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Old 11-15-2009, 05:18 AM   #126
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Yellow Rosella.
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Old 11-15-2009, 05:24 AM   #127
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Favorite Bogart movie?

Paper or plastic?

Whats the coolest bird you ever saw?
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Old 11-15-2009, 05:26 AM   #128
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Would you want to ride an ostrich?
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Old 11-15-2009, 05:30 AM   #129
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Favorite Bogart movie?

Paper or plastic?

Whats the coolest bird you ever saw?
Ugh, I was on the way to bed, but I so want to answer the bird siting question. Except... it's two different birds.

  • Northern Shrike — my best bird story.
  • Southern Cassowary — the coolest bird in the world

Ask me about them tomorrow. Or about the oilbird cave in Trinidad, the flock of scarlet ibises, the flamingos of Lake Nakuru, the jabiru, the California condors, the great gray owls, the gyrfalcon and the goose, or the only orange-billed nightingale-thrush ever seen north of Texas.
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Old 11-15-2009, 05:32 AM   #130
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Would you want to ride an ostrich?
I want to do everything.

OK, not everything, but damn close.

So yeah.

I've never even been on a camel (though I was on a a llama when I was a kid — this was in Bolivia, while I was living in Brazil). I view that as a problem that needs rectification.
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Old 11-15-2009, 05:33 AM   #131
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I think I'm going to have to check out for the night, all. Good questions; keep them coming.

Anyone who wants advice re admissions tests, or werewolf I suppose : the more you tell me, the better answer I can give you.

If you just want stories, I have those too.
Tell me more about TPR and how you advanced/didn't in the company. I'm currently an SAT teacher and occasionally I wonder whether it would be worth it to learn one or more of the other tests. Seems if I really apply myself I might eventually get a decent hourly out of it, tho right now it's crap.
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Old 11-15-2009, 05:48 AM   #132
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Did you ever put yourself in physical danger to see a bird?
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Old 11-15-2009, 05:49 AM   #133
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Why birds?
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Old 11-15-2009, 06:16 AM   #134
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Challenging for me, or for the team, or what? I have a lot of games (maybe 65 or so long ones) to choose from, though vanilla narrows it down.

Not putting the question off at all.

Anyway, come to think of it theres really only one possible answer: Playboy Party Cruise. This is generally considered the greatest vanilla game in POG history. I had the pleasure of being the villager who got voted at final three for the village loss. I could have avoided it (though afaik no one thinks the loss was my fault: there were other much weaker spots), and it was so painful to go through that, with literally all of POG watching the last days of it, that I think that's what spurred me to ficus on the game and, eventually, get good at it.

Also, it was shortline99's last long game, I believe. He is the best player I've ever played with, and it shows in that game.
Challenging for you. So that's a great answer. Unfortunately, i'm not sure i have the desire to read a thread the long. Maybe some day...

What would you say your biggest strengths and weaknesses are playing werewolf. Which strengths came the easiest and which did you have to work on?
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Old 11-15-2009, 06:21 AM   #135
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why aren't there hedgehogs here?
Do they not have hedgehogs in the us? Hedgehogs are kinda cool, albeit with fleas. I was surprised when an NPR podcast had to describe what a hedgehog was for us audiences.

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Toothfish is something that I've seen on menus here, and had no clue what it was and was something that I had intended to look up. Next time I can I'll get it.
Pretty sure that eating toothfish is now regarded as worse than hitler. \just so you know.

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Well, the vote for least is wrong, else the lower mandible would be orangish.

It would have helped to know it was in the west, and I might have gotten it by process of elimination, but in many case, including this one, the proper ID is Empidonax sp.
i read recently something saying that it's not _that_ uncommon to see birds which are crosses of two closely related species, so if you struggle to identify something, it can be for a good reason.

Also, is there a specific reason you say birding, when twitching is a comonly used term (at least in the uk). There's apparantly an albino magpie in the uk atm, which is incredibly uncommon, and causing a big rumpus.

