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Re: Interesting Non-Game Stuff
« Reply #200 on: October 01, 2009, 08:37:35 PM »
Its raining rocks! A dwarf's wet dream.

excerpt:  "The exoplanet's atmosphere condenses out minerals such as enstatite, corundum, spinel, and wollastonite."

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Re: Interesting Non-Game Stuff
« Reply #201 on: October 03, 2009, 08:38:45 AM »
Now that's a cool planet we didn't think of yet!

Its rotation is bound to its sun, and they do mention the side permanently facing it. Too bad they left out the other, probably quite a bit colder side, and what kind of weather must rage there due to the differentials.

Good find there!
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« Reply #202 on: October 04, 2009, 04:56:37 PM »
Atlas Obscura

Courtesy of the RPG Tips, an amazing side of real obscure locations. The inspiration potential is immense!
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« Reply #203 on: October 05, 2009, 06:26:30 PM »
Indeed it is Manfred! Nice find!
   
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Re: Interesting Non-Game Stuff
« Reply #204 on: November 11, 2009, 09:18:36 AM »
The Devil's Bible - Codex Gigas

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Rogue monks, mysterious pictures and pages, and ritual side by side biblical text.

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Filled with satanic images and demonic spells, the cursed text, according to legend, sprang from a doomed monk’s pact with the devil. What else do we know about this mysterious Devil's Bible?
The Devil’s Bible is so huge that it requires at least two people to carry it.

Once considered the eighth wonder of the world, the Codex Gigas stretches three feet long and weighs a hundred and sixty-five pounds.

It is the only book that places the Old and New Testaments alongside violent, holy incantations.

The Codex Gigas contains one full page – right opposite the devil portrait – of a towering Heavenly City. Although no people can be seen in the Heavenly City, it is a symbol of hope and salvation, a contrast to the portrait of the devil on the opposing page.

The Codex Gigas includes mystical medical formulas for anything from treating ailments such as fevers and epilepsy to resolving practical problems such as finding a thief.

The book's transfer to Prague in 2008 took a year of planning. It was insured for $15.1 million during the transfer.

The Devil’s Bible has 600 pages, which is 310 parchment leaves, all made from donkey skins.

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Re: Interesting Non-Game Stuff
« Reply #205 on: November 16, 2009, 10:27:47 AM »
Now this is cool. Don't have an immediate RP tie in - but wow.

http://www.skytopia.com/project/fractal/mandelbulb.html#renders

   
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« Reply #206 on: November 16, 2009, 04:05:23 PM »
Some amazing pictures! Gets you from science fiction to nightmare landscapes so easily... great find!
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Re: Interesting Non-Game Stuff
« Reply #208 on: December 12, 2009, 08:00:56 PM »
Came across a really interesting short story: here about a virus that makes people behave altruistically. "The Giving Plague".
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« Reply #209 on: December 14, 2009, 11:51:22 AM »
Came across a really interesting short story: here about a virus that makes people behave altruistically. "The Giving Plague".


I've been looking for this one for so long! Excellent science fiction, couples the science with the all-too-human people. Thanks!
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« Reply #210 on: December 16, 2009, 11:29:16 PM »
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« Reply #212 on: January 04, 2010, 10:50:15 PM »
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« Reply #214 on: January 25, 2010, 05:31:15 PM »
In the realm of WTFEarth, there's also an ever watchful eye in the middle of Mauritania.  Go to google maps, and enter in "Ouadane Mauritania" and switch to satellite view.  Can't remember what it's called, but it is an actual geographic feature that geologists have been studying for a while.
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Re: Interesting Non-Game Stuff
« Reply #215 on: February 09, 2010, 10:29:20 PM »
FIFA 2010 World Cup questions

These questions about South Africa were posted on a South African Tourism Website by foreigners around the world and were answered by the website owner (great sense of humour!).

