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General Discussion / Re: Genuine Mystery - SOS in Western Australia
« Last post by Noisy Rhysling on May 28, 2017, 10:03:21 PM »
I'd expect more wind-blown debris at the site if it was more than a year old. The area around the sign is clear.

What sort of debris are you thinking of? It looks to me like a natural clear site where I wouldnt expect much more than rocks, trees and shrub grass to be in the area to create any debris.
Come down to the Great Southwest with me and I'll show you debris patterns. That site has been groomed, and recently.
Come down to Australia and we'll show you a totally different ecosystem with different flora, different fauna, different weather patterns, and not nearly as much blown debris as you are used to.
Or not so much as you notice, right?
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TV & Movies / Re: Alien Covenant (Spoilers)
« Last post by Zed on May 28, 2017, 09:56:05 PM »
Why did a crew who knew zip-shit-nada about a planet walk around on it without suits?

EXACTLY! Ugh. At least in Prometheus they made a big to-do about if they should remove their helmets.
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TV & Movies / Re: Rate the last movie you just saw.
« Last post by daniel1948 on May 28, 2017, 09:53:39 PM »
Miss Peregrin's Home for Peculiar Children. 8/10. I quite liked it. I was a bit concerned going in because of all the posts above lambasting Tim Burton's recent work. Guess I disagree with those posts. Generally I dislike time-travel themes, but somehow this one didn't bother me as much. Maybe because they don't try to offer fake-science explanations, but instead just allow it to be magic. The kids' powers were cool, and Samuel L. Jackson was a very good villain. Oh, and the monsters were nicely creepy.
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Religion / Philosophy Talk / Re: [US] Child Marriage
« Last post by daniel1948 on May 28, 2017, 09:47:14 PM »
Discussing this on another board and somebody brought a New Hampshire bill which attempted to increase marriage age.
Most of the state Republicans voted to table it. I don't understand how that would even be a Republican point of view.

https://legiscan.com/NH/rollcall/HB499/id/600555

Just a guess: The Republicans opposed it just because the Democrats proposed it.
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Podcast Episodes / Re: Episode #620
« Last post by daniel1948 on May 28, 2017, 09:44:07 PM »
Goats in tree picture: Totally nuts! ;D
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General Discussion / Re: Genuine Mystery - SOS in Western Australia
« Last post by Desert Fox on May 28, 2017, 09:21:20 PM »
Come down to Australia and we'll show you a totally different ecosystem with different flora, different fauna, different weather patterns, and not nearly as much blown debris as you are used to.

How close is the nearest town from that location?
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Member Creations / Re: Sci-Fi story help
« Last post by arthwollipot on May 28, 2017, 09:14:20 PM »
I have a general writing question. When there is a conversation and a lot of one liners, (for example: Jack says, "the Earth is flat." Jane responds, "No it is not!") are you suppose to start a new paragraph whenever you switch speakers. That is what I remember being taught but in some novels, I don't see the authors doing that.
Yes, when you switch speakers, you generally start a new paragraph. That's the rule.

Of course it's totally okay to break this rule when you have a dramatic and/or stylistic reason for doing so.

OK, at least I remember right  :-[
I firmly believe that English grammar and style exist for a very good reason - ease of reading. However, I originally came up with Rule 0 to refer to the rules of grammar.

Rule 0 states: all rules have exceptions, including this one.

It describes grammar, but it's also applicable to all other systems that have rules. :)
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Podcast Episodes / Re: Episode #620
« Last post by arthwollipot on May 28, 2017, 09:10:38 PM »
I really liked the pig-fucker analogy for hoaxing. mangled though it was by the censoring. Is that really still necessary?
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General Discussion / Re: Genuine Mystery - SOS in Western Australia
« Last post by arthwollipot on May 28, 2017, 09:02:02 PM »
I'd expect more wind-blown debris at the site if it was more than a year old. The area around the sign is clear.

What sort of debris are you thinking of? It looks to me like a natural clear site where I wouldnt expect much more than rocks, trees and shrub grass to be in the area to create any debris.
Come down to the Great Southwest with me and I'll show you debris patterns. That site has been groomed, and recently.
Come down to Australia and we'll show you a totally different ecosystem with different flora, different fauna, different weather patterns, and not nearly as much blown debris as you are used to.
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Member Creations / Re: Sci-Fi story help
« Last post by Desert Fox on May 28, 2017, 08:55:36 PM »
I have a general writing question. When there is a conversation and a lot of one liners, (for example: Jack says, "the Earth is flat." Jane responds, "No it is not!") are you suppose to start a new paragraph whenever you switch speakers. That is what I remember being taught but in some novels, I don't see the authors doing that.
Yes, when you switch speakers, you generally start a new paragraph. That's the rule.

Of course it's totally okay to break this rule when you have a dramatic and/or stylistic reason for doing so.

OK, at least I remember right  :-[
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