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PostSubject: Re: Just talking   Fri Jan 25, 2013 5:25 am

I will be gone from the 26th until the 2nd of Feb so I will post the full tournament results (and the winners) by tomorrow...


Edit I: Sorry that I'm rushing the tournament now but i have to leave on very short notice and there are many things to prepare until tomorrow. don't be mad Embarassed

Edit II: @ Marcus and Heagon, I fear for the worst...please don't screw my tournament up, pretty please Crying or Very sad

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PostSubject: Re: Just talking   Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:05 am

For those of you considering an academic career: I found this hilarious piece, check it out:

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The Lord of the Rings: an allegory of the PhD?

The story starts with Frodo: a young hobbit, quite bright, a bit dissatisfied with what he's learnt so
far and with his mates back home who just seem to want to get jobs and settle down and drink beer.
He's also very much in awe of his tutor and mentor, the very senior professor Gandalf, so when
Gandalf suggests he take on a short project for him (carrying the Ring to Rivendell), he agrees.
Frodo very quickly encounters the shadowy forces of fear and despair which will haunt the rest of
his journey and leave permanent scars on his psyche, but he also makes some useful friends. In
particular, he spends an evening down the pub with Aragorn, who has been wandering the world for
many years as Gandalf's postdoc and becomes his adviser when Gandalf isn't around.
After Frodo has completed his first project, Gandalf (along with head of department Elrond)
proposes that the work should be extended. He assembles a large research group, including visiting
students Gimli and Legolas, the foreign postdoc Boromir, and several of Frodo's own friends from
his undergraduate days. Frodo agrees to tackle this larger project, though he has mixed feelings
about it. ("'I will take the Ring', he said, 'although I do not know why.'")

Very rapidly, things go wrong. First, Gandalf disappears and has no more interaction with Frodo
until everything is over. (Frodo assumes his supervisor is dead: in fact, he's simply found a more
interesting topic and is working on that instead.) At his first international conference in Lorien,
Frodo is cross-questioned terrifyingly by Galadriel, and betrayed by Boromir, who is anxious to get
the credit for the work himself. Frodo cuts himself off from the rest of his team: from now on, he
will only discuss his work with Sam, an old friend who doesn't really understand what it's all about,
but in any case is prepared to give Frodo credit for being rather cleverer than he is. Then he sets out
towards Mordor.

The last and darkest period of Frodo's journey clearly represents the writing-up stage, as he
struggles towards Mount Doom (submission), finding his burden growing heavier and heavier yet
more and more a part of himself; more and more terrified of failure; plagued by the figure of
Gollum, the student who carried the Ring before him but never wrote up and still hangs around as a
burnt-out, jealous shadow; talking less and less even to Sam. When he submits the Ring to the fire,
it is in desperate confusion rather than with confidence, and for a while the world seems empty.

Eventually it is over: the Ring is gone, everyone congratulates him, and for a few days he can
convince himself that his troubles are over. But there is one more obstacle to overcome: months
later, back in the Shire, he must confront the external examiner Saruman, an old enemy of Gandalf,
who seeks to humiliate and destroy his rival's protege. With the help of his friends and colleagues,
Frodo passes through this ordeal, but discovers at the end that victory has no value left for him.
While his friends return to settling down and finding jobs and starting families, Frodo remains in
limbo; finally, along with Gandalf, Elrond and many others, he joins the brain drain across the
Western ocean to the new land beyond.

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PostSubject: Re: Just talking   Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:20 am

Psychozoa wrote:
Edit II: @ Marcus and Heagon, I fear for the worst...please don't screw my tournament up, pretty please Crying or Very sad

Why is everyone always suspecting I'm going to start wars? That's the third time I've read that.
Keep calm, Marcus is a rather smart character and Haegon likes his secrets way too much to abandon his plan of world domination.

wait...what?
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PostSubject: Re: Just talking   Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:50 am

The only way Marcus will start conflicts is that he finally goes mad and becomes a snake.

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PostSubject: Re: Just talking   Mon Jan 28, 2013 1:22 am

Sir Haegon wrote:
Why is everyone always suspecting I'm going to start wars?

Its the profile picture, he looks cantankerous and untrustworthy Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Just talking   Tue Jan 29, 2013 5:05 am

The Dutch Queen Beatrix of Orange has abdicated the throne.

Long live the Queen! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Just talking   Tue Jan 29, 2013 5:08 am

Huzzah?

