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2023.05.29 23:58 Fanboy8947 Just what ARE the font skeletons?
By that I mean Sans and Papyrus. (and maybe gaster, judging by the fact that they share a naming scheme, but i'm not going to focus on him)
Anyways, we all know what Sans and Papyrus are, right? They're skeleton monsters. Sure, okay. But have you ever REALLY thought about it?
They aren't just any skeletons. Lots of animals have skeletons—dogs do, birds do. But Sans and Papyrus are HUMAN SKELETONS. For Undertale/Deltarune's world, that's got to have big implications, right? Humans being the only other race in the world? Or am I just cornplating
You have to understand. This is like if you had a fantasy world made of dog-people and cat-people, and one of the cat main characters is named "Woof", and they bark a lot and like chewing bones. Like that obviously has to mean something. It would be weirder for it NOT to mean anything.
I feel with sans and papyrus, it's so on-the-nose that it just, had an underflow error or something and now it seems so obvious that no one considers it.
If we had Alphys talking about wanting to be a human in UT, we would be racing to make theories about it. Ralsei sings don't forget, and we're theorizing that he's the singer in DR's credits. If any monster said something like "hmm it sure would be nice to have blood and hair" we would be like. Ok you're obviously related to humanity somehow.
Oh wait. Sans is shown to have blood, which only humans have.
Oh wait. Papyrus talks about styling his hair. Twice. And talks about wanting to have SKIN when you talk to him about the racecar bed. Even though we specifically know he doesn't consider himself to have skin (quote is literally just "I HAVE NO SKIN" while talking to Undyne in a phone call).
I have no idea what the actual explanation is, like what...sans & papyrus used to be humans, but then went through some experiment and turned into monsters? I guess
that could be true, but that sounds dumb. But these breadcrumbs have to be leading somewhere. What do we think? I even think this idea was lampshaded in Deltarune, where there's an NPC that asks
Yeah it's a funny joke. But really, where DO skeletons come from?? Lorewise, isn't it super weird that there exists a monster species with the exact same body morphology as humans? Like think about it. Obviously Toby doesn't plan every little detail in the world, but he is still meticulous, and I feel like he would want things to at least make sense.
- If humans are made of bones...
- Where does skeletons come from...?
Though conversely, maybe this NPC is actually poking fun at the idea, because it doesn't make much sense...
Toby's initial ideas for Sans and Papyrus came from Helvetica, which was a webcomic which had Skeletons with font names. but there were skeletons named after fonts in that.
Because this was Sans & Papyrus' initial inspiration, it's somewhat less likely that they were intended to act as a parallel to humans.
What I mean is, it wasn't Toby going: "I want to make a monster species that's really similar to humans" and decided on skeletons as a way to deliver that.
Because we know Helvetica inspired them, it would have had to be "Wait, these skeleton characters I'm making...skeletons are basically humans right? Let me incorporate that into their lore somewhere.". Which is a bit less likely, based on the idea of parsimony (simplest explanation is usually the correct one)
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2023.05.29 23:25 Presentation_Cute Leandros did nothing wrong
Let's start from the beginning.
Forge World Graia is being invaded by Orks, who at this point have ships in-atmosphere, plus throughout the game are shown to have control of, or at the very least are contesting, anti-air emplacements. And, while in a thunderhawk, Titus makes the decision to put on jump packs, leap through a hurricane of fire, board an enemy ship, and spend the first section of the game just reconvening with his squad. Titus risks the entire "strategically absolute" mission on a gamble, and Leandros calls him out on it. Leandros at first is suggestive and follows along with Titus, but once Titus separates and nearly dies on a crashing ship, Leandros, who also nearly died, is understandably pissed. Even Sergeant Sidonus questions Titus at the beginning, and he's an experienced veteran. Instead of explaining his reasoning, Titus continues to belittle Leandros, openly taunting him while on the thunderhawk (Try to keep up) and then claiming that Leandros interprets the codex narrowly, again, as they land wildly off-course and have to footslog their way back to the objective. There's no "narrow" interpretation, it should be common sense not to run into a firefight and Leandros is absolutely right on the money.
Then, it's Leandros that gets the idea to blow up the macrocannon by planting a melta charge on the shell. This guy, who the community presents as not doing anything unless the Codex explicitly says, is the one who gets the creative idea to destroy the gun battery, by being resourceful and knowledgeable about how to take down a big gun. A lot of people might be tempted to dismiss this because it seems too easy, but that's the point. Leandros taking the simple, effective, and quick solution is not a fault on him, but instead a praise, and Sidonus does just that.Leandros doesn't really take issue again until Titus moves to get the power source. The entire facility collapses, and Titus suddenly rings out that he somehow survived, against the Inquisitor's expectations. Then Drogan reveals that the power source conducts warp energies, and Leandros takes the most aggressive jump by associating it with chaos. Titus and Sidonus, on the other hand, trust the Inquisitor at face value and ignore it, so Leandros once again bites his tongue. The Inquisitor then reveals another test project, which uses the Power Source, and Titus still continues to trust him despite repeated warnings that the weapon could destroy the planet on accident. Considering he was sent here to protect the planet, Titus is weirdly invested in protecting an inquisitor that has already repeatedly kept secrets that impaired their mission, and again, nearly killed a 2nd Company Captain.
Once the daemons emerge, Leandros' first words are "how is this possible?" Then, Titus is once again demonstrated to have warp resistance, in addition to Drogan's puppeteering also emerging. Nemeroth expresses both gratitude to the space marines for helping his plans unfold, and interest in Titus specifically. In addition, its discussed that Drogan was likely killed by chaos agents, and not by orks. So Leandros is led to believe that 1) his captain has overt warp resistance, 2) his captain has a thing for disappearing suddenly by making brash decisions 3) its revealed that Drogan was a highly convincing puppet and 4) chaos has been at work on this planet for some stretch of time, without their knowledge. What was he supposed to think? Chaos changes the game here, and Titus' odd behavior has never been reassuring all the while. If you were playing the game from Leandros' perspective, you would think the game was setting up Titus to be the villain, another puppet or perhaps an agent of chaos that reveals himself a master planner. That this ends up not being the case isn't incompetency on Leandros' part, but is instead simply a bit of dramatic irony. That you happen to play as Titus doesn't excuse the fact that Titus himself is simply not a very inspiring or trustworthy person at this point.
The strike force successfully destroys the orbital spire, and Leandros suggests giving the power source to the inquisition for safekeeping. Titus remarks that the Inquisition has already failed thus far, and suggests destroying it. This isn't Leandros making a bad call per se, but its a deliberate test, seeing as Leandros already suspects Titus of mega-ultra-heresy. If Titus moves to get rid of the power source, it would objectively be a bad call because of Titus' reasons. However, if he tries to keep it, Leandros might think that Titus is up to something. Titus, being reasonable for once, chooses the middle route and suggests safely destroying it once they get back to the chapter, while still carrying out the mission here. Titus passes on the power source to Sidonus, and Leandros falls back in line.
However, just as this occurs, a sizeable force of Chaos marines emerge, and Titus orders Sidonus to make a break for it. And as Leandros is preoccupied elsewhere, Nemeroth suddenly emerges, takes the power source, and kills Sidonus. And yet, despite not being there to confirm the story, Leandros takes Titus' advice and plans to carry out vengeance. He openly protests Titus once again making the genius tactical move to split up to take on a Chaos Lord alone, and calls out that Nemeroth might plan to take advantage of Titus' warp connection. During this conversation, it's noted that Leandros does not openly say that Titus has a connection to Chaos, even though its already been said. Once again, Titus decide to play aggressively with a hypothetical question, and ask if Leandros fears him falling to chaos. Leandros says no, but turns away and imagines another hypothetical wherein Nemeroth takes advantage of Titus, a sort of long-winded way of saying "yes" without actually saying it. Again, Leandros has some very valid concerns at this point, and while its a stretch to think that Titus will directly fall to chaos (which the player picks up on), Titus is not at all reassuring. He's not just ignoring the Codex, he's actively pushing against basic ideas of how not to handle a chaos incursion, written by Bobby G, who wrote the book with every ounce of knowledge he had for preventing Chaos. Titus rejecting the Codex and being so chaotic at such a pivotal moment is where Leandros really ramps up his suspicions.
Nemeroth and Titus then have a facedown, and Nemeroth himself openly believes that Titus is connected to Chaos. Not only does Titus have warp resistance, but Nemeroth calls out how the very specific events that have occurred are entirely in line with the intentions of Chaos. This is a point brought up many times in other books, that one doesn't have to worship Chaos to serve Chaos, and Nemeroth puts it on display. Regardless of what Titus was doing, he was going to end up "serving" Chaos regardless, and his unique connection to the warp was seeming evidence of that.
And finally, at the climax of it all, Titus once again emerges, killing a half-daemon prince after falling through the warp and somehow using the power source to just right himself back into realspace. Titus and Leandros have their last stare down, as Leandros comes to the same conclusion as Nemeroth that Titus is connected to Chaos, and informs the inquisition forces that showed up. Many people have said that Leandros should have gone to the Master of Sanctity, but I disagree. This is the Captain of the 2nd company, who is just now experiencing weird warp-related phenomena, who seemingly keeps popping in and out of reality after going on suicide missions, and whose every action is made in such a way that they either ignore Leandros despite his valid criticisms, or are downright hostile to his loyalty to the codex. Leandros was put on the spot, and had to make a decision, and like any decision, he turned to the Codex for guidance.
Leandros is adamant that the Codex contains the truth, and Titus says that its a set of rules with the test to see what a Space Marine can make with them. This is where Titus honestly loses me. People always like to go on about how the Codex is a set of guidelines and not rules, but honestly I've never seen it that way. It laid out the philosophical groundworks to describe the role of the Adeptus Astartes from galactic conquerors to humanity's defenders, it made explicit strategic organization and developed doctrine and tactics to explain where every unit type fit into the grand picture, it set the precedent for Imperial separation of powers from legions to chapters and Imperial to Navy and Militarum, and it overall served as a historical document that outlines different situations and how soldiers (astartes mainly) should deal with them.
