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4676  General Discussion / History / Re: Presidential Trivia on: October 28, 2008, 08:53:03 am
JJ, I think it's about time you just give the answer away.

I would have accepted:

“His Highness, the President of the United States, and Protector of Their Liberties.”

"His Highness, the President of the United States and Protector of the Rights of the Same"

"His Elective Majesty"

It was a good question, JJ, but I didn't want to cheat and go through Wikipedia...

4677  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Rebuilding the Union on: October 28, 2008, 08:49:01 am
It is rare to find a timeline that is both an original concept and well written. I am enjoying this, please keep up the good work.
4678  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Diplomacy Game Thread on: October 27, 2008, 10:13:14 pm
The builds will be:

France
Build A Paris, F Marseilles

Russia
Disband A Bulgaria

Italy
No Change

Germany
Build F Berlin

Austria-Hungary
No Change

Turkey
Disband A Trieste

England
Build A Edinburgh



So at the start of Spring 1907, the map appears thus:



ilikeverin pointed out to me that I made an initial error in posting this earlier - I had him building an army in Berlin, whereas he actually requested a fleet (now corrected). I'm sorry for any confusion I may have caused there.
4679  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What do I need to know about Australia? on: October 27, 2008, 09:21:58 am
Rugby Union is my favourite code, although I don't mind the rugby league if it looks like it's going to be a good game.
4680  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Agree or Disagree: Day 19: The government should increase funding to NASA on: October 27, 2008, 09:18:49 am
I am always torn over this.  But here's my thing:  If there were a budget surplus, no war, poverty on the decline and a strong economy, I'd say fine...increase funding.  Good can come from the space program.

Unfortunately, as good as some things can be, we can't always afford them.  I'd love to have an indoor swimming pool adjacent to my house.  It wouldn't just be a luxury...it would help keep me healthy, help my wife and I with our aching joints and so on...

But we can't afford it.  Not for awhile.  Not until we pay down our debt and take care of other priorities.  That's how I feel about space exploration and so on...



Jings I hate it when I say something, and then you disagree with me and I read why you disagree with me and realise I've said something dumb. Wink Probably why I always try to watch for threads where you've posted recently - you always challenge my thinking and I guess I like that.
4681  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Your worst predictions this year on: October 27, 2008, 09:06:26 am
My worst prediction will likely be that McCain would win, and while not in a landslide, but a moderate to substantial margin.  I expected a massive 527 dump by Republicans (not McCain himself) filling with references to black power, whitey, Louis Farrakhan and Obama bin Laden.

I was woefully wrong and couldn't be happier about it.

My other lousy prediction was that Huckabee would be the GOP nominee. But then, it's hard to keep track of my bad predictions as they go by.

Yeah - I thought Huckabee was going all the way. I also thought Obama would be easier to beat than Clinton (and if I was right about that... well... what would the map look like today???).
4682  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Happy Birthday, Boss Tweed. on: October 27, 2008, 09:04:28 am
Happy Birthday Mate.
4683  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Agree or Disagree: Day 19: The government should increase funding to NASA on: October 27, 2008, 08:55:02 am
I've copied and pasted this segment from West Wing, Season II, Episode ix before, I think on a debate about something like this. Nonetheless, it's one of my favourite episodes, so I'm going to put it out there again.

MALLORY
I talked to my dad. I'm sorry about Galileo.

SAM
They've got a lot of tests they can still try.

MALLORY
How much money is it gonna cost to try them?

SAM
Don't start with me.

MALLORY
I'm asking as a taxpayer. It cost 165 million dollars to lose the thing. How much more money is it gonna cost to make sure you're never gonna find it?

SAM
I don't know, Mallory, but we certainly won't divert any municipal tax dollars, which are always best spent on new hockey arenas.

MALLORY
No, it's best spent feeding, housing and educating.

SAM
There are a lot of hungry people in the world, Mal, and none of them are hungry because we went to the moon. None of them are colder, and certainly none of them are dumber 'cause we went to the moon.

MALLORY
And we went to the moon. Do we really have to go to Mars?

SAM
Yes.

MALLORY
Why?

SAM
'Cause it's next. For we came out of the cave, and we looked over the hill, and we saw fire. And we crossed the ocean, and we pioneered the West, and we took to the sky. The history of man is hung on the timeline of exploration, and this is what's next.

MALLORY
I know.

SAM
People like you, who say that... [beat] What?

MALLORY
I said I know. We're supposed to be explorers.

SAM
Then what the hell?

MALLORY
I just want to hear you talk about it.

That's one of my favourite lines there. Actually, just about anything Sam says qualifies as one of my favourite lines - his rhythm is just such an aural delight, but here he explains why I agree with the proposition.
4684  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Diplomacy Game Thread on: October 27, 2008, 08:47:11 am
I should probably update the current status, in case anyone's confused about how many builds/disbands are required:

France
Build 2

Russia
Remove 1

Italy
No Change

Germany
Build 1

Austria-Hungary
No Change

Turkey
Remove 1

England
Build 1
4685  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Are rebel group names unoriginal? on: October 26, 2008, 10:44:59 pm
Watch Monty Python and the Life of Brian, if you haven't already.

Epic win, but Holy Grail was better.

Just yesterday I was thinking about that "bite in the night" scene from The Meaning of Life.
4686  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Diplomacy Game Thread on: October 26, 2008, 09:38:21 pm
I will post my retreat since it is kind of obvious...to Finland it is.

