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Post Posted: Sat Jul 22, 2006 3:15 pm 
 

To "read the riot act" is to remind the members of a town that their actions have violated the laws against riots.  It was a dire warning of consequences to come.

Riot acts were part of Roman law...particularly in dealing with towns without citizen status.  (Thus the fears of the town fathers about events in Thessalonica and Ephesus in Acts chapters 17 and 19)

I don't know the actual source of the phrase in English law, but I'm sure there's an anecdote about it somewhere.

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Post Posted: Sat Jul 22, 2006 3:26 pm 
 

Badmike wrote:
Doesn't this guy realize how freaking HOT it is here?

Once they get the giant homeless shelter finaly built downtown it will be nice, but right now I don't think the social services cover that much. Now, Austin is a different story, they have a huge and happy homeless population that basically live right downtown. Austin has to be Mecca for homeless in Texas, gigantic liberal population and social services out the wazoo.  People beg for money anywhere they wish...plus you have the lake and the mountains to the west if you want to go on vacation!

I would hate to rely on the City of Dallas for anything, much less social services.

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That reminds me Mike....we need to organize another North Texas Acaeum members meeting sometime this fall.  Especially since neither one of us are going to be able to go to GenCon this year.  :(  There has to be more than just the two of us in the Dallas area that are members of this forum.  

We can get some of Frank M's pie crust cookies shipped here, get a couple of cases of good beer (that means no Shiner  :wink: ), some real Texas BBQ, and have us a little get together.  It will be just like GenCon....only without the crowds, booths, contests, industry celebs, chicks in chainmail, and unwashed heathens.  :D

  

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Post Posted: Sat Jul 22, 2006 3:27 pm 
 

Xaxaxe wrote:Addendum: It's always good to check the Wiki first. :)

Heh, heh... It has its uses. ^^
(*makes note again to help w/Grubbiv's ongoing work again, some day...* Hrrr...)

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At least the Angry Villager rule didn't have to be read out loud.
Now that would have caused a riot. :P


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Post Posted: Sat Jul 22, 2006 4:44 pm 
 

Does anyone know of a convention website that lists gaming cons in the US? I'd like to get to one, but can't find any info for anything in or around Little Rock... Anyone know where I may be able to find this info?

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Post Posted: Sat Jul 22, 2006 5:09 pm 
 

I've been using Steve Jackson Games' listings for years now ...

SJG convention calendar

... although I have a suspicion that at least one other member here will soon post a conventions list that will blow away the SJG site. :)

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Post Posted: Sun Jul 23, 2006 3:35 am 
 

Kingofpain89 wrote:
That reminds me Mike....we need to organize another North Texas Acaeum members meeting sometime this fall.  Especially since neither one of us are going to be able to go to GenCon this year.  :(  There has to be more than just the two of us in the Dallas area that are members of this forum.  

We can get some of Frank M's pie crust cookies shipped here, get a couple of cases of good beer (that means no Shiner  :wink: ), some real Texas BBQ, and have us a little get together.  It will be just like GenCon....only without the crowds, booths, contests, industry celebs, chicks in chainmail, and unwashed heathens.  :D


No chicks in chainmail?  :x

Yeh we do need to set something up. Maybe when the temperature gets nice and cool, like the mid-90's  :D


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Post Posted: Sun Jul 23, 2006 10:14 pm 
 

Don't bid against bclarkie or he'll throw the number of the beast up in your face. Okay, that should keep me above 100 posts.

  

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Post Posted: Mon Jul 24, 2006 12:57 am 
 

ifearyeti wrote:Don't bid against bclarkie or he'll throw the number of the beast up in your face. Okay, that should keep me above 100 posts.


Just bid $6.65 and then wait to finsih it later...cost a little more but if you have an aversion to the number  8)


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Post Posted: Mon Jul 24, 2006 5:25 am 
 

I guess I never really paid much attention before . . . but I had several international questions for shipping rates on  a heavy lot of items.  I started doing some comparison pricing.  Do you know that shipping to the U.K. (from the U.S.) is much more expensive than shipping to ANYWHERE else in Europe.  For instance, the 7-8 pound UK rate is $43.20 and the rest of Europe is $38.20.  In fact, it is essentially $5 more to ship to UK than Europe as the scale seems to keep the same  difference as the weight increases.


Even Russia is cheaper!