We know that Guilliman himself didn't like how narrow the Imperium viewed the codex, but that often ignores a lot of the context about his opinions. Gman hates that 1) the High Lords abuse codex stipulations to their own end 2) soldiers follow the rules without accounting for the situation. In some cases, as Leandros points out, the Codex does
account for the situation, because the Codex was meant to embody the wisdom of a tactical genius in a single document. If Titus was just willing to explain anything at all, Leandros would probably find it reasonable. He could have explained that he would rather protect the Thunderhawk for evac rather than risk it trying to land, he could have explained that he will submit himself to a chaplain once the battle was done, and he could have explained that him being warp resistant was not something wholly the result of Chaos (this is where I think Space Marine just has poor writing, there's nothing in the lore to suggest that the mutated and mad forces of Chaos are immune to the warp and there's plenty to suggest that loyal forces of the Emperor can resist warp powers. People will argue that its Leandros whose at fault for that, but those people are hypocritical to blame Leandros for quoting the codex if the Codex in this game explicitly says "Warp resistance = evil". IIRC Space Marine had no lore input from GW and was given free reign to make up whatever, so this checks out).
Moreover, this is an area I find to be hypocritical of the community. Leandros himself states that he uses the Codex for guidance, but he only references the hard and true facts that the game presents, which are "don't fly into enemy gunfire" and "Resisting the warp is something that heretics do". He has shown, through him going along with Titus' suicide jump and thinking to plant the melta charge, that he's fully capable of not acting directly according to the Codex. So I find it odd, in a community that continuously shits on the Codex Astartes and interpreting it too rigidly, that the community wants Leandros to wait until they get back to the chaplains(as the Codex intended) and not seek out a ranking Inquisitor. To me, I think the community got too wrapped up in playing as Titus that they go along with his "rules for thee but not for me" approach. Given the seriousness of the situation, Leandros had every reason to not want to wait and risk Titus corrupting other people.
One more thing I wanted to mention. People sometimes think that Leandros' original purpose was to show that Titus was right all along, and that throughout the planned sequels it would have shown Leandros coming to his senses. But I feel people are really taking that idea out of context, just because they hate Leandros. In an article
by The Escapist, the director for Space Marine revealed his plans for the sequels.
“The second part of his story was to focus on a ‘Titus Unleashed’ plot … basically there were forces arrayed against him that would see his loyalty to the Adeptus Astartes pushed to its limit, and his reaction would be to kind of ‘go rogue,'” van Lierop said. “He would survive, and come back even stronger in the third game, where other Space Marines still loyal to him would rally around him and he’d return to ‘clean house,’ but as the head of a brand new Chapter that we would build around him.”
And this is why I ultimately think, even in the original vision, Leandros was right. Titus shows up, makes brash decisions, can be definitively tied to the Warp and is hinted at being connected to Chaos the entire game. So where does his original story go? He ends up becoming a renegade, and leads a breakaway faction with the forces that were loyal to him while he was captain, all the while doubting the position of the Adeptus Astartes in the Imperium. Goddamn, if that is not the most explicit depiction of a heretic
they could have made, and it would have shown that Leandros had every reason to think Titus was a danger to the Imperium.
Forget all that defense of Titus by being the main character and therefore we "know" he's innocent, they actively planned to have him give in to everything that he went through. If they had gone through this this original plan, I think I would know the exact reaction the community would have had to Leandros questioning Titus
There are far more egregious examples of codex worship in the novels, but Leandros is not one of those people. He remains loyal, level headed, and focused while also trying to work out the situation. Titus never really defends his innocence that strongly because it relies on the player to trust Titus, but between Drogan, Nemeroth, and finally Leandros, Titus is up against the wall. Maybe its just poor characterization, but Titus is so bland throughout the game he never really backs up the idea that he's taking this seriously after everything that happens. Leandros might have turned in the player character, but honestly he had every reason to.
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2023.05.29 23:05 TheRetroWorkshop Hard & Accurate Sci-fi Tip #2: Space Military Structure (Namely, Space Opera):
This is going to be one of my more serious, long posts, so strap in, as they say (though I cannot possibly detail out everything you might need to know. That would require at least three posts). To quote -- and set the stage through -- Dostoevsky (from Notes from Underground):
'Is it [history] many-coloured? May be it is many-coloured, too: if one takes the dress uniforms, military and civilian, of all peoples in all ages--that alone is worth something, and if you take the undress uniforms you will never get to the end of it; no historian would be equal to the job. Is it monotonous? May be it's monotonous too: it's fighting and fighting; they are fighting now, they fought first and they fought last--you will admit, that it is almost too monotonous.
In short, one may say anything about the history of the world--anything that might enter the most disordered imagination. The only thing one can't say is that it's rational. The very word sticks in one's throat. And, indeed, this is the odd thing that is continually happening: there are continually turning up in life moral and rational persons, sages and lovers of humanity who make it their object to live all their lives as morally and rationally as possible, to be, so to speak, a light to their neighbours simply in order to show them that it is possible to live morally and rationally in this world. And yet we all know that those very people sooner or later have been false to themselves, playing some queer trick, often a most unseemly one.
Now I ask you: what can be expected of man since he is a being endowed with strange qualities? Shower upon him every earthly blessing, drown him in a sea of happiness, so that nothing but bubbles of bliss can be seen on the surface; give him economic prosperity, such that he should have nothing else to do but sleep, eat cakes and busy himself with the continuation of his species, and even then out of sheer ingratitude, sheer spite, man would play you some nasty trick. He would even risk his cakes and would deliberately desire the most fatal rubbish, the most uneconomical absurdity, simply to introduce into all this positive good sense his fatal fantastic element. It is just his fantastic dreams, his vulgar folly that he will desire to retain, simply in order to prove to himself--as though that were so necessary--that men still are men and not the keys of a piano, which the laws of nature threaten to control so completely that soon one will be able to desire nothing but by the calendar.'
I would only add that he was rather harsh on the soldier and his general. Many-coloured, is he! The eternal shine of the ten million blades, the wooden hilt; the forgotten hammer, the ships of our forefathers. Ah! Such a pity to see nought in it but blood and sand -- now, that is
monotonous. If man is to mean anything at all, it must be finding some honour in life... and death. War, it must be known, is the great stage-play of time. Surely, then, the warrior is the greatest (male) part to play? Otherwise, it's all for nought!
If you're going to, as the author, gift your setting a military and its honour, you have to actually put yourself inside the mind of the general, the trooper, the law-maker, the wife at home, the child in the street; otherwise, it's going to be a hollowed-out system, a mere mote. It does not matter to me if you believe in war or not, or if all war is just (certainly, it's not): what matters is that you do your setting and peoples justice, regardless of what they may find themselves. After all, this is your job as the writer, as the artist. It's your job to let your characters and their stories free, and follow them, as to see where they may lead.
I'm not even going to dig into the elements at play, such as brotherhood, inter-national conflict resolution, national defence, social structure, and physical fitness. These elements ought to be known to you all: they are some of the clear benefits to warfare and boot camp/training, in general. I have not yet found a defeatist army, for example -- or yet a nation without some kind of guarder force, vast or not. (Note: there are some claims that actual warfare did not exist until around 9,000 BC, but I find this very difficult to believe, and have seen some counter-evidence. For example, Jane Goodall and de Waal find that chimps go to war (raiding parties, sometimes wiping out entire tribes); and there are strong indications that pre-historic human tribes were war-driven, just on smaller scales, and often using wooden weapons (thus, no direct evidence is found). We know that modern hunting (and fire-making, and related matters) existed at least 1.5-2 million years ago, according to the books I own and more recent research. That's the entire history of humanity, ultimately. There is no way these spears and slings were not used against man.)
Well, a big part of space opera is, indeed, warfare (typically in relation to defence of the Good [nation] and psychomachy). Anyway, without further ado, I give to you... Part One: A Brief History of Battles, Great and Small
Let's begin with Alexander the Great, because why not (though I could have started with Sargon of Akkad many years prior). Alexander's army was a powerful, fast-moving, and relatively small force of 40,000 men (equal to a Napoleonic corps or so). Often credited with inventing genius 'shock' tactics (the so-called hammer and anvil tactic) to overwhelm equally-sized forces. He even managed to break up, and then defeat, the vast Persian army under King Darius III (around 1500,000 strong). Alexander the Great's army is as close to the cinematic glory of 300 (2006) as you're likely to find. Soon after, Alexander was crowned King of Asia in a lavish ceremony.
Moving forward a few hundred years, at its peak, the Roman military possibly had over 500,000 soldiers across its regions (around 0.5% of citizens -- which is a fairly reliable standard across history) by 306 AD during the reign of Constantine I. Compare this to the Roman conquest of Britain under Plautius, with just a 40,000-man force (four legions and 20,000 auxiliary troops, including Thracians) in 43 AD. (It's also worth mentioning, if you're in a long-term space war, individual companies, legions, or otherwise could stay outfitted for as long as 500 years at a time without issue. The Roman Legion, Legio IX Hispana, for example, existed for at least 150 years, and led the conquest of Britain. And, within the Warhammer 40,000 universes, a single Space Marine sees battle for about 400 years before he's KIA (killed in action).)
During the Battle of Hastings in 1066 AD, each side only had upwards of 5,000-8,000 men (around 15,000 in total). This was actually a common trend, from what I found: equally common was the notion of 'law of war' and related, which meant that each side wanted to be roughly equal to the other side. This is one of the most profound discoveries of my life (more on this later). (The Japanese invasion of China, for example, taught me that having too much control over your enemy leads to madness -- there must be an innate drive to some sense of honour, fair challenge in war-making. When men are without equals, they become titans, as it were. And, if you know anything about some of the Greek titans: they were not very friendly or sane.)
Around this time (960-1279 AD), the Song Dynasty of China had a remarkable standing army of over two million men, and made use of tank-like carts and newly-invented 'grandes' (known as 'thunder crash bombs'). However, this was financially exhausting, but it was sometimes capable of fighting against invading Khitans, Jurchens, and Mongols, largely thanks to the great iron industry. Individual battles, however, were quite small.
