SPACE.com — Water Ice on Mars Confirmed
While David Bowie may not be on Mars, and there might not be Martian Warriors, there is definitely water ice on the surface of the Red Planet.
Not very amused by the turn of events which has caused the fall of the (now former) NY Governor. I was pleased, as an ex-patriate, when he was elected Governor of NY. After years of neglect under Pataki, I had high hopes Spitzer might get Albany to *work*.
And then he turns out to be a hypocrite. Decrying vice publically and loudly, and engaging it in it in private. What DOES several thousand dollars at a shot buy you in a prostitute, anyhow? Its too bad that Lady Sally’s does not exist in this world. Then the money might have done some good, you know?
I recall reading recently an article which mentioned that the cost of a drug could be correlated with its effectiveness. Patients given the same pills, but told that the drug cost different amounts had different outcomes, with the people who took the “expensive” pill having better outcomes.
Is the sex from a $5000 prostitute quantiatively better…or you just think its better because its expensive and so it is?
Scientists digging to bottom of Earth – LiveScience – MSNBC.com
Scientists have been digging at the bottom of the ocean floor near the Mid Atlantic Ridge, in an attempt to reach the Moho, the boundary between the crust of the planet, and the mantle. That boundary is far shallower at the bottom of the ocean than it is on land. (As seen in the Core, the reason why they begin in the ocean)
Very cool indeed. The knowledge about the mantle of the Earth that we could get in coming years as the drilling reaches and pierces the boundary could answer a lot of questions about the Earth’s composition, oceanic crust formation and more.
When playing a licensed roleplaying game like Lord of the Rings, do you like to play characters from the setting, or original creations? Why or why not?
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Roll the Bones: Role Call 31: Game balance
Is it the responsibility of game designers to prevent munchkinism through imposed balance? Why or why not?
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I am, sadly, going to abstain from this one. It cuts, sorry James, way too close to home, even if the question is valid.
Roll the Bones: Role Call 29: Weaklings
Would you object to playing a markedly weaker character than that for which the game system/campaign generally allows?
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Roll the Bones: Role Call 28: Unusual settings
What’s the most unusual setting in which your game has been set, and what makes it so unusual?
Update: Modified slightly to take James’ comment into account. I guess I do reuse the same old phrases and disclaimers, no matter how shopworn. My bad, as usual.
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Apparently the nomenclature of minor bodies in the outer solar system is really a jungle and alphabet soup of conflicting names.
This is to say nothing of the controversy over whether Pluto is or is not really a planet, but the article mentions that as well.
Roll the Bones: Role Call 27: Verboten!
If you were somehow forbidden from playing with your favorite system, genre or setting, what would you substitute?
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