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Post Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2006 2:19 pm 
 

its funny you know, the mentality of some ppl who use ebay.

last week a silver anniversary box set with L3 sold for £82+ and this week one went for £67.65. i sent a msg to the same ebayer who was outbid on each box at £80 and £65.65 respectively. i have 2 sets on my site for £65 and he has ignored me both times!

hilarious!

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Post Posted: Wed Jul 26, 2006 10:39 am 
 

I might have laughed harder at something the last few months, but I certainly don't remember when.  This touches on a few subjects we've brought up here, including Wikipedia and of course Chuck Norris, so I thought it might be appropriate:

Wikipedia Celebrates 750 Years Of American Independence
Founding Fathers, Patriots, Mr. T. Honored

THE ONION July 26, 2006 | Issue 42•30

NEW YORK—Wikipedia, the online, reader-edited encyclopedia, honored the 750th anniversary of American independence on July 25 with a special featured section on its main page Tuesday.

"It would have been a major oversight to ignore this portentous anniversary," said Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, whose site now boasts over 4,300,000 articles in multiple languages, over one-quarter of which are in English, including 11,000 concerning popular toys of the 1980s alone. "At 750 years, the U.S. is by far the world's oldest surviving democracy, and is certainly deserving of our recognition," Wales said. "According to our database, that's 212 years older than the Eiffel Tower, 347 years older than the earliest-known woolly-mammoth fossil, and a full 493 years older than the microwave oven."

"In fact," added Wales, "at three-quarters of a millennium, the USA has been around almost as long as technology."

The commemorative page is one of the most detailed on the site, rivaling entries for Firefly and the Treaty Of Algeron for sheer length. Subheadings include "Origins Of Colonial Discontent," "Some Famous Guys In Wigs And Three-Cornered Hats," and "Christmastime In Gettysburg." It also features detailed maps of the original colonies—including Narnia, the central ice deserts, and Westeros—as well as profiles of famous American historical figures such as Benjamin Franklin, Special Agent Jack Bauer, and Samuel Adams who is also a defensive tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals.

"On July 25, 1256, delegates gathered at Comerica Park to sign the Declaration Of Independence, which rejected the rule of the British over its 15 coastal North American colonies," reads an excerpt from the entry. "Little did such founding fathers as George Washington, George Jefferson, and ***ERIC IS A FAG*** know that their small, querulous republic would later become the most powerful and prosperous nation in history, the Unified States Of America."


"All our lives, we are taught about the achievements of Washington, Jefferson, and FAG, but we seldom consider the factors and conditions that led them to risk everything for a republican cause," Wales said. "What was it really like to be a patriot in those times? How did the colonists' perception of democracy conform and contrast with our modern one? Did Betsy Ross, as legend has it, really have the biggest boobies in the New World? It's these types of questions I want Wikipedia to be a forum for, all at the click of a mouse."

The exhaustive entry also includes links to video clips of the First Thanksgiving, hosted by YouTube.

The special anniversary tribute refutes many myths about the period and American history. According to the entry, the American Revolution was in fact instigated by Chuck Norris, who incinerated the Stamp Act by looking at it, then roundhouse-kicked the entire British army into the Atlantic Ocean. A group of Massachusetts Minutemaids then unleashed the zombie-generating T-Virus on London, crippling the British economy and severely limiting its naval capabilities.

The entry also addresses several traditionally taboo subjects, such as the influence of LSD on the drafting of the Constitution and the role of funk-slaves in painting the White House black.

While other news and information websites chose to mark the anniversary in a muted fashion, if at all, Wikipedia gave it prominent emphasis over other important historical events from the same day, including the independence of the nation of Africa in 1847, the 1984 ascension of Constantine to Emperor of the Holy Roman Emperor, and the 1998 birth of Smokey, a calico cat belonging to Mark and Becky Rousch of Erie, PA.

Founder Wales, a closeted homosexual and hot-dog freak, according to his user-edited bio on the site, also hosted a symposium of amateur historians at the New School in New York on Saturday.

"The Revolution's main adversaries were the patriots and the people from Braveheart," said speaker Tim Capodice, who has edited hundreds of Wikipedia entries on subjects as diverse as Euclidian geometry and Ratfucking. "The patriots, being a rag-tag group of misfits, almost lost on several occasions. But after a string of military antics and a convoluted scheme involving chicken feathers and an inflatable woman, the British were eventually defeated despite a last-minute surge, by a score of 89-87."