By the time of the First Italian War (1494 AD), Europe was really starting to take its modern shape, and there were hundreds of what are ultimately power struggle wars and rebellions across Europe as we moved out of the Middle Ages. This was the opening phase of the Italian Wars, which existed between 1494 and 1559 AD. The Battle of Marignano was the last major engagement of the War of the League of Cambrai (aka the wars between 1508 and 1516 AD, within the Italian Wars. The main participants were the French, Papal States, and Republic of Venice) and took place in 1515 AD, southeast of Milan. The Battle of Marignano pitted the French army, led by Francis I and the best heavy cavalry and artillery in Europe, against the Old Swiss Confederacy (within the Holy Roman Empire -- this was the precursor of the modern state of Switzerland), whose mercenaries until that point were regarded as the best medieval infantry force in Europe. The French had German landsknechts (mercenaries famed for pike and shot formations) on their side. The French won and suffered just half the losses, and did so with a fairly stronger force -- possibly 35,000 men compared to 22,000 on the Swiss side. This led to the Treaty of Fribourg, which established the 'Perpetual Peace', and ensured good relations between the two nations for nearly 200 years. This event is largely what led to Switzerland's world-famous diplomatic autonomy and militaristic neutrality. Nonetheless, this battle -- and countless others at the time -- saw similar numbers to centuries past: roughly 20,000 on each side. Part Two: An Introduction to Military Divisions & the Numbering System
Enter Maurice de Saxe circa 1710 AD, whom you can thank, at least in part, for the modern military system, largely due to the major increase in soldiers by the 18th century, and his advanced thinking in response. A major battle felt by a young de Saxe was the Battle of Malplaquet during the War of the Spanish Succession. Battles pressed on in this manner, and at some point, de Saxe began to write about it. He wrote Mes Reveries, a profound work on the art of war, which was published after his death in 1757 AD.
He had the grand idea of reshaping the regiment system into large 'legions' (modern divisions), so that the effective officers were not wasted on smaller, single regiments. These divisions would consist of four regiments and would have a more even mix of veteran soldiers and new recruits, as well. On top of this, he -- along with some other key theorists at the time -- had the idea of simply numbering the divisions and regiments, replacing the traditional system of naming them by their commanders or by locations/regions: because that's a very temporary, rigid system that only works for small, tight-knit groups. The divisional system also allowed soldiers to climb the ranks, and effectively learn from the veterans.
The regimental system shatters command structure and weakens mobility, despite the fact you have smaller, often lighter units. Too many small, separate, disorganised units is highly ineffective when you're dealing with large armies, and quite an advanced enemy (be it the British or Prussians, in this case). What de Saxe noticed was a failing system of rigid tradition. He also hated this sort of grenadier mentality of the 17th and 18th centuries, as it displaced all the strongest and most experienced soldiers. Of course, de Saxe was not against the existence of grenadiers: the strongest soldiers, leading the assaults, such as storming fortifications. He simply wanted to evenly spread them out across all the regiments, and legions, so that every single unit was an effective tool. (This grenadier concept actually survives to this day, as a grenade launcher specialist of a typical four-man fireteam (traditionally, sharing much in common with WWII-era shock troops), and you see it all the time in movies, where he is still typically the biggest, strongest of the team.)
Battles were increasingly crossing the 100,000 mark in terms of soldier count; whereas, not long ago (that is, around 1650 AD), the numbers were more likely in the range of 20,000 for most battles, other than a few outliers.
Then, de Saxe died before he had the opportunity to actually implement his system, though the Duke de Broglie led some successful experiments with it during the Seven Years War, but it took until the French Revolution for the 'division' concept to be enforced, systematically. This ultimately fell at the hands of the French Revolutionary Army.
Enter Lazare Carnot. Like de Saxe, Carnot saw that some regiments were full of veterans, whilst others -- namely, the new revolutionary brigades -- were filled with barely-trained recruits. And, like de Saxe, his solution was to separate out the veterans and embed them within these new brigades. More importantly, he embraced de Saxe's idea of the 'division'. The new demi-brigades (regiments, as the Revolutionary Government hated and removed the term regiment) would be combined into brigades, and brigades would be combined into divisions. Later, under Napoleon, divisions themselves were combined into corps (which is and has always been the highest level of operational units for actual combat, with all units larger than corps being purely administrative, with a clear exception being Napoleon's Armee (i.e. modern field army), and a few other, smaller army groups).
This wonderfully created an intermediate level of control between the general and the brigade commanders. The Revolutionary Army became at once an army of mass and mobility. This allowed the army to move faster and more decisively than their enemies, who were still commanding at regiment or brigade level.
Full implementation of the divisional system was not realised until the French Revolutionary Government, in their centralising and anti-aristocratic ways, when they decided to entirely remove the old system of naming regiments after their commanders. They saw all of this as part of the 'ancien regime' (i.e. 'the System' or 'old system', language also used by Hitler in relation to what he called the 'Weimar Republic'. Not uncommon language from any new system). The second factor at play was that the French Revolutionary Government also didn't like the idea of merely naming regiments after regions of France. The final factor was scale: the Army was larger than ever, which made it very difficult to give specific names.
As a result, the Government began numbering their units by the late-1700s. Although the Roman legions themselves had been numbered, and de Saxe argued for it many years prior, some scholars believe that this was purely an administrative decision. (Obviously, your naming convention can be more on the religious/traditional or seculamodern side, depending on just how the entire system is set up. Warhammer 40,000 is a good example of a more Roman-inspired system, despite its far-future nature, so it's not uncommon to find very traditional, religious naming conventions within Warhammer 40,000, coupled with simple, administrative systems. And, again: Nazi Germany and other 20th-century powers, such as America and England, also shifted towards numbered and/or lettered systems for pretty much everything. Not shockingly, this is heavily featured in sci-fi, as well.) Part Three: Napoleon & the Birth of Modern War:
Although the concepts of the 'corps' and 'battalion carre' (that is, four corps) existed, they were also not implemented until the time of Napoleon in the early-1800s. He began grouping divisions into corps, making the largest units in history -- equal to entire armies of older periods (three divisions and some cavalry regiments, for upwards of 30,000 men). He commanded dozens of these corps (I think, around 20 of them for his Grande Armee when he invaded Russia in 1812 AD -- or, 500,000-600,000 men, equal to the entire core Roman military at the height of its power).
Napoleon's genius -- despite his supreme failure to invade Russia -- was ensuring that these corps were typically independent fighting units. This meant they were self-sufficient armies unto themselves. This allowed for a vast force, without the whole system becoming sluggish and disorganised. Of course, as with Alexander the Great before him, this ultimately led to major decentralization and failure once the leader is defeated; thus, without a singular ruler, and without endless success, the entire system breaks down (unless there is something else binding them).
Nonetheless, by now, all the European powers had adopted the divisional system. The first British divisions were established by Arthur Wellesley in 1809 AD, for example. The Napoleonic corps system then became standardised, as well.
On the other hand -- and other side of the world -- the U.S. had its own 'legion', wholly separate from the European divisional evolution. They were independent units for the western wilderness, not sub-elements of a larger army. The U.S. finally adopted a more European system by WWI, however. (Mostly because the U.S. was simply not a large enough force yet, though it did have some major battles and unit examples.)
Regardless, the primary building block for all was still the regiment or division. This remained true through WWII and beyond. Part Four: The Four Spatial Forms of Sci-fi
I shall skip modern history, because it's -- shockingly -- not much different to older history. This further tells me that there are some universal themes and elements to warfare, unless something changes beyond measure. As of 2023 AD, the basic building block of most armies is still the regiment or division, and 'shock' tactics, of smaller units are back in style, and have been since the 1960s or so. (I do have a few things to say about WWI and beyond, but I cannot fit it in this post, and it's not required reading.)
Technically, there is a fifth: space warfare proper (an admixture). But, we shall simply focus on the four primary. I use the term 'spatial forms' because I don't know a better term. See below.
- Space as an ocean (navy propeoceanic)
- Spaceships as submarines (navy/subaquatic)
- Spaceships as tanks (army/ground)
- Space as air with less stuff (air force/air)
You find, and should focus on, one of these as the primary mode (at least). This is true in most combative and non-combative contexts. All are workable and interesting, and have some notable examples, mostly in film/TV and novels. There is much psychology connected to each, and some innate differences to consider; and you have to think about such in relation to your nation/culture, as well, and their pre-spacefaring history.
An interesting, real-world example is America's Space Force. This is fundamentally army-and-naval driven (i.e. Marines), despite its primary air force-like nature in simple terms of the vessels and how it would function in a war. This is evidenced by the fact its ranking system and such is built around the Marine Corps. I guess, that means, going with American Marines (a complex admixture of both soldier and sailor) is not such a bad idea in sci-fi. We all know this is a decent idea, anyway, and it's seen heavily in sci-fi since the 1940s (hence, the term 'space marine'). Other marine forces are fairly in line with this, as well. The typical route here is space as an ocean
. The ships are merely carrying the marines to their location (planet or otherwise). You see this with Star Wars' Stormtroopers (though I did not mention such above, I shall now: this stems from late-WWI when Germany created new advanced tactics for storming British trenches. But, most of all, it speaks to Hitler's Stormtroopers, fused with some kind of space marine position; thus, we end up with Lucas' forgetting Stormtrooper force). (Of course, the Rebels of Star Wars and the Empire's TIE Fighters go with the space as air with less stuff
trope. And, there is a general sense of both army and navy from the Empire. You rarely get the 'submarine feel', in this case.)
Star Trek (at least, the original) takes the spaceships as submarines
trope much of the time (other than the fact, their ships are far too wasteful, volume-wise -- but that's mostly for filming purposes, so I can accept it). I actually love this mode (though I don't care for Star Trek's version so much).
Battlestar Galactica (new series), among others, seems to take a mixed view.
Which form or mode you run with, primarily, really depends upon the exact setting, culture, story, theme, and style you're going with. I suggest figuring out which you want/which fits best, and then trying to stick to that singular vision as much as possible. To get ideas, you can research as much as possible -- both real science/history and fiction.
