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Forum: It's over. Fig Hunter is officially dead
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david s 25 United States MelancholicCholeric ISFJ 621 1193C
I would rather stay here. I feel that Alora Fane has turned into something totally unrelated to the Fig Hunter I used to be a part of, and I have no interest in what it is or what it will become. I don't even check it for blog updates, and I won't be finishing the MARDEK series, it seems, unless those people who made the STEELE game do actually remake the new chapters of MARDEK in the old style.

I MISS DELIVERANCE! Also pre-chapter-3 MARDEK.

I also miss a lot of my friends who I will likely never see again.

So yeah, I'll stay here, for what it's worth. Of course, there's also always the Facebook group.
Forum: Other countries have racists too
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david s 25 United States MelancholicCholeric ISFJ 621 1193C
Well a good way to think of the U.S. in scale is that it's essentially as large and varied as Europe, except a lot more people speak English, and there are few other common languages.

States in the U.S. are like countries in Europe. There's some difference in laws as you cross a border, but generally you can do so freely.

Many southern states complain endlessly about immigration from Mexico, but PA is land-locked, and our closest neighboring country is Canada. No one in America complains about Canadian immigrants. We just think of Canadians as being very polite and quiet.(That being said, my brother claims that all the Canadians he knows are really rude. His one friend moved to the U.S. from Canada and he literally complains about the U.S. being covered in garbage as he THROWS HIS GARBAGE ON THE GROUND! WE HAVE TRASH CANS FOR THAT! )
Forum: Other countries have racists too
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david s 25 United States MelancholicCholeric ISFJ 621 1193C
Well I was glad to learn a little more about the German culture. I know everyone has very different cultures and customs, so it's interesting to see how racism varies like that.

Anyway, I'm from the states, no surprise.

I grew up in an area where the population was 92% white, and the largest racial minority(Not including Latino, since they consider that an ethnicity) were Asians, at about 2% of the population. African-Americans were slightly less common than Asians, and Native Americans were even less common than that.

Our main divisions weren't race, though. They were the Amish, the Mennonites, the Pennsylvania Dutch and the "English". "English" is the world used by the other three groups to define anyone that was not a part of their group. I kinda felt a little offended by that, since I have very little English ancestry. I'm far more German than English. Generally speaking, the Amish, Pennsylvania Dutch and the Mennonites were very similar in some ways. They're very faithful Christians, they generally avoid modern technology and they tend to avoid mainstream culture. They're almost all farmers or shop-keeps. However, there are plenty of differences.

As far as stereotypes, the Amish are thought of as being cold, strict and stalwart. They're very unfriendly and they hate the "English".

Mennonites are smart and skilled craftsmen, but they're very calculating and always looking for a profit. They don't have a concept of ethical treatment of animals, and often beat animals to death.(At least, that's the stereotype, though I have personally seen horses bleeding and foaming at the mouth from walking too far.)

The Pennsylvania Dutch are a conservative group, I think they're Lutheran. They were originally German immigrants, but the English(In this case, literally from England) referred to them as "Dutch" when they said "Deutsche". Originally they spoke German, but now the dialect is modified, and similar to Yiddish. They do have a lot of modern technology. Often tractors and cars, though perhaps not cell phones or computers. They're more likely to be involved in owning shops and repair businesses. They're also the rudest of the groups, and they're vocal in "English" politics. I'm part Pennsylvania Dutch.

All three of those groups are seen as being very out of touch with the times, and poorly educated. Likewise, they see us "English" as obnoxious.

Often times, however, people will leave those groups and join the "English". A lot of them go through a period called "Rumsringa" where they join the "English" society for a time, and then they can choose to go back to the Amish/PA Dutch community, or they can stay with the "English", but if they stay, they'll be disowned by their family.

Then there are times when you have someone who is from a Mennonite family, but they're allowed into English society. These people are often disliked by their family. I have a friend who's in my anime club who is from a family like that. She hasn't told them that she watches anime because if she does, they'll accuse her of being the devil. She's an officer in the anime club. She's a closet Otaku.

Now, we do have other races, too, of course. Latinos are very uncommon around here, but the common stereotypes for them are that they all work at wal-mart and they always sound like they're being sarcastic. If they don't sound sarcastic, they're just yelling in Spanish and you get really angry. They're very stubborn and they never think they're wrong, so they just insist they know everything better than you.

Italians are viewed in much the same way as Latinos, but people also thing they all eat spaghetti and pizza all day.

Germans are always thought of as being very dry, but efficient. However, they're also thought of as being kinda cute when they try to figure out English words and say something round-about.

The French people are simply thought of as being unjustly arrogant.