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Old 11-15-2009, 06:34 AM   #136
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religion: I am completely atheist. No, I am not weaseling around and saying, gee, there might be, I don't know... as far as I'm concerned there isn't the slightest reason to believe that there is anything other than the universe we see and whose workings we are discovering.

Note,. please, that doesn't mean I lack moral grounding or think that my or others' life is unimportant. I chose to behave as if humans are important — incredibly so. Why? Because failing that, I'd be dead, as I'm suicidal enough (though not as bad as many bipolars) that I'd certainly have taken care of the problem by now if life didn't matter. that may constitute mild self-delusion, but it's conscious so I don't feel too bad about it.
I pretty much object to characterising agnosticism as 'weaseling'. I think, just like religion and atheism, there are lazy forms and unlazy forms. In fact, i find dawkins style atheism to be a form of cowardice, as far as i can see. The more i learn and the older i get, the more i think that the form and nature of the question is often far more important than clinging to a specific answer to something possibly unanswerable.

If you know any maths, God is like the Axiom of choice - there's no way of proving either side of the proposition, so people who waste their time hunting for a proof are idiots, but people who spend time wondering about the consequences, the implications and nature of that situation are quite possibly far from it.

I also object to the discourse by which religious people seem to lay claim to the moral high ground. I fail to see how some one who acts in what they perceive to be a moral way because either someone told them to, or because of some celestial quid pro quo, can claim to be more moral than people who act in a 'moral' way for reasons of their own making, and without expecting some payoff after death.

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Old 11-15-2009, 06:35 AM   #137
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Great thread so far atak - and congrats on 20k too.

1. If you could change one thing from your past, what would it be and why?
2. If you won the lottery, how would you spend it? For arguments sake, let's say you won US$20million.
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Old 11-15-2009, 06:45 AM   #138
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Jury nullification is bull**** in a democracy — there are far better ways to change unjust laws. Unfortunately these days (it was different 20or 30 years ago) judges often have very little flexibility in sentencing so injustices are done... but the idea that a jury should feel good about ignoring the law strikes at the heart of the criminal judicial system.
thanks. I just asked dnkyhunter31 that out of randomness, but it's an issue that I keep flipflopping on as I think about it so I decided to ask everybody who does a well.
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Old 11-15-2009, 06:56 AM   #139
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thanks. I just asked dnkyhunter31 that out of randomness, but it's an issue that I keep flipflopping on as I think about it so I decided to ask everybody who does a well.
interesting - i just read the wiki page since i'd not heard the term before. I think there are situations in which a jury can send a powerful message by giving a not-guilty verdict despite the wealth of evidence. I'm specifically thinking of a case(s?) in the uk regarding the prosecution of some hardcore bondageophiles, who clearly broke the law as written, but the jury found them not guilty, in effect saying that the state had better things to do with its time than meddle into the affairs of consenting adults.

Atak's points about changing bad laws are valid, but in an electoral democracy, it is fairly common to arrive in situations where bad laws wont get changed because the legislators either can't be bothered or are afraid of the message that they would be sending out.

Recently I've been reading a bit about the role that the plea bargain plays in the US judicial system, and i wonder if its ubiquity has not become quite a negative force? You seem to be ending up with less a judicial system based on trial/innocent until proven guilty/etc, to one which clings to those ideals but in which negotiated settlement actually forms a much more significant factor, irrespective of guilt.
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Old 11-15-2009, 06:59 AM   #140
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Name some of your favourite works of art (novels, films, music, pictures, whatever)?
Some places/things/events you saw that blew your mind?
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Old 11-15-2009, 07:56 AM   #141
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Interesting read so far for sure, but that doesnt surprise me. All those good questions already asked make it harder for me to come up with a few good ones though

To what extent do you allow intuition or "gutfeeling" into the decisions that you make in your daily life?

If I read it correct you are not using any medication for your bipolar disorder right now. If true, why? Do you think the negatives of medication outweigh the positives?

I know one of your strenghts in ww is recognizing villagers and not especially hunting wolves. What are some the things that villagers do that wolves dont (or find very hard to fake)?