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2023.05.29 22:06 JoelSnape An introduction to the Saturn Polar Configuration (for those who may be new to the subject)
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In his groundbreaking book ‘The Saturn Myth’ (inspired by the work of Immanuel Velikovsky who has correspondence with Albert Einstein about his ideas) researcher David Talbott analyzed myths from ancient cultures around the world and found that they all described the same phenomenon surrounding Saturn. He found that symbolism for Saturn is the same throughout ancient Mesopotamia, India, Greece, the Americas, and Egypt — and as documented by ancient cultures, explains how there was once a celestial alignment involving Saturn that occurred thousands of years ago. Based on ancient accounts throughout the world, Talbott describes a period of “great upheaval” in celestial bodies, when Saturn, Venus, and Mars descended and aligned overhead Earth in a spectacular astronomical event dubbed the “Saturn Polar Configuration”. As Talbott says in ‘The Saturn Myth’: “[The Saturn Polar Configuration is] the idea based on comparative mythology, that the Earth was once in close proximity, or even a satellite of the planet Saturn”. During this celestial upheavel, Mars descended from its position in the sky and formed a connection or stairway to Saturn which became known by the ancients as the heaven-sustaining giant Atlas, Mount Olympus, and the Tower of Babel, inter alia. Various cultures around the world recorded this celestial stairway. For example, the Makirtare Indians of the Amazonian rainforest tell of a time where the hero Ahishama, identified as Mars, climbed a stairway to Heaven. The Mesopotamian god Nergal also climbed a stairway to Heaven and was identified as Mars. Talbott calls this stairway the “Cosmic Mountain”. There are various illustrations of how this alignment would have looked here
. COSMIC MOUNTAIN TO SATURN
During this time of celestial upheaval, Saturn and the other bodies that were aligned with it went through various configurations in the sky (see the documentary series ‘Discourses on an Alien Sky’) and at one point the light emanating from Venus behind Mars formed what appeared to be a pupil inside a triangle that Talbott associates with the All-Seeing-Eye. As Talbott explains in ‘The Saturn Myth’: “It’s impossible to pursue Saturn’s ancient image without encountering the paradise of Eden, the lost Atlantis, or the All-Seeing-Eye of heaven”. The Saturn Polar Configuration was mostly characterized by an 8-pointed star or 8-spoked wheel. Here
is an image of Saturn holding an 8-spoked wheel (as shown in ‘Discourses on an Alien Sky’). The crescent under Saturn was morphed and anthropomorphized. The Saturn-crescent was morphed into wings — with the solar disc (Saturn) placed in the centre, such as with the Egyptian winged Kheper. Quote from ‘The Saturn Myth’: “Of the crescent in the primary images and ancient sources present these basic forms: The horns of the bull-god or the uplifted arms of the heaven-sustaining giant [such as Atlas
]. The outstretched wings of the mother goddess (or winged god). But these same wings, or arms, constitute the great god’s sailing vessel [Saturn Ship
] which in turn is depicted as two shining horns”. As Talbott points out in ‘The Saturn Myth’, the fundamental themes of Saturn imagery include the the Saturn Ship, the All-Seeing-Eye, the two sacred pillars of Heaven (morphed into the Hercules and Masonic pillars) — the two shining horns and uplifted arms of the heaven-sustaining giant which were all based on the same celestial alignment in the sky. https://preview.redd.it/66tfb9crav2b1.png?width=750&format=png&auto=webp&s=c2c9f5dd75b84ca829e00d094d5669d4d3482229
The 8-pointed star (as seen in the Saturn Polar Configuration and as shown above) is a symbol of Freemasonry. The Masonic image below has a circle inside the 8-pointed star (called the circumpunct — an ancient symbol of the Sun). In his book ‘Morals and Dogma’, 33 degree Freemason Albert Pike connects the ancient Sun to the All-Seeing-Eye and the Masonic Blazing Star, saying: “The Blazing Star has been regarded as an emblem of Omniscience, or the All-Seeing-Eye, which to the ancients was the Sun”. This is curious, because we know that the ancients considered Saturn to be the Sun — as explained by Talbott in ‘The Saturn Myth’. The Babylonians associated Saturn with the Sun (as “son of Shamash” and “star of Helios”) and the name for Saturn in Chaldean astronomy was Alap-Shamas, meaning “Star of the Sun”. In the article ‘Saturn as the Sun of Night in Ancient Eastern Tradition’, Peter James says, “attested in Mesopotamia and followed by the Greeks and Hindus, there’s a long-standing association with Saturn as the Sun”. Troy McLachlan, says, in his book ‘The Saturn Death Cult’: “The ancients did indeed see a Sun-like object residing in their skies — and that object was Saturn”. According to political scientist Alfred De Grazia in his book ‘Homo Schizo: Human Nature’, Isaac Vail (who was an amateur scientific theorist) connected the All-Seeing-Eye (which remember was the Masonic Blazing Star) to the Saturn Polar Configuration, saying: “The All-Seeing-Eye is one of the earliest and most nearly universal symbols. Isaac Vail believed that the primordial eye was the boreal opening from which Saturn on his throne looked down upon his domain”. The letter G in the image below takes the place of Venus in the Saturn Polar Configuration. 33 degree Freemason Arthur Waite quotes famous occultist Eliphas Levi telling us that the letter “G” stands for Venus (see his book ‘The Mysteries of Magic: A Digest of the Writings of Eliphas Levi’). https://preview.redd.it/6utnkyytav2b1.png?width=467&format=png&auto=webp&s=bf8ccc7bf37d0ddae3b5b4aa0285d8f2c64f859b
Another instance of the 8-pointed star on a Freemason building in Lisbon: https://preview.redd.it/08azng1wav2b1.png?width=639&format=png&auto=webp&s=f512374111edcaf0ef5b48f2689ef9a910b87fd3
During the various configurations of the Saturn Polar Configuration that produced various visual characteristics, the smaller orb of Venus (and also at different times Mars which produced a darker dot as shown here
from ‘Discourses on an Alien Sky’) appeared as a circumpunct that passed in front of the larger orb of Saturn. As Talbott explains in ‘The Saturn Myth’: “From one section of the world to another the planet-god’s worshippers drew pictures of the Saturnian Configuration and these pictures become the universal signs and symbols of antiquity. In the global lexicon of symbols, the most common images are the enclosed Sun ⊙
[the ancient Sun corresponding to Saturn according to Talbott] and the enclosed Sun cross ⊕
. It appears that every ancient race revered these signs”. Author Dan Brown explains the circumpunct as follows: “In the idiom of symbology, there was one symbol [the circumpunct] that reigned supreme above all others. The oldest and most universal, this symbol fused all the ancient traditions in a single solitary image that represented the illumination of the Egyptian Sun-god, the triumph of alchemical gold, the wisdom of the Philosopher’s Stone, the purity of the Rosicrucian Rose, the moment of Creation, the All, the dominance of the astrological Sun, and the omniscient All-Seeing-Eye that hovered atop the unfinished pyramid”. According to Wikipedia: “Throughout history, the circumpunct has been all things to all people — it’s the Sun-god Ra, alchemical gold, and the All-Seeing-Eye”. In ‘The Saturn Myth’, Talbott identifies Ra as Saturn, saying: “One finds of interest an Egyptian ostrakon (1st century B.C.) cited by Franz Boll: The ostrakon identifies the planet Saturn as the great god Ra”. The circumpunct can be seen in Freemason artwork (as shown below). The image on the bottom right is an illustration of the Saturn Polar Configuration from the documentary ‘Symbols of an Alien Sky’ (with Venus as the luminous dot). https://preview.redd.it/8xsmwgezav2b1.png?width=750&format=png&auto=webp&s=adc33c03e84d3d3f973ccb9ff44d812cb8875516
The luminous U
-shape created by the Saturn-crescent became morphed into pillars. Talbott says in ‘The Saturn Myth’ when explaining the twin-pillar or twin-peaked crescent of the Saturn Polar Configuration: “In all ancient myths of the lost paradise, the land of peace and plenty rests upon a cosmic pillar — “Earth’s highest mountain”. One of the peculiarities of the Mount is that it possesses two peaks, rising to the right and left of the central column. The Egyptian Mount of Glory (Khut) reveals two peaks between which rests the Aten or enclosed Sun 𓈌
. Depicted by this sign are “the two great mountains on which Re appears”. And what is most interesting about the Egyptian symbol of the cleft peak 𓈋
is that it finds strikingly similar parallels in other lands. The Mesopotamian Sun-god rests upon a twin-peaked world mountain of identical form and the same dual mount occurs also in Mexico — here too revealing the Sun-god between the two peaks. In Hebrew and Muslim thought “the mountain of paradise is a double one” observes Wensinck. To the Hebrews Sinai, Ebol, and Gerezim were all conceived as images of a twin-peaked mountain, states Jeremias. In the primeval Tyre (paradise) according to the description of Nonnus, a “double rock” rises from the ocean. In its centre is an olive (the central Sun) which automatically emits fire, setting it in a perpetual blaze. The Syrian and Hittite great gods stand equally balanced upon two mountains. In the beginning, according to a central Asiatic legend related by Uno Holmberg, “there was only water, from which the two great mountains emerged”. From the central mount of Hindu cosmology rise two secondary peaks. Of course, the twin pillars of Hercules point to the same idea”. In his book ‘Mortal Jigsaw Puzzle’, Grieving Patriot says: “In ancient history, this twin pillar construct is also referred to as the pillars of Hercules, a gateway beyond which lay the path to enlightenment”. https://preview.redd.it/lvcvkrq2bv2b1.png?width=669&format=png&auto=webp&s=dc0fe919e01594a12065de19fe5ef2c278d62ec2
Notice the Saturn-crescent below which appears as two pillars: https://preview.redd.it/6x1zyhb5bv2b1.png?width=231&format=png&auto=webp&s=c2cf5fa59523763971c1545cfa46ee1b9887a9fe
This same symbol is seen throughout the ancient world such as the Phoenician Tanit symbol where the Saturn-crescent has become fully morphed into pillars: https://preview.redd.it/6bus33k7bv2b1.png?width=220&format=png&auto=webp&s=c0fe6fd3b9553294d3fabfbb66cbb46885c86e25
The symbols above became the basis for Freemason Tracing Boards showing the Blazing Star placed between two pillars: https://preview.redd.it/478ni6s9bv2b1.png?width=430&format=png&auto=webp&s=096f861563619f6a8a60cd69bc57e87eaced8d8c
In ‘The Saturn Myth’, Talbott corresponds the Saturn Polar Configuration to a gateway, saying: “The god “comes out” and “goes in” on the [Saturnian] mountaintop through the “gate”, but he accomplishes this without moving from his fixed abode”. Talbott also cites Coffin Text talking about how the Saturn Polar Configuration was a portal. The text reads: “I did four good deeds within the portal of the Mount of Glory. I made the four winds that every man might breathe”. Talbott explains that the sign 𓈌
is the Mount of Glory. This is the same sign given by Talbott for the Saturn Polar Configuration. Talbott expands on the idea that the Saturn Polar Configuration was a kind of gate in his article here
in which he says: “One of the archetypal forms I had discussed involved the global myths and symbols of the “Chain of Arrows”, a theme inseparably connected to another archetype, the “Ladder of Heaven”. As the story was told, a great warrior launches arrows into the sky, each embedding itself in the one above to form a ladder or stairway to the land of the gods”. The Saturn Polar Configuration went through various configurations that produced various visual characteristics, but was mostly characterized by an 8-pointed star. The 8-pointed star was known as the “Cross of Ilu” or “Bab-Ilu” which means “Gate of God”. According to investigative mythologist William Henry, author of over 18 books in alternative science, the 8-pointed star represented a portal or a Gate of God, saying: “Wherever archaeologists discovered remains of the early Sumerian civilizations the symbol of the “Gate of the Gods” was prominently displayed. The Sumerians depicted this gate as an 8-pointed star”. Since the beginning of the written word, countless stories have begun by ripping holes in the fabric of reality and pulling their protagonists through. Portals date back to the oldest written text we have on record — the 4,000-year-old Sumerian tale Epic of Gilgamesh — in which the hero travels
through a mountaintop portal to the land of the gods. In the Epic of Gilgamesh, the hero travels to the gate of the Sun-god Shamash at the mountain of Mashu.