Despite spirited discussions bloggers present later described as "eluminating" and "sweet," the symposium was cut short when differences of opinion among the panelists degenerated into personal insults and name-calling.

While Wikipedia's "American Inderpendance" page remains available to all site visitors, administrators have suspended additions and further edits to its content due to vandalism.


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Post Posted: Wed Jul 26, 2006 2:51 pm 
 

Is Wikipedia humorously noteworthy for inaccurate entries and vandalism?

The excerpt was funny....but what is sad is that a lot of Americans would not be able to tell which parts of it were made up.

I especially liked the mixed-up words...like "adversaries" instead of "advocates" or "proponents."  People make mistakes like that a lot...often turning their intended meanings entirely backwards.

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Post Posted: Wed Jul 26, 2006 3:26 pm 
 

MShipley88 wrote:Is Wikipedia humorously noteworthy for inaccurate entries and vandalism?

I'm not sure that story from the Onion is true (noteworthy for inaccurate, but humourous stories), but the point of Wikipedia is that anyone can go and provide/change information.  The Wikipedia community is self-policing.

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Post Posted: Wed Jul 26, 2006 4:54 pm 
 

The Onion is 100-percent satire — everything in every story, from the headline on down, is completely made up.

However, like all good satire, most Onion stories contain what might be thought of as "kernels" of truth. In this case, the story is funny because, as mentioned above, the Wiki is home to some occasional massive errors.

BTW, one of their most famous efforts was their take on Bill Gates rolling up a D&D character:

Bill Gates Grants Self 18 Dexterity, 20 Charisma

This is a must read. :)

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Post Posted: Wed Jul 26, 2006 7:05 pm 
 

MShipley88 wrote:Is Wikipedia humorously noteworthy for inaccurate entries and vandalism?

The excerpt was funny....but what is sad is that a lot of Americans would not be able to tell which parts of it were made up.

I especially liked the mixed-up words...like "adversaries" instead of "advocates" or "proponents."  People make mistakes like that a lot...often turning their intended meanings entirely backwards.

Mark   8)


Wikipedia is good as a very, very general resource.  It's downside is the same as it's strengths: it has entries written by anyone and can be edited by anyone.  Unfortunately,  who really wants a terminal pothead grade school dropout who plays Everquest all day writing the entry for Emmanuel Kant, for example?  I've found that mistakes are corrected at less than glacial speed...some entries I've notice have been wrong for years.  I have a friend who teaches high school in Memphis, and he's noticed the increading "Wikiness" of research papers being turned in by his students (he's a history teacher), where the site is used as the primary source of often wrong information.  He's had to issue the directive that any paper using Wikipedia as a documented resource will be docked a full letter grade even if the entry is correct...it's research at it's laziest and most undemanding.  He wanted to totally disallow any paper that used Wikipedia as a resource but he's told me he'd have to fail half the students in his class ( I still don't understand why he doesn't just do that).

Here are a few funny links of people ripping Wikipedia, putting in false entries, outright lies, fake bios, etc.  Admittedly, they are biased, but there is an awful lot of truth there also:

theregister.co.uk/2006/07/26/wikipedia_ ... l_lawsuit/

theregister.co.uk/2006/06/15/wikipedia_ ... ur_grades/

http://www.frozennorth.org/C2011481421/E652809545/

timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-20365 ... 58,00.html

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Post Posted: Wed Jul 26, 2006 7:23 pm 
 

After looking at Frank's entry in the Wiki:

Frank Mentzer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Shouldn't "Basic Rules Set 1 (blue box) and Expert Rules Set 2 (red box)" be the other way around?

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Post Posted: Wed Jul 26, 2006 7:36 pm 
 

Mars wrote:After looking at Frank's entry in the Wiki:

Frank Mentzer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Shouldn't "Basic Rules Set 1 (blue box) and Expert Rules Set 2 (red box)" be the other way around?

Fixed.  (That's the great thing about Wikis, guys.  You see something wrong, you can fix it on the spot.) ;)

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Post Posted: Wed Jul 26, 2006 11:52 pm 
 

<<"As we develop the technological framework that will dominate the 21st century, these augmentations--and others to follow--will be powerful wards against competition from the likes of Netscape, Oracle and Melkor who is named Morgoth." >>

Thank you Axe...I laughed very hard.


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