I have several done years of RPing, and this has taken me to countless different forums and, if you are at all familiar with RP forums, let me tell you, they were the lowest of the low some six or seven years ago.
In one of these forums, a legendary tale happened, a tale that, if I can ever recommend one thing to you, it is this:
A story that happened to an anonymous RPer years ago.
Anyone will be able to appreciate it (and trust me, you will), but if you are kinsmen or kinswomen to me, if you ever had to experience the shittiest of RP forums and their terrible userbases, particularly that one guy that does whatever he wants and is an asshole that clearly godmods but gets away with it because the actual mods don’t give a damn, you will find the beauty behind the ballad that much brighter.
Just trust me on this one. It’s not a particularly long read, either.
I hope you enjoy The Ballad of Edgardo
I would also highly recommend these illustrations, they’re kind of perfect: [click].
“Romeo can’t really be blamed for Ophelia’s death.”—
Senior English major on a Shakespeare final. (via minininny)
WELL THEY’RE NOT WRONG
How about this, though?
[Editorial Note: This “theory” depends on believing the Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet take place contemporaneously. So, for the sake of argument, let’s all agree that the events of both plays occur in the Spring of 1517 (chosen because of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses, and the Reformational threads that run through Hamlet).]
See, in the Second Quarto and First Folio versions of Romeo and Juliet, a[n extremely minor] character appears with Romeo, Mercutio, and Benvolio at the Capulet’s Party (where, if you recall, Romeo meets Juliet for the first time).
Like Hamlet's Horatio, this Horatio is full of well-worded philosophical advice. He tells Romeo “And to sink in it should you burden love, too great oppression for a tender thing.”
Let’s imagine that Horatio has travelled down from Wittenberg (about 540 miles) to Verona for his Spring Break. He hears about some guys who like to party (because, let’s be honest, besides getting stabbed, partying is Mercutio’s main thing). So, he ends up crashing the Capulet’s ball with them.
He is then on the sidelines as Romeo and Juliet fall in love, Tybalt kills Mercutio, Romeo kills Tybalt, Romeo gets banished, and both lovers are found dead in Juliet’s tomb.
This tragedy fresh in his mind, he returns to Wittenberg at the end of what has turned out to be a decidedly un-radical Spring Break and discovers that his bestie Prince Hamlet is leaving for Elsinore Castle because he’s just gotten news that his father, the King, is dead.
On the trip up (another ~375 miles), Horatio recounts the tragic romance he just witnessed in Verona. He advises (as he is wont to do) Hamlet not to mix love and revenge.
Hamlet takes Horatio’s advice to heart, breaking up with Ophelia so that he can focus is energy on discovering and punishing his father’s killer:
HAMLET Ay, truly; for the power of beauty will sooner transform honesty from what it is to a bawd than the force of honesty can translate beauty into his likeness: this was sometime a paradox, but now the time gives it proof. I did love you once.
Indeed, my lord, you made me believe so.
You should not have believed me; for virtue cannot so inoculate our old stock but we shall relish of it: I loved you not.
Ophelia - burdened by the perceived loss of Hamlet’s love and his murder of her father - goes mad and drowns herself.
You see, if Romeo had waited literally a minute and thirty seconds longer (31 iambic pentametrical lines) - he, Juliet, Ophelia (and possibly the rest of the Hamlet characters) would have made it.
What are the overall stances of the major parties on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?
The Conservatives are strongly pro-Israel. Please let me issue a warning for that video: the heavy implication — it’s overt in every sense except that they never refer to Palestinians by name — is that Palestinians, unilaterally, are terrorists. The Conservative rhetoric about Israel is uncompromising and overtly draws on WWII and the Holocaust as a source of its support for its views, which is really difficult to argue with.
The Conservatives are disinterested in compromise or agreement; their support of Israel is absolute to the point where that video discounts “going along to get along” as “quite simply weak and wrong”, which I personally read as a rejection of mediation attempts and borders a call to arms in defense of Israel. The Conservative voter base has been historically pro-Israel so it makes political sense to make this ad, but it’s also fucking disgusting to discount all Palestinians as “terrorists,” and it’s clear that these materials are more about securing voters and putting forth a certain image of Canadian support than it is about actually proportionately held views. I would think that if there are any Conservatives that are more ambiguous on their support of Israel, they are keeping their mouths shut.
The NDP are currently experiencing some uncertainty and in-fighting on this topic. Thomas Mulcair himself has spoken strongly in support of Israel; in 2008 he said, “je suis un ardent supporter de toutes les instances et de toutes les circonstances d’Israël” (“I am an ardent supporter of Israel in all situations and in all circumstances”), but that view has been amended in some ways since he took leadership of the NDP. He personally has supported some of Harper’s views on the conflict, before he was leader of the party, due to this support of the state of Israel.