The same 8-pointed star keyhole symbolism as the Saturn Polar Configuration is shown below on a Masonic stained-glass window: https://preview.redd.it/oow7tgmhbv2b1.png?width=445&format=png&auto=webp&s=3fb43f1b14b2c6588e39e2ecd93aa0255508e922
Even though the Saturn Polar Configuration corresponds to the Masonic image above of the Blazing Star between the pillars, it’s generally assumed that the Blazing Star between the Masonic pillars is Sirius — not Saturn or Venus. Masonic historian Henry Coil says: “But whether the Blazing Star refers to Saturn or the Sun or some other heavenly body is not ascertainable”. In his book ‘Myth, Magick, and Masonry’, Jaime Lamb connects the Masonic Blazing Star to Venus, saying: “The Blazing Star’s relationship to Venus (also anciently known as the Morning Star) may best be illustrated by the fact that it’s represented in the form of a pentagram. This significance comes primarily from the fact that Venus traces [a perfect pentagram across the sky every eight years when observed from Earth”]. The fact that the Masonic Blazing Star is also sometimes represented by an 8-pointed star (as shown in the image above) might also point towards it being Venus. The Mesopotamian goddess Inanna was worshipped as the embodiment of Venus and her symbol was the 8-pointed star. In the 1875 of ‘Freemason’s Monthly Volume 6’, we read: “Venus, whose orbit is within but on a level with our own… is the brilliant “Blazing Star” that heralds the rising or attends the setting Sun”. While some argue that the Masonic Blazing Star is Venus, some have suggested that it could be Jupiter. The ancient Greeks knew Jupiter as Phaethon (Φαέθων) meaning “Shining One” or “Blazing Star”. Whether the Masonic Blazing Star is Sirius, Saturn, Venus, Jupiter, Alcyone, Aldebaran, the Moon, or some other heavenly body, it’s acknowledged by some that Freemasons misguide people as to the true meaning of their symbols. For example, the prominent Freemason, Albert Pike, said in his book ‘Morals and Dogma’: “Part of the symbols are displayed there to the initiate, but he is intentionally misled by false interpretations. It’s not intended that he shall understand them; but it’s intended that he shall imagine that he understands them”. Part of the problem is that much of what Freemasons are doing is buried under layers of armour-clad secrecy so many strata deep that only archaeologists of the distant future will have any hope of disinterring any of these things.
The Egyptian symbol of the Ankh was based on the Saturn Polar Configuration, as Talbott explains in ‘The Saturn Myth’, saying: “The Ankh (whose origins experts have long debated) is but a conventionalized image of the [Saturn] Polar Configuration”. In his book ‘Secret Societies: Revelations About Freemasons’, Philip Gardiner explains that the Ankh was seen as a gateway or portal into a higher dimension. Quote: “The Ankh is known as the Crux Ansata. It’s a simple T-cross, surmounted by an oval — called the Ru. The Ru is often seen as a gateway or portal to another dimension, such as Heaven. The Ankh therefore becomes the symbol of transition from one place to another. It outlived Egyptian domination and was widely used by the Christians as the [Latin] Cross”. As well as being linked to the Ankh, the Saturn Polar Configuration can be linked to other symbols, such as the symbol of the All-Seeing-Eye. Probably the most recognizable Masonic symbol is the All-Seeing-Eye, included in the architecture of the Great Seal of the U.S. Dollar Bill. Fixed within a triangle, the disembodied eye is surrounded by rays of light and rests upon an unfinished pyramid. The All-Seeing-Eye finds its roots in ancient Egypt as the Eye of Horus (or Ra) and can be traced back to the Saturn Polar Configuration. During the alignment of Saturn, Venus, and Mars, in their different configurations, they formed a triangle and 8-pointed star. Quote from ‘The Saturn Myth’: “Saturn wears the band as a golden girdle, collar or crown. He dwells in it as the pupil of the All-Seeing-Eye”. To see this All-Seeing-Eye alignment explained see ‘Discourses on an Alien Sky#5’. The image below is loosely how this would have looked. In his (co-authored) book ‘The Ark of Millions of Years’, physicist Alexander Agnew, who has published thousands of technical papers, says: “The portal into Heaven is marked by the All-Seeing-Eye”. So, could this be what the Saturn Polar Configuration essentially is, then? Some portal or gateway into Heaven? THE SATURN POLAR CONFIGURATION FROM ‘DISCOURSES ON AN ALIEN SKY’
This is likely the inspiration for the All-Seeing-Eye on the U.S. Dollar Bill. https://preview.redd.it/uwxl1cipbv2b1.png?width=641&format=png&auto=webp&s=f8f880f2d3343a38e88b941370f234ff869c1023
Some have suggested that the symbols on the U.S. Dollar Bill were created by Freemasons. After all, some of the Founding Fathers were apparently Freemasons (such as George Washington and Benjamin Franklin) and the All-Seeing-Eye was ostensibly adopted by Freemasonry in 1797 and only 5 years later was adopted on the reverse-side of The Great Seal. Many believe that Freemasons are responsible for the eye-excruciatingly small image of the owl; a Masonic symbol for “knowledge”. So, what’s the goal of Freemasons, then? Assuming the All-Seeing-Eye on the U.S. Dollar Bill is a respresentation of the Saturn Polar Configuration, which Talbott has associated with the Tower of Babel, we then have a connection between Freemasons and the Tower of Babel. Indeed, some have suggested that the pyramid on the U.S. Dollar Bill is a representation of the Tower of Babel. According to researcher Jim Cornwell: “The pyramid on the Great Seal represents the unfinished Tower of Babel”. In his book ‘Antichrist Osiris: The History of the Luciferian Conspiracy’, Chris Relitz writes: “The unfinished [pyramid] seen on the American Dollar Bill may be a reference to the Tower of Babel”. According to Christopher Hodapp in his book ‘Freemason Symbols and Ceremonies For Dummies’: “Freemasonry’s legends claim that the group was descended from the great builders of the Old Testament — Noah’s Ark, the Tower of Babel, and King Solomon’s Temple”. Researcher Alexander Slade describes how Freemasons were possibly responsible for the Tower of Babel. Tentatively then, it would make sense if the goal of Freemasons was to recreate the Tower of Babel and reconnect Heaven with Earth.
Below is an old Freemason Tracing Board showing the All-Seeing-Eye over a pillar, with the pillar likely representing the Cosmic Mountain: https://preview.redd.it/lf6u7dxwbv2b1.png?width=476&format=png&auto=webp&s=bfc01b8fd71b15fb116ec32fea46fbf6393fac64
The image below is a comparison between the Masonic Square and Compass (on the left) the Stargate logo (in the centre) and the Cosmic Mountain to Saturn and Venus (on the right) also called the “Saturn Polar Configuration”. The design of the Square and Compass corresponds to the configuration of Saturn, Venus, and the Cosmic Mountain, as seen in ‘Discourses on an Alien Sky’. In this interpretation, the circle at the apex of the Masonic Compass represents the Blazing Star and the triangular appearance of the Compass itself represents the Cosmic Mountain or pathway. https://preview.redd.it/f90wb6wzbv2b1.png?width=645&format=png&auto=webp&s=e26ff16f7d653d84831ce8f7e2af04a0c0d1077e
The connection between Freemasonry and the Saturn Polar Configuration becomes more apparent when we compare the stained-glass painting above to the front cover of ‘The Saturn Myth’ book as shown here
2023.05.29 21:55 Salt-Woodpecker-2638 ChatGPT is useless.
To emphasise my experience with chat GPT: I have been using ChatGPT every day since the first day after release. I have been building my discord bot, introducing as many features as possible: plugins, semantic search, web search, etc. My intention is to explore rather than to have my job done. I am an interested person and not just a boomer-hater of everything new. And after checking use cases, developing and testing, I came up with the thought that chatGPT is useless...
It may first sound like I am a troll. Millions of people are happy with GPT answers, but I want to show what I am thinking about it:
We all know that chatGPT makes mistakes. What is more important, it makes it with 100% confidence, so you can only guess if the sentence contains an error unless you are a professional in the field of question. And even the experienced person can miss a fault. Sometimes sentences can look similar but have different meanings:
Let's eat, Jack. Let's eat Jack!
And it is just a fun example. But in reality, a lot of things can be interpreted so differently that it may ruin your work or life due to misinterpretation. It may happen in scientific texts, legal documents or anywhere where the correct order of the right words is essential. This is what chatGPT is not good at.