Q: Does it ever get windy in  South Africa ? I have never seen it rain on TV, so how do the plants grow? (  UK )
A: We import all plants fully grown and then just sit around watching them die.

Q: Will I be able to see elephants in the street? (  USA )
A: Depends how much youve been drinking.


Q: I want to walk from  Durban to  Cape Town - can I follow the railroad tracks? (  Sweden )
A: Sure, its only two thousand kilometres take lots of water...


Q: Is it safe to run around in the bushes in  South Africa ? (  Sweden )
A: So its true what they say about Swedes....


Q: Are there any ATMs (cash machines) in  South Africa ? Can you send me a list of them in JHB,  Cape Town , Knysna and  Jeffreys  Bay ? (  UK )
A: What did your last slave die of?

Q: Can you give me some information about Koala Bear racing in  South Africa ? (  USA )
A: Aus-tra-lia is that big island in the middle of the pacific. A-fri-ca is the big triangle shaped continent south of  Europe which does not...oh forget it. Sure, the Koala Bear racing is every Tuesday night in Hillbrow. Come naked.


Q: Which direction is north in  South Africa ? (  USA )
A: Face south and then turn 90 degrees. Contact us when you get here and well send the rest of the directions.

Q: Can I bring cutlery into  South Africa ? (  UK )
A: Why? Just use your fingers like we do.


Q: Can you send me the  Vienna Boys Choir schedule? (  USA )
A: Aus-tri-a is that quaint little country bordering Ger-man-y, which is...oh forget it. Sure, the Vienna Boys Choir plays every Tuesday night in Hillbrow, come naked.


Q: Do you have perfume in  South Africa ? (  France )
A: No, WE don t stink.


Q: I have developed a new product that is the fountain of youth. Can you tell me where I can sell it in  South Africa ? (  USA )
A: Anywhere where a significant number of Americans gather


Q: Can you tell me the regions in  South Africa where the female population is smaller than the male population? (  Italy )
A: Yes, gay nightclubs.


Q: Do you celebrate Christmas in  South Africa ? (  France )
A: Only at Christmas.


Q: Are there killer bees in  South Africa ? (  Germany )
A: Not yet, but for you, well import them.


Q: Are there supermarkets in  Cape Town and is milk available all year round?
A: No, we are a peaceful civilisation of vegan hunter-gatherers. Milk is illegal.


Q: Please send a list of all doctors in  South Africa who can di spense rattlesnake serum. (  USA )

A: Rattlesnakes live in A-meri-ca, which is where YOU come from. All South African snakes are perfectly harmless, can be safely handled and make good pets.


Q: I was in South Africa in 1969, and I want to contact the girl I dated while I was staying in Hillbrow. Can you help? (  USA )
A: Yes, but you will probably still have to pay her by the hour.

Q: Will I be able to speek English most places I go? (  USA )
A: Yes, but youll have to learn it first.

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« Reply #216 on: February 10, 2010, 01:49:17 AM »
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Re: Interesting Non-Game Stuff
« Reply #217 on: February 16, 2010, 04:14:43 PM »
Inspiration for your spelunking campaign

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« Reply #218 on: February 21, 2010, 02:14:22 PM »
Very pretty.

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« Reply #219 on: February 21, 2010, 02:26:53 PM »
awesomeness!
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« Reply #220 on: February 21, 2010, 06:09:56 PM »
Holy sweet mother of all that is unholy thats awesome! :P

I think we have a good source of inspiration for the new quest...
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« Reply #223 on: March 16, 2010, 11:27:47 AM »
   
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« Reply #224 on: March 18, 2010, 05:00:59 AM »
Oh nooooooooes! :D

Perhaps, provided we survive that long, this is our golden opportunity to visit other solar systems? If we travel at 10% light speed, it will only take 16 years to travel 0.5 parsec.

Hmmm... If the star plough through the Oort cloud... What about it's planets? Will this be a cosmic game of marbles hitting each other? Whoooo!
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