I still want to know: in the Hippy Pirates game, would you ever make the Honeybee case if she was a fellow wolf instead of a villager?

Thoughts about my game?
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Old 11-15-2009, 08:14 AM   #142
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thoughts on the whole concept of law school in the US? the way it works over there seems completely alien compared to how it does over here where generally you learn it as an undergrad and then just do one year postgrad getting the whole vocational side in order to practice. seems too long.

most memorable mish-mash game? preferences as to game size/composition?

dream wolf team?

what one thing would you go back and tell yourself at the age of 10 if you could?

how many five year olds?

re: bridge, what one thing would you advise for someone who understands the basics but wants to improve their game to the next level?
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Old 11-15-2009, 08:50 AM   #143
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Good read so far, keep it coming atak
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Old 11-15-2009, 10:43 AM   #144
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Villager: I cited Playboy already as being important. No game really stands out as being my best, because I don't think I am really capable of dominating as a villager. I am calm and steady (most of the time), and take arguments apart rather than making new ones. One of the few exceptions was NASCAR, in which at the end I had to intentionally lead the mislynch of a villager (BEG) in order to make it possible to get the final wolf (Hitch), whom I had identified as such, the next day.
Why target BEG instead of targeting Hitch?

Background for others: I was the mod. 5 wolf vanilla game. 3 wolves were peeked in the first 2 days. The seer left what everyone thought was a wolf peek on the 4th wolf. The 5th wolf was AFK the first 3 days until I subbed Hitch in. Hitch proceeded to last until Final 5. I thought for sure he would make it to final 3 as the rest of the village seemed to think Nich was the final wolf. Hitch was AFK close to the end of the the last day and the village finally lynched him.

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Old 11-15-2009, 10:45 AM   #145
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Law school is a complete waste of time. It's a scam to pay law schools for three years, even though you really don't learn anything you need after the first year.
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Old 11-15-2009, 10:47 AM   #146
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Law school is a complete waste of time. It's a scam to pay law schools for three years, even though you really don't learn anything you need after the first year.
Well, I got together with my now-wife at the end of my second year and her third, so I wouldn't say that it was a complete waste of time.
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Old 11-15-2009, 10:49 AM   #147
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Law school is a complete waste of time. It's a scam to pay law schools for three years, even though you really don't learn anything you need after the first year.
classic game theory/anthropology - it's a mix of guild and signalling behaviour, with a little bit of socialisation thrown in for good measure. Learning is totally secondary. Business school is exactly the same and a bunch of other professional qualifications, too.
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Old 11-15-2009, 10:58 AM   #148
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Atak:

What was your HS experience like? Did you play sports? Have a lot of girlfriends? Of keep to yourself?

Who is your most longstanding friend?

Think of a time when someone else did something very nice for you. What is the first thing that comes to mind?

Why does McAvoy bug you so much? Why does BEG?

Do you keep in shape naturally or do you exercise?

Do you have a budget for your future TL visit? How much would it run?

How far away from K do you live? When will you see him next?

Have you ever been unfaithful while in a relationship? Ever been cheated on?
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Old 11-15-2009, 11:07 AM   #149
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is global warming a myth?
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Old 11-15-2009, 11:13 AM   #150
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If there were one thing you could tell your son that you knew he would really internalize and take to heart and do his best to steer his actions accordingly, what would it be?

Was his unusual name your choice? His mother's? A joint effort? Do you think it's harder for kids to have unusual names?

Do you worry that he will inherit your bipolar?

My oldest friend in the world is bipolar and has had a really difficult time getting medications that work for her long term. Unlike a lot of people with the disease, she is pretty med-compliant, even when she's winging manic, but the effects seem to wear off over time. Do you take any kind of medication and if so, have you had similar experiences?

What is your favorite herb?

Do you cook? Have a specialty or a favorite food?

Would you rather be mechanically induced to scream at the top of your lungs for an hour or have your eyes glued shut for a day?
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