I am working closely with semantic search to use books and other trusted sources as references for chatGPT answers, and to my taste, it worsens things. It reduces my suspicion about answers, and when there is no information provided by semantic search engine text, it throws complete nonsense sentences based on LLM algorithms, so it is hard to spot the issue. People fail to spot the "As an AI model..." thing in their work, what you can do with a comma in the wrong place, which changes the sentence's meaning.
And there is no way to improve. The nature of chatGPT is based on neural networks. You can infinitely boost your datasets, but you can never fully trust it. And without trust, you cant build a reliable workflow to do your job better.
Let's go through common application areas, and I will show you why I can't find a real use case for chatGPT:
First-line support. This is what comes to my mind first as I think about chatbots. And it annoys me because I hate first-line bots. If I am calling/writing to the support, it is 100% the case where I need a human to resolve an issue. This is just not a necessary feature. Maybe you want to give it more power to replace humans but look at Chapter 1.
Report generation. When you have to create a report, and you use chatGPT, you leave an unnecessary carbon footprint. ChatGPT has no clue about situation. All information is IN YOUR PROMPT. Just write it down. Nobody wants to read your graphomania. Especially AI-generated ones.
Text writing. ChatGPT does not introduce anything new to this world. It is just a patchwork of many texts used in the dataset. You will not earn sufficient money with that. You will not create a masterpiece. What you will do just increase your carbon footprint and waste others' time.
Chatbots. Here is a clear no, because chatGPT is very restricted and BOOOOORIIING. Please don't introduce it into games. It will not be a selling point. The opposite could be.
Programming. Also, see too few benefits. Simple code is easier to copy from stack overflow, documentation or write yourself. People who did their projects with chatGPT could do them without chatGPT as fast as with it. The more complex queries create more complex errors in the output. Sometimes it becomes easier to rewrite code myself than debug. There is no noticeable benefit in time. Nobody is paying per line of code. Thinking takes significantly more time than writing.
Speeches, congratulations etc. I am not a very talkative person. So I struggle with speeches and messages. Nevertheless, after using chatGPT, I decided to go with the standard "HB!" message instead of "Happy Birthday! Today is a day to celebrate you and all the amazing things you bring to this world. You are a true gift to those around you, and I feel so lucky to know you. May this year bring you all the joy, love, and happiness you deserve. May your dreams come true and may you continue to inspire and uplift those around you. Cheers to another year of life and all the adventures it brings! Enjoy your special day to the fullest, my dear friend". It feels so fake, and none of your friends or relatives deserves such a bad attitude.
The only thing chatGPT can do is generate tons of text which nobody will read. It is super unreliable to do the actual tasks like coding or websearch. And it is impossible to improve it without changing the entire concept of LLM.
See you in the comments :) Lets discuss it
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2023.05.29 21:45 SignificantAd2222 Cmv: the original mongols were exemplary and the “best” of the mongols culture
So I hold the opinion that the mongol empire under their first khan was exemplerary in multiple ways. This is inspired by the post below. I agree. But want to add my own spin.
My liking was influenced by a book which led the teen me to read more about mongol history. The author Conn Iggulden wrote the conqueror series. He takes liberties with the facts, but you can always go and read them yourself. What struck the teen me was the mentality in the book.
“Tsubodai smiled at the thought. Some of the men fought for new land, for exotic women, even for gold. From his private conversations with the khan, Tsubodai knew he and Genghis cared for none of those things. The sky father gave a man his life and nothing else. The khan’s people were alone on the plains and it was a savage loneliness. Yet they could ride and conquer, take cities and empires one by one. Perhaps in time those who followed them would be as weak and soft as the city-dwellers they faced, but that did not matter to Tsubodai. He was not responsible for the choices of his sons and grandsons, only for the way he lived his own life. As he knelt on hard grey stone and watched the clouds of dust come closer below, he thought again that he had only one rule, which guided everything he did. ‘Fight for every breath and step,’ he muttered aloud, the words a talisman to him. It was possible that the shah’s great army could not be stopped, that it would roll over the tumans of Genghis, right to the plains of home. Only the sky father knew “Like the khan, Tsubodai would still seek out anyone who might ever be a threat and hit them first and harder than they would believe. With that, when he came to the end of his life, he would be able to look back with pride and not shame”
Over the course of the series we see a change in the characters development. The original mongols under Genghis were goat-herders. They were rough and gritty and street-smart. But I also noted they had respectful ness and hospitality ingrained in their characters when not fighting. They were religious(shamanism)This disappears as new generations arise, born into wealth. They disdain the old traditions. The books made a point of their greed for gold, women and power. In real life it was complex, but each mongol empire fell to other armies. The weak newer generations were no longer nomadic. Mongol warrior quality was not the same. Their enemies relearned tactics to deal with them. The Kazakh khanate. Remnant of the Golden Horde, They lasted the longest because they remained nomadic.
Next the battles themselves. I haven’t read this book in a decade + and just downloaded it.
“In the distance, Tsubodai heard scout horns moaning across the land. He looked up and saw the tumans of Genghis riding in. The khan had entered the field at last and Tsubodai wiped his eyes of sweat, filled with a terrible pleasure”.
“Genghis snapped an order to a bannerman and heard the fluttering as a gold flag went up. All along the line, thousands of bows creaked. The shah’s army tried to brace for the impact, though their officers urged them on. No one wanted to face these grim warriors again, but there was nowhere to go. They screamed defiance as the gold flag dipped and the air blackened.”
Ask yourself. Why do gangs exist? Teams? Why is their such an emphasis on team work? This. ☝️.
Go to the men’s forums. Read the posts on lonely men. They don’t have a group. Men need a group. Some say the squad, my boys, friends, my basketball team, football team, cohort, platoon, homies, chess team, whatever. Men need to belong to something. They love competition. Whether it’s killing together in old times or winning intellectually today or even physically, doesn’t matter.
Next equality across the empire. Though yes their was cheating the mongols worked on meritocratic system. It wasn’t all nobles commanding. A poor man could become rich here. Command Tumans. There was no racism. There was a line somewhere in the book something like. The mongols didn’t care how those who served them cooked, spoke, looked, or worshiped. They only cared that they were obeyed. Slavery here was a thing… but it wasn’t skin based. Nobles and peasants became slaves…. It was the losers…equality.
This is getting too long but add in the hood of technology spread and pax mongolica mitigated by things like black plague.
So in the end I say that the original mongols were exemplary in many ways. Yes the quotes I provided were fiction. But they loosely match the real history. Now arguments against will argue the more find points of history and philosophy I’m sure. Awesome. I wrap one that. Not interested in attacking statements and I just want to kill people. If that’s all you got from this you didn’t read to listen. I don’t want your opinion.
I am genuinely open to having my mind changed by good in faith arguments
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2023.05.29 21:23 cubs1917 So Glass Onion and Knives Out are direct lifts of 'And Then There Were None' and 'Crooked House' by Agatha Christie?
I just finished 'and then there were none' and have recently started 'crooked house'.... And immediately I was struck by how similar the set ups are. And worse...the more I read (and reflected) the less I see "inspired by" and "interpolations" and the more I see a cover songs.
And that is to say the heart of these movies' charm has more to do w Agatha Christie and less to do w Rian Johnson.
And then I read a few articles on it thinking I'd find more info on his inspiration...instead o find quotes like:
"Having grown up devouring Christie novels, Johnson’s chief objective with both “Knives Out” and “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” was reproducing the joy he felt watching older adaptations of her mysteries with his whole family..."
More like reproduction in the sense of cloning.
These movies aren't inspired by, they are the dang same story with new dressing.
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2023.05.29 21:15 Abraham_Neville Stop looking for reasons to condemn yourself 💙
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2023.05.29 20:55 autotldr Former Navalny team coordinator leaves Russian prison after serving a 27-month prison term for sharing a music video by the German rock band Rammstein online
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Kosovar police last week escorted newly inaugurated mayors into those buildings despite objections from locals and warnings from Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, whose country doesn't recognize Kosovo and who has put Serbia's military on high alert. Summary Source FAQ Feedback Top keywords: Kosovo#1 mayors#2 Kosovar#3 KFOR#4 Serb#5
Even though they pushed for the elections to be held, U.S. and EU envoys have condemned Kosovo's decision to forcibly install the mayors in northern Kosovo to try to calm the situation to avoid further turbulence in Europe at a time when Russia is waging war against Ukraine.
Earlier, Hovenier met with two of the installed mayors - Izmir Zeqiri of Zubin Potok and Ilir Peci of Zvecan, both from the opposition Democratic Party of Kosovo - at the EU offices in the Kosovar capital before going to the building of the Kosovar Assembly, the national parliament.
The special elections were sparked by mass resignations by Kosovar Serb mayors, police, and judges in November as a cross-border dispute raged over vehicle registrations between Kosovo and Serbia.
The embassies in Pristina of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union on May 28 - the so-called QUINT governments - reiterated an earlier statement "Condemning Kosovo's decision to force access into municipal buildings in the north of Kosovo despite our repeated calls for restraint."
"This inspired Vucic, Dacic, and Serbian List even more to continue their opposition, to remove the mayors and the presence of Kosovo Police at all costs," former Kosovar lawmaker Nuredinn Ibishi said.
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2023.05.29 20:46 Abraham_Neville Regenerate bone 🧡
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2023.05.29 18:40 Higgnkfe Survivor 44 Finale Winner Pick Statistics
Here are the latest winner pick statistics. This is a "midseason" update. The next update will be after the finale. To avoid any potential spoilers (or even the impression that something could be a spoiler), numbers for a particular castaway will be published only after they are voted out.
Episode 11 Danny was ranked 8/18 in Winner Picks.
He had 72 of 1,380 total picks (5.22%).
Of the people who picked Danny as their winner pick:
- Median calculated guess for "how many people picked the same person as you": 84 (rounded)
- Calculated guess percentage: 6.09%
- Rank of estimated guesses: 9
- +/- to real rank: +1
Post Episode 11 597 Winner Picks (43.26%) still standing.
Why Did People Think Danny would win? Users were given to a chance to explain their winner picks. We have compiled some of those quotes below:
- "In his bio he talks about being a kind and compassionate person instead of focusing on hardcore strategy and that gives me good vibes, he seems like someone who won't present themselves as a strategic threat and because of that he'll stick around long enough to win FTC with his social skills same as Gabler did last season."