Huzzah!

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PostSubject: Re: Just talking   Tue Jan 29, 2013 5:11 am

Though technically, the ceremony is on April 30.

Prince William-Alexander will become the fourth King William.

Edit: proud to have Ninja'd Saeros with this very post.


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PostSubject: Re: Just talking   Tue Jan 29, 2013 5:12 am

What? NO! Who's up now? Willem/Wilhelm/Will'm?

The best queen ever. Sad

EDIT: ninjaed.

EDIT: it's not my fault, it's my connection's: too many layers of concrete blocking the signal. Wait until I get to my office: my ninjas will ninja you so fast they will go backwards in time.


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PostSubject: Re: Just talking   Tue Jan 29, 2013 5:16 am

From now on it is an aftermath player's rite of passage to ninja Saeros with a post.

Or make a GM laugh uproariously.

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PostSubject: Re: Just talking   Tue Jan 29, 2013 5:25 am

I have my work cut out for me then.
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PostSubject: Re: Just talking   Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:39 am

Fun fact: at one point of the Iliad Homer makes a catalogue of ships, more or less 1180, naming the captains, place of origin, and number of men of all contingents: http://www.poetryintranslation.com/PITBR/Greek/Iliad2.htm#_Toc239244713

This .gif is what you'll feel if you ever find yourselves facing this product of human obsession (althought, to be fair, Homer can quote them all technically due to a blessing of the Muses): http://whatshouldwecallhomer.tumblr.com/post/36263837497/how-i-feel-halfway-through-reading-the-catalogue-of

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PostSubject: temp topic   Wed Feb 06, 2013 11:50 am

Out of curiosity do any of you celebrate Chinese New Year?
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PostSubject: Re: Just talking   Sat Feb 09, 2013 9:01 am

No, but the Qing Ming is perhaps the most important date on my calendar, and it's close to the beginning of the Chinese year.

EDIT: why do you ask?
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PostSubject: Re: Just talking   Sat Feb 09, 2013 12:51 pm

Just out of curiosity Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Just talking   Wed Feb 13, 2013 6:00 am

Guys guys! Anyone seen this before? I almost fell off my seat laughing the first time! Very Happy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3PeNGsuAr8
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PostSubject: Re: Just talking   Wed Feb 13, 2013 6:06 am

Sir Celdiur Moriendor wrote:
Guys guys! Anyone seen this before? I almost fell off my seat laughing the first time! Very Happy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3PeNGsuAr8

this is awesome!
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PostSubject: Re: Just talking   Wed Feb 13, 2013 6:12 am

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Guys guys! Anyone seen this before? I almost fell off my seat laughing the first time! Very Happy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3PeNGsuAr8

Awesome indeed! "Asshole guard" made may day Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Just talking   Wed Feb 13, 2013 6:16 am

We should really start using these classic lines in our own RP dialogues.

"Its almost harvesting season!" Without a doubt the best excuse to get out of a royal council in the future! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Just talking   Fri Feb 15, 2013 8:23 am

Well, I've talked about this before.. like months and months ago.

But I finally started fencing two weeks ago and I love it! Though right now I can barely move... any muscle in my body.
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PostSubject: Re: Just talking   Fri Feb 15, 2013 8:25 am

Floret, epee or sabre? Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Just talking   Fri Feb 15, 2013 8:28 am

Iskar wrote:
Floret, epee or sabre? Smile

Épée.
The only possibility in the University Fencing course.
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PostSubject: Re: Just talking   Fri Feb 15, 2013 8:37 am

Boo, Sabre all the way! (Though at least you didn't have to do Foil... rubbish weapon!)

Epee is quite good fun through, especially when you fight it with the style of a sabreur. Most epeeists are stunned that you actually had the audacity to you know, attack them!

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PostSubject: Re: Just talking   Fri Feb 15, 2013 8:46 am

lol I heard the opposite!
Sabre fighting was boring and everything has to go simultaneously, or so they said.
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PostSubject: Re: Just talking   Fri Feb 15, 2013 9:03 am

Mordred wrote:
Boo, Sabre all the way! (Though at least you didn't have to do Foil... rubbish weapon!)

Epee is quite good fun through, especially when you fight it with the style of a sabreur. Most epeeists are stunned that you actually had the audacity to you know, attack them!

Haha! A fellow sabreist Very Happy

I myself love the style of the sabre..

Ill try that epee sabreur style Wink

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