when it comes to people with grandiose ideas and ideals accompanied by complete immunity to guilt. It does make for a Command & Conquer storyline, though!
    "He who controls the past commands the future, He who commands the future, conquers the past." ~ Kane

    If you are given the chance to travel back in time to be a passenger on LZ 129 Hindenburg on its last voyage without retaining the knowledge of its fate, would you?
     
  16. Umaeril

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    That was Orwell, no?...maybe not. And yes, history is written by the victor. XD Lucky victors.

    No I would not take that chance, I don't care for flying and making the decision to die by flight is not something I would do.

    If you could be either transported to 500 years in the future, as you are, where they might or might not have solved the woes of the world, or you could have a full life of say, 90 years, starting over but being born in 1910 (memories wiped), which would you take?
     
  17. 21007

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    The future obviously, I already know what history is like and seeing the world crumble around me for 90 years is just cruel even if I don't have memories. Seeing all the amazing new technology come up is a small consolation. At least the future has a 50% chance of being good.

    As an additional note, the morality rate of Hindenburg disaster was only 36%, so certain death wouldn't be part of the decision. That quote is indeed by George Orwell, but it's attributed to Kane because in context it's from a Command & Conquer game... I believe it was Red Alert where it was attributed to him. That one dealt with time traveling assassination of Hitler. So the quote in that case was quite literal.

    Is 1984 becoming a prophecy?
     
  18. Umaeril

    Umaeril -o-}}}X{{{-o- Staff Member

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    I still would not go on the Hindenburg. :tongue:

    1984 hmmm wow. I remember when 1984 arrived. There was Bowie's album that came out too in anticipation. If you mean is it possibly starting to occur then I would have to say "yes" but not like in the book. Not in a simplistic black and white good ungood way. People might be complacent as we were back in 1984 that it had not happened. But at that time, on January 1, 1984, we wondered if it would happen. From the perspective of 30 years later I can see we have grown to already be enmeshed in some of the dystopian elements of the book. Facebook. All of the bots and cookies that follow one around. Universal ID cards. Soon we will be able to walk in a store, walk out with the food and it is automatically charged to our account. GPS. The Orwellian future is already here. What we are fighting to do is to evolve our species extremely rapidly (because altruistic behavior is successful behavior for us) in the setting of the equally rapid evolution of Big Brother. I speak not only of the US but other permutations world wide. The answer is yes.

    What do you think is really happening in the so-called Middle East?
     
  19. Entervixen

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    I think our media skews too much for viewer ratings and fear mongering (not saying it's not super dangerous, so much as the media is using that to scare us here) to really be sure what's going on. At least here in the US, I can't speak for foreign news.

    Do you rely on pain medication, even something as basic as OTC Tylenol, or deal with pain some other way, or a mix? Why?
     
  20. Skully

    Skully Reptiles and Samurai Staff Member

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    I am the most stubborn bastard in the world when it comes to medication; I refuse to take it unless absolutely necessary. In the case of non-prescription stuff, it's simply because I see it all as a placebo I can survive without. I prefer to grumble about pain and glower at the world until it's over.

    If you could change one thing about yourself physically, what would it be?
     

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