- "Danny seems really down to Earth and a people person. He is also very aware of how people perceive him which is really important in all aspects of the game. A physical asset for his tribe, I think he will make strong early bonds and be likeable enough to end up as the Sole Survivor."
- "Based on his preseason profile, Danny will be a strong physical player who nevertheless understands the importance of being kind and developing positive relationships. He cites Jeremy as an inspiration for his gameplay, which I think is a wise choice."
- "Tom Westman 2.0 (is what I'm telling myself anyways)"
- "Cause his name has double letters"
Episode 12 Jaime was ranked 18/18 in Winner Picks.
She had 17 of 1,380 total picks (1.23%).
Of the people who picked Jaime as their winner pick:
- Median calculated guess for "how many people picked the same person as you": 54 (rounded)
- Calculated guess percentage: 3.91%
- Rank of estimated guesses: 18
- +/- to real rank: 0
Post Episode 12 580 Winner Picks (42.03%) still standing.
Why Did People Think Jaime would win? Users were given to a chance to explain their winner picks. We have compiled some of those quotes below:
- "Jaime-Lynn just has… it! She’s definitely sweet; but fun. Sassy, yet smart and she is absolutely someone who would be willing to backstab. She just feels like the perfect survivor winner."
- "I thought Jamie seems level-headed and adaptable. I think she will be starting well in her tribe and will surprise people at the merge "
- "Jamie has the same name as my mom so she has to win just because lol plus my mom is rooting for her cuz of the same name lol"
- "She just seems… fun. She has a head on her shoulders but not in a way that seems threatening!"
- "the vibes are just simply immaculate with this chick"
Lauren was ranked 12/18 in Winner Picks. She had 52 of 1,380 total picks (3.77%).
Of the people who picked Lauren as their winner pick:
- Median calculated guess for "how many people picked the same person as you": 91 (rounded)
- Calculated guess percentage: 6.59%
- Rank of estimated guesses: 7
- +/- to real rank: -5
Why Did People Think Lauren would win? Users were given to a chance to explain their winner picks. We have compiled some of those quotes below:
- "Lauren seems very social and approachable as a person, especially with the social game becoming more important and impactful in seasons 41-43 with the smaller tribe format. I can see her getting into that early majority and making good run at the merge - I think she’ll be a very logical, social and smart player."
- "The logo has a woman with an afro. Season 43 had a person that looked like Gabler on the logo, so I’m hoping that carries over!"
- "I want someone who plays an aggressive game to win, we’ve had too many “subtle” winners. I definitely think a Ratu’s winning this season."
- "Lauren is adept at handling drama being someone recently divorced. I think people will severely underestimate her and I believe she knows how to act appropriately around certain people, given she is an elementary school teacher. I also think she'll give a killer FTC performance."
- "In a praying, I heard a certain Macedonian Jesus wisper her name"
Carson was ranked 11/18 in Winner Picks. He had 53 of 1,380 total picks (3.84%).
Of the people who picked Carson as their winner pick:
- Median calculated guess for "how many people picked the same person as you": 116 (rounded)
- Calculated guess percentage: 8.41%
- Rank of estimated guesses: 2
- +/- to real rank: -9
Why Did People Think Carson would win? Users were given to a chance to explain their winner picks. We have compiled some of those quotes below:
- "In preseason interviews, Carson has mentioned studying the game loads of times. With his young age and acquired knowledge to play the game decently, especially involving ideas focused on reducing perception of threat level, the cast will likely downplay his abilities, allowing him to go far and take the money."
- "He appears to be extremely intelligent, which will definitely serve him well. Even though he’s young, I think he has a good grasp of what the game entails and will be able to integrate himself well on his tribe.
- "back to back seasons often share similarities and Carson is the most similar to Jesse from season 43 who probably played the "best" game overall.
- "Carson seems like the ideal mix of intelligence, athleticism and cunning, while still managing to seem non-threatening due to his age and cheerful, childlike personality. I think he'll easy make the merge, and from that point on the biggest battle will be managing his threat level."
- "Big sophomore-by-credit-hours energy"
Carolyn was ranked 2/18 in Winner Picks. She had 100 of 1,380 total picks (7.25%).
Of the people who picked Carolyn as their winner pick:
- Median calculated guess for "how many people picked the same person as you": 103 (rounded)
- Calculated guess percentage: 7.46%
- Rank of estimated guesses: 4
- +/- to real rank: +2
Why Did People Think Carolyn would win? Users were given to a chance to explain their winner picks. We have compiled some of those quotes below:
- "Mother! Carolyn may seem like an eclectic and "out there" pick but just look at our last two winners. Maryanne and Gabler proved that wacky and fun characters can win this game and I believe that the trend will continue with Queen Carolyn."
- "I've watched her play ORGs before and she was a fun player in those and usually would place well. Her personality is chaotic but she is a smart and caring player and I think that would help her win."
- "Picking someone like Carolyn 3 seasons ago would be an insane choice for most people but I think with the past few winners we're seeing now that archetypes that were previously only casted to be zany characters are now able to make strategic moves and win the game. I think Carolyn is someone who can play similar games to a Maryanne and Gabler by using her quirky persona while making strategic moves with players who might underestimate her at the start."
- "I played Survivor with her in an ORG! She was the first boot both times, but she has gone on to win other online orgs! She is an absolute Queen/Icon and even though she is out there, she has an incredible social game, and she's going to be very smart and in-tune with the people around her. I have 0 doubt that she's going to be iconic this season, and I'm delighted that she can represent people who play survivor online because they love the game that much."
- "She's weird. I like that."
Heidi was ranked 15/18 in Winner Picks. She had 38 of 1,380 total picks (2.75%).
Of the people who picked Danny as their winner pick:
- Median calculated guess for "how many people picked the same person as you": 72 (rounded)
- Calculated guess percentage: 5.22%
- Rank of estimated guesses: 15
- +/- to real rank: 0
Why Did People Think Heidi would win? Users were given to a chance to explain their winner picks. We have compiled some of those quotes below:
- "Heidi seems very personable and friendly, and does not stand out as a strategic threat. This has been a pattern for winners in the "new era" and I hope she can survive the early merge and slip under the radar through the jury phase."
- "We're due for another Puetro Rican winner, and Heidi will be more lowkey of the 2 options. She seems like a more nuturing version of Sandra who has the challenge ability to elevate her game to the next level."
- "I have maintained since the start of 41 that the new 26-day format benefits those who slow play it the best. I still feel that the mom archetype has a good chance to win if they get to the end, as they have not won in a long time. I picked Heather, Marya, and Lindsay the last 3 seasons, I’m sticking to my guns and picking Heidi."
- "I chose Heidi because she wants to play like Angelina. How can she lose ?"
- "I always get it wrong when I use careful reasoning so this time I picked a name that I like."
Yam Yam was ranked 1/18 in Winner Picks. He had 337 of 1,380 total picks (24.42%).
Of the people who picked Yam Yam as their winner pick:
- Median calculated guess for "how many people picked the same person as you": 155 (rounded)
- Calculated guess percentage: 11.23%
- Rank of estimated guesses: 1
- +/- to real rank: 0
Why Did People Think Yam Yam would win? Users were given to a chance to explain their winner picks. We have compiled some of those quotes below:
- "I literally love talking to barbers/hair stylists because they have so much gossip. I feel like they are actually selective with the information they share, but by the end you are usually able to make a good friend. So, this led me to debating between Yam Yam and Matthew because this is a skill I feel like we rarely see on Survivor, and in the new era I think a lot of people are going to find these social war-horses as big threats. Yam Yam stands out as someone that can just make people laugh and seem like he's not playing the game. However, I feel like he's hiding a coniving, sneaky side that people may see in someone like Tony that gets him to a good position, and then suddenly you're looking at no way of stopping the Yam Yam battering ram."
- "he owns a salon. we all know that many people like their hair laid to perfection, and i can only assume this is how Yam Yam will play survivor. there is no room for error when you are a hairdresser, and Yam Yam will apply his styling skills to survivor and slay the jury with his fashionable yet strategic endeavors."
- "They are or used to be a drag queen if I’m not mistaken. And everyone knows that drag queens are cutthroat af, so Yam Yam ftw."
- "Yam Yam seems so unassuming and funny that he’ll lower the guards of the other castaways while making good social connections. I think he can sneak his way to the end by not appearing as a strategic or physical threat on the surface and then his social game will get him the votes."
- "Top-tier meme pick. Naseer wills it."
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2023.05.29 18:03 L2164940 Commonplacing in my Hobonichi Weeks
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I've filled 4 journals cover to cover, but have gotten tired of always carrying 2 notebooks in my purse—my planner and commonplace book. For 2023 I've decided to combine the two, doing my planning in the weekly segments and my commonplacing in the notes pages of my Mega.
It might not be the prettiest, but I love looking at my notes.
2023.05.29 18:00 herbal-genocide [Discussion] - Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin: Our Infinite Days, Ch 3 to the end
Our Infinite Days, 3
Sadie was supposed to oversee an expansion pack for Master of the Revels
, but she felt unable to return to the office due to both grief/fear and pregnancy symptoms. She also was unreliably responsive via phone. Sam had been sympathetic and supportive at first, but after a while, he went to Sadie's house to try to rouse her. He told her she wasn't the first to experience grief or pregnancy. She cried, and instead of comforting her, he told her to snap out of it and get the work done. She asked him never to return to her house, and she finished the game. Our Infinite Days, 4
Sadie's baby, Naomi, was born, and Sam didn't know if he should visit or not. Marx's voice in his head advised him to. He didn't, but he still checked on Sadie from a distance. Our Infinite Days, 5
Sam threw a party for the company to celebrate the completion of the senior year Counterpart High
, and the party planner he hired had decided it should be graduation themed. During the party, Simon told Sam that Marx had seen something in their game proposal because he had asked them to tell him how they saw it. Sam and Ant both went to Sadie's office to take a break, and they found Our Infinite Days
concept art on her desk. They decided it was worth working on. The DJ made everyone go up to the rooftop and throw their caps, and Ant and Sam reflected that they both missed their senior years of college because of their debut games. After the party, Sam asked Sadie if she wanted to take a look at Our Infinite Days
, but she said she couldn't.