We are not amused.
Retreat to Burgundy, please.

No worries. I'll update the map tonight.

It being now winter 1906, if relevant nations could message me their build orders, I'll update that on the map tonight, too.
4687  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What's the last movie you've seen? on: October 26, 2008, 06:35:52 pm
Yesterday went to see How to Lose Friends and Alienate People. I really enjoyed it.
4688  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What do I need to know about Australia? on: October 26, 2008, 09:58:03 am
Sorry, mate, we just don't seem to use the old laundromats all that much.

By the way, did you watch the Australia vs NZ match tonight?
4689  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Rhwymyncerbyd! on: October 26, 2008, 09:49:29 am
My great grandfather was from Merthyr Tydfil.
4690  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Diplomacy Game Thread on: October 26, 2008, 09:40:53 am
The moves for Fall 1906 are:



France
A Galicia - Warsaw
F Gulf of Lyon Hold
A Munich Supports A Berlin Hold (*Dislodged*)
A Piedmont - Venice
A Tyrolia Supports A Piedmont - Venice (*Cut*)
F Western Mediterranean - Tunis

Russia
F Aegean Sea - Ionian Sea (*Fails*)
A Albania - Trieste (*Fails*)
A Budapest Supports A Serbia - Rumania
A Constantinople - Bulgaria
A Fiinland - St Petersburg
F Gulf of Bothnia Supports A Sweden (*Cut*)
F Livonia Supports A Finland - St Petersburg
A Moscow Supports A Finland - St Petersburg
A Serbia - Rumania
A Silesia Supports A Berlin - Munich
A Sweden Hold (*Dislodged*)
A Vienna - Tyrolia (*Fails*)

Italy
F Naples Supports A Rome
A Rome Supports F Naples

Germany
A Berlin - Munich

Austria-Hungary


Turkey
F Ionian Sea NMR
A Trieste NMR
F Tuscany NMR

England
F Baltic Sea - Gulf of Bothnia (*Fails*)
F Barents Sea Supports A Holland - Norway
F Denmark - Sweden
F Helgoland Bight - Denmark
A Holland - Norway
F Kiel - Baltic Sea (*Fails*)
F North Sea Convoys A Holland - Norway
F Skagerrak Supports F Denmark - Sweden
A St Petersburg - Finland (*Disbanded*)

This results in the following:



Retreat orders will be required from:

Russian A Sweden, French A Munich, as per:

4691  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Diplomacy Game Thread on: October 26, 2008, 09:09:31 am
I'm sorry I'm running late. Two factors were at play: an old mate of mine was in town and staying with us over the weekend (from interstate) and I've been out with him most of today, and secondly, my laptop charger transformer thing died, so I have not been able to log on as much as normal. I'm fixing it all up now. My apologies for my delay.
4692  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: American Parliament on: October 23, 2008, 12:30:55 am
I'm enjoying it.
4693  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of the following countries on: October 22, 2008, 11:54:05 pm
Australia - highest per capita Olympic medals?

Second, after the Bahamas. Damn you, the Bahamas!

Might be different for 2008 though.

Yeah... I believe NZ pipped us at the post this year.
4694  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: The Mikado vs. Htmldon on: October 22, 2008, 11:17:40 pm
I'm volunteering for Mikado.
4695  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Re: If Obama wins two terms, what's the probability that Biden runs in 2016? on: October 22, 2008, 11:11:49 pm
Disclaimer -I have not read the rest of this thread:

I think that given his age, Joe Biden will be to Barack Obama what Dick Cheney is to George W. Bush.  He is a man that Obama can trust without having to keep an eye over his shoulder lest his Vice-President begin plotting on undermining his presidency for his own ambitions. 

In terms of probability... what's the number right above zero?
4696  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Agree or Disagree: Day 15: Dogs > Cats on: October 22, 2008, 10:49:04 pm
This is shaping up to be a pretty close result.
4697  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Washington DC rules! (Literally) on: October 22, 2008, 09:02:05 pm
Carmen. by a landslide. Last years Smithsonian was Ireland and Scotland. You have to got it is so much fun. oh a tip, bring a towel. I am going this year as well. I can't even wait.

I went to see Carmen performed in Melbourne earlier this year. They did a great job.
4698  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Agree or Disagree: Day 15: Dogs > Cats on: October 22, 2008, 09:00:43 pm
Vastly greater. Dogs are so loyal and always happy to see you. The ancient egyptians used to worship cats, and the cats have never forgotten.
4699  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Posters from Indiana on: October 22, 2008, 07:53:50 pm
Still not the worst advertising appeal I have seen.  There's a used car dealership near us called "Vegas Motor Sales".  And on their sign, a pair of rolling dice.  Now just put that in your pipe and smoke it...

Growing up, kids in my area always sniggered at a used car dealership nearby owned by Mike Hunt. Not a name you want to say too quickly.
4700  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of the following countries on: October 21, 2008, 09:56:45 pm
Australia - hot accents

We do indeed. I've never received more attention from girls than I received when I visited Canada over Christmas to meet my fiancee's family. Waitresses were ignoring the rest of the table and asking me if I'd like another drink... that felt somewhat bizarre.

good point Torie. we should specify what is meant by opinion.

The following is my automatic reaction, by free association to the following:

Australia, Adelaide

Which begs the question... why?
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