I’m still unclear as to how much Mulcair’s views are the party’s official views, or whether they even constitute the views of the majority of NDP MPs. The NDP probably wants to continue being the catch-all party and not state an overt view in case it alienates any aspect of its support base, but Mulcair’s voice is loud and it’s hard to hear the chorus of all-inclusion over the sound of his views.
alright you guys have posted some pretty bad jokes on here but not one comes close to this doozy
so there’s a far-off place that consists of a perfectly triangular lake surrounded by land, with three kingdoms on the three sides of the lake. the first kingdom is rich and powerful, filled with wealthy, prosperous people. the second kingdom is more humble, but has its fair share of wealth and power, too. the third kingdom is struggling and poor, and barely has an army.
the kingdoms eventually go to war over control of the lake, as it’s a valuable resource to have. the first kingdom sends 100 of their finest knights, clad in the best armor and each with their own personal squire. the second kingdom sends 50 of their knights, with fine leather armor and a few dozen squires of their own. the third kingdom sends their one and only knight, an elderly warrior who has long since passed his prime, with his own personal squire.
the night before the big battle, the knights in the first kingdom drink and make merry, partying into the late hours of the night. the knights in the second kingdom aren’t as well off, but have their own supply of grog and also drink late into the night.
in the third camp, the faithful squire gets a rope and slings it over the branch of a tall tree, making a noose, and hangs a pot from it. he fills the pot with stew and has a humble dinner with the old knight.
the next morning, the knights in the first two kingdoms are hung over and unable to fight, while the knight in the third kingdom is old and weary, unable to get up. in place of the knights, the squires from all three kingdoms go and fight. the battle lasts long into the night, but by the time the dust settled, only one squire was left standing - the squire from the third kingdom.
and it just goes to show you that the squire of the high pot and noose is equal to the sum of the squires of the other two sides
I’ve just cried laughing at the comments on a Jamie Oliver recipe, there was a typo on the website and everyone put 13 lemons into a pasta sauce and didn’t even question it. Imagine eating 13 lemons, the recipe was for 4 people, imagine having that much trust in Jamie Oliver.
Lu Bu has been confirmed as the protagonist of Persona 5. Liberate your friends from the stress of enforced social norms with your halberd. Lay waste to negative emotions and thoughts incarnate. Form a bond with your Red Hare and ride it to your part time job. Persona 5: Empires.
to give you an idea of the kind of people who play Dwarf Fortress, mermaid bones used to be really really valuable. the player base reacted by making threads detailing how to capture, imprison, and breed mermaids, “air-drown” their children, butcher them for bones, and sell them to elves to the point where Toady One nerfed the value of the bones out of horror for what he had created
people reblogging this seem to be under the impression that this is the most horrifying thing Dwarf Fortress players have ever done and i would like to point out that when someone made a thread suggesting a dwarven “child care” system consisting of throwing babies into a 3x3 pit with a caged dog and 12 year’s worth of food to produce super-soldiers with Legendary experience in dodging and punching and asked for feedback on it, someone replied “you should zombify the babies first so the dog doesnt kill them”
The sadistic insanity present within the Dwarf Fortress playerbase is one of the reasons I love this game and wish to learn more about how to actually get started playing.
has nobody mentioned the whole thing where the only reliable way to separate a mother dwarf from her baby is to throw them into a stream of high pressure water and let it pull the baby out of her arms
Oh my god what
The playerbase continues to amaze me with their ingenuity and downright evilness. I like it.
Well if you want to use female dwarves in your military you have to separate the baby from the mother otherwise she uses it like a ballistic shield straight out of CoD
Here are three elements we often see in town names:
If a town ends in “-by”, it was originally a farmstead or a small village where some of the Viking invaders settled. The first part of the name sometimes referred to the person who owned the farm - Grimsby was “Grim’s village”. Derby was “a village where deer were found”. The word “by” still means “town” in Danish.
If a town ends in “-ing”, it tells us about the people who lived there. Reading means “The people of Reada”, in other words “Reada’s family or tribe”. We don’t know who Reada was, but his name means “red one”, so he probably had red hair.
If a town ends in “-caster” or “-chester”, it was originally a Roman fort or town. The word comes from a Latin words “castra”, meaning a camp or fortification. The first part of the name is usually the name of the locality where the fort was built. So Lancaster, for example, is “the Roman fort on the River Lune”.
A Little Book of Language by David Crystal, page 173. (via linguaphilioist)
If the multiverse theory is true, then there’s a universe where it isn’t.
Multiverse theory doesn’t cover paradoxical situations
Except in the universe where it does
i’m having an aneurysm
A set’s parameters cannot affect things outside of that set.
In a theoretical multiverse, there is no universe in which all of the other universes do not exist, much in the same way that there is no planet in our universe where the rest of the universe doesn’t exist.