Sam met with the Our Infinite Days
creators, the Worths, and asked them to tell him how they saw it. Our Infinite Days, 6
Charlotte Worth showed Sam an Easter egg (a hidden reference of inside joke in a game) in Sadie's expansion pack. Sadie had included Marx as Macbeth doing the "Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow" soliloquy as a nod to his idea to call Unfair Games "Tomorrow Games" because of his love for this speech. Charlotte worried it had been inappropriate to show him, but Sam was actually glad to see Sadie was still making meaningful games. He played Oregon Trail
and talked to her in his head about making an MMORPG inspired by it. Pioneers
Emily B. Marks arrived in a town called Friendship. The editor of the newspaper tried to pressure Emily into a more traditional lifestyle, but she silenced him and moved on.
Friendship had a gift culture, but Emily pretty much only had rocks to give. Finally, she grew a carrot. She wrote a poem about the carrot and left it at her neighbor Alabaster Brown's house. Alabaster came over and shared her disinterest in marriage and invited her to smoke and drink to pass their "infinite days."
Emily opened a bookstore, but it was unsuccessful because the people of friendship didn't read. She added cards and games at the urging of Alabaster, but she still struggled to make a living. She told Alabaster that she had a pain entirely in her head, so they recommended she go to the optometrist, Dr. Daedalus
Dr. Daedalus also crafted glass objects. Emily found a figurine of her horse, Pixel. Emily paid for the glasses with a board game, Go, she crafted by hand at Dr. Daedalus's request. Dr. Daedalus crafted a glass heart to be a prize for the most charitable person in Friendship.
Dr. Daedalus advertised a game night of Go, and Emily was the only one to show up. Emily lost all three times.
Daedalus and Emily continued to play Go together. Emily was beyond 9 months pregnant. Emily said she lost her partner and her grandpa. Daedalus proposed to Emily, who was unsure because she barely knew Daedalus. Alabaster suggested Emily may be unable to have her child unless she were married. Daedalus built a portal from Emily's house to her store. Emily and Daedalus finally got married when Emily was 2 years pregnant, and Emily's son, LQ, was finally born.
Emily and Daedalus continued to live in separate houses, now with a portal between them. LQ grew quickly and wanted to swim to the edge of the ocean. Emily was bored with her life.
Daedalus went missing after she tried to go to a school to perform eye exams. Emily tracked her down, but she had a hand injury which required amputation. Emily suggested they make board games together since Daedalus couldn't go back to optometry. Daedalus and LQ surprised Emily with a custom board game for Christmas, and Emily discovered that Ludo Quintus
was Latin for "fifth game."
Via chat, Sadie confronted Sam for being Daedalus. She felt he deceived her. He found her using her IP address.
Emily rode to Alabaster's house, only to discover that Alabaster was also being controlled by Sam.
LQ swam to the edge of the ocean and feared he couldn't make it back. Emily told him he couldn't die because he wasn't real.
Emily took Pixel to a shop labeled Breaker of Horses which she had passed on her way to trying to find Daedalus. It was Marx as an NPC. He quoted a relevant passage from The Iliad
. Sadie chose to have Emily die, and Emily left her belongings to Alabaster and Daedalus, admitting she felt restored by her time in Friendship. Freights and Grooves, 1
Dov met Sadie for lunch and said she must have known it was Sam all along. He encouraged her to grow up and move past her issues with Sam for good. He announced he was getting divorced again and going back to Israel, so he offered to recommend her for his teaching position at MIT. Freights and Grooves, 2
Sadie did indeed take over the class. She showed the students her old game from the same class, Solution
. One student asked her how she improved so rapidly between Solution
. Sadie knew it was largely motivated by her insecurities about her validity as a female game designer and her (at the time) fresh breakup with Dov, but she wanted to ask Sam what he thought because he tended to view things more optimistically. She had come to realize that she had never thanked Sam for keeping Unfair Games afloat after Marx's death and that he had made Pioneers
as a coping tool for both of them. She sent him a Magic Eye
book in an attempt to reconnect.
Ant visited Sadie and told her that Sam's grandpa had died very recently and that Sam was shutting down Pioneers
and stepping down as mayor of Mapletown. Sadie realized her memories of Marx were slipping away. She tried not to see Marx in Naomi, and in fact, she saw Sam more than Marx because both Naomi and Sam were part Asian and part Eastern European Jewish. She called Sam to express regret at Dong Hyun's death. Freights and Grooves, 3
Dong Hyun's death was long and drawn-out. Sam debated whether the opportunity to spend time with family was worth the suffering. Dong Hyun said Sam was lucky to have Marx and Sadie, and he encouraged him to reach out to Sadie.
at the memorial to deal with the long stream of people offering condolences. He saw Sadie, and she waved and left.
Dong Hyun left Sadie the Donkey Kong
machine, which forced Sam to call her. They caught up, and Sam asked for advice on dealing with sadness. Sadie made Sam view the Magic Eye book until he could see the images. Sam said he wanted to make a new game with Sadie, but she said she wasn't sure she was a designer anymore. Naomi declined to talk to Sam because she didn't know him.
When the Donkey Kong
cabinet shipped, it lost its memory of the scores, but Sam's high score was burned into the monitor. Freights and Grooves, 4
A French company reached out about making a third Ichigo, and they had even drafted a demo of a level for their proposed concept. They got lunch and caught up, and Sadie showed Sam a picture of Naomi. They played the demo in Sam's hotel room and reflected on feeling older and being limited creatively by their experiences. Sam asked why they never got together, and Sadie said it was because collaboration is more rare than sex. They went for a walk and discussed the suicide that Sam witnessed with his mom in New York. Sadie wondered why Sam never told her and reflected that her students were much more open about their suffering than they had been. She said they had the ideal timing for their debut in the game world. Sam theorized that Sadie allowed herself to recognize him in Pioneers
at the time she did because it would make a good end to the game after Sadie thanked him for it. She realized she had been wrong about a lot of things and therefore wasn't entitled to call herself "old."
As Sadie boarded her plane, they exchanged "I love you"s and she handed him the game she had been working on, called Ludo Sextus
, and asked him to give her his ideas.
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2023.05.29 16:23 Trillionairejesus666 More documentaries should have a companion of miscellania like this - All Light, Everywhere (2021)
An interactive companion of articles, quotes, links, and archival materials that inspired the 2021 documentary All Light, Everywhere.
Overwhelming. An exploration of the shared histories of cameras, weapons, policing and justice. As surveillance technologies become a fixture in everyday life, the film interrogates the complexity of an objective point of view, probing the biases inherent in both human perception and the lens.
Imagine something along these lines for an Adam Curtis doco.
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2023.05.29 14:19 MintyPunch Each sign is a Metal subgenre
- Aries: Thrash Metal - Aries, known for their energetic and assertive nature, may resonate with the fast-paced and aggressive sound of thrash metal.
- Taurus: Doom Metal - Taurus, often associated with a grounded and introspective nature, may connect with the slow and heavy sound of doom metal, which delves into themes of melancholy and introspection.
- Gemini: Progressive Metal - Gemini's dual nature may find resonance in the complex and diverse sound of progressive metal, which combines intricate compositions and diverse musical elements.
- Cancer: Symphonic Metal - Cancer's emotional depth and sensitivity may align with the symphonic and atmospheric qualities of this subgenre, which often incorporates orchestral elements and evocative melodies.
- Leo: Power Metal - Leo, with their confident and majestic personality, may find a connection with the grandiose and epic sound of power metal, which often features soaring vocals and uplifting anthems.
- Virgo: Technical Death Metal - Virgo's analytical and detail-oriented nature may appreciate the technicality and precision displayed in the intricate guitar work and complex compositions of technical death metal.
- Libra: Progressive Metalcore - Libra's pursuit of balance and harmony may find resonance in the blend of aggressive and melodic elements in progressive metalcore, which often incorporates complex song structures and emotional themes.
- Scorpio: Black Metal - Scorpio's intensity and penchant for exploring the darker aspects of life may align with the raw and extreme sound of black metal, which often delves into themes of darkness, rebellion, and the occult.
- Sagittarius: Folk Metal - Sagittarius' adventurous and free-spirited nature may resonate with the folk-inspired melodies and lyrical themes of nature, mythology, and epic tales found in folk metal.
- Capricorn: Traditional Heavy Metal - Capricorn's disciplined and traditional values may connect with the classic and timeless sound of traditional heavy metal, which lays the foundation for the metal genre.
- Aquarius: Avant-Garde Metal - Aquarius' individuality and unconventional thinking may find resonance in the experimental and boundary-pushing nature of avant-garde metal, which incorporates diverse musical elements and unconventional structures.
- Pisces: Atmospheric Black Metal - Pisces' dreamy and introspective nature may align with the atmospheric and ethereal qualities of atmospheric black metal, which creates immersive and evocative soundscapes.
While the Sun sign holds importance in astrology, it is just one piece of the complex puzzle which is a birth chart. Different subjects and areas of life can be influenced by various planetary positions and aspects within the chart.
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2023.05.29 14:14 Wallcorners_wall_art Transform Your Living Room With 6 Beautiful Wall Decor Ideas for Blank Spaces
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The Tufted Sunset Living Room Wall Hanging is a serene tapestry that brings nature’s beauty into your living space. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, this wall hanging depicts a breathtaking sunset scene in tufted form.
Litha Canvas Wall Decor for Living Room:
The Litha Canvas Wall Decor for the living room captures the essence of natural beauty and brings it to life within your space. With vibrant colors and intricate details, this canvas art celebrates the enchantment of the natural world. From lush forests to blooming flowers and serene landscapes, each piece evokes a sense of wonder and tranquility. Hang the Litha Canvas Wall Decor as a focal point, allowing its artistic brilliance to transform your living room into a sanctuary that reconnects you with the awe-inspiring power of nature.
2023.05.29 13:45 archizycom Transform Your Bedroom with Archizy: Wall Stickers and Painting Designs
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2023.05.29 13:36 Bearcarnikki Looks like Gpa Joe finally sold the fizzy lifting drink formula he stole from Wonka that day.