Asians are all thought to be good at math and to be really smart, but in this case it's really earned. Most Asians are actually going to my town's University to study engineering and such.

The African American people are stereotyped, in my region, as being SCARED S***LESS! There's really no "inner city crime" in my region, except for white people who are addicted to meth a few towns over and such. As a result, African American people aren't instantly viewed as drug dealers or anything like that, but we tend to have this idea that they're terrified that they'll be perceived that way, so they're always on their best behaviour. White people and African Americans still don't intermingle very much, most African Americans tend to be friends with each other. HOWEVER! African Americans are thought of as being really cool and stylish and down to earth, so to a white person, who is typically awkward and unsure if they're coming off as too racist, a white person considers it a great honour to be called an affectionate name by an African American.(For example if an African American called me "Bro", I'd be really happy.)

Oh, but the negative stereotypes for African Americans still exist, too. They can't swim. That's the biggest thing. Also, while we don't have high crimes around here, most white people from here do think that African Americans cause high crime in cities, so when they go to cities, they get really scared at the slightest hint of skin tone.

Finally I'll just give you the general stereotype for the big race: Whites. White people smell like raw chicken according to the African Americans, and everyone thinks we smell like wet dog if we're wet, Italian food(Garlic and tomatoes) if we're sweating and stale wheat bread any other time. We're thought of as careless and we're really obnoxious. We're also perceived as lording over everyone else and trying to act like we're the greatest, but we expect other people to like us. We're also all rich doctor's kids, apparently.(I didn't realize that, myself. I was pretty sure my parents weren't doctors.[For the record they are not. And we are not rich.]) That stereotype is also well grounded, though. There's a hospital in my home town, and many of the doctor's kids go to school in town, so many of the white people are very well-to-do.

As for discriminatory policies... really the big one is wealth. The police don't care too much if you're African American, white, Asian, European or what, but they will pull you over and try to find something to ticket you for. Unless you're rich. If you're rich, or from a rich family, you don't get in trouble. Not for breaking the law, not for corruption, not for being cruel. Your kids won't get in trouble for doing drugs in school. If you're a poor kid in school, you'll get in trouble for swearing.

I think I should stop abruptly right there then. I can't think of more to say right now.
Forum: I forgot to make this thread for 4 years
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david s 25 United States MelancholicCholeric ISFJ 621 1193C
BACK IN THE DAY WE HAD SNACKS. LOVELY CRUMPETS AND CAKES. THAT WAS HALF A CENTURY AGO. WHERE WERE YOU THEN!?!?

Uh, I love how this is the only bloody thread that's currently "active" on a mostly dead site. I keep trying to get enough activity here for me to post this thread I've been wanting to post for a discussion of suicide. It's the sort of thing that's right up Fig's alley. If Fig had an alley.
Forum: The Truth-teller and the Liar Conundrum
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david s 25 United States MelancholicCholeric ISFJ 621 1193C
I like the answers you guys gave, but some had minor flaws, and all of them seemed a little complicated to me.

I might as well give my answer now, since people seem bored of it.
  Spoiler for My Answer:
Forum: Dream Log
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david s 25 United States MelancholicCholeric ISFJ 621 1193C
The other dream I had recently was shorter and simpler.

Do you ever have a dream that you know is going to go someplace bad fast, so you force yourself awake? Like, you notice that you're dreaming, so you wake yourself up?

Well I had one of those a little while ago. I dreamt I was in some kind of mansion. Some dude was showing it off to the public, and proclaimed himself to be the king emperor ruler of the land or something. He reminded me of Lelouch from code Geass, or Maou from Hataraku no Maou-sama.

It was one of those dreams where I wasn't actually in my own body, but instead in someone else. Oh gee, I was so lucky to be in who I was in, I say sarcastically. I'm stuck in Oluo Bozado from Shingeki no Kyojin. Well since I'm not in control, I got pulled along for the ride. He was moving out with an elite team of special forces and Levi's squad of SnK titan hunters, but he stopped to do something stupid and lost track of everyone else.

So he wonders around this mansion and he finds these small little tunnels in this brick wall, painted over in deep red paint. The three short tunnels all went in a few feet before meeting a connecting cross tunnel that joined them, but the tunnel you took changed what happened when you went in.

So Oluo stands there, looks at the tunnels. There's a sign on each of them. The first tunnel says something like "Torture" or "Agony". The second ne says "Hell" and the third one says "Hell", but there's a symbol written under the sign that changed it to "purified hell" and meant that it had been exorcized.

I'm sitting here and I'm like "Dammit, dude, don't be an idiot. Your team almost certainly didn't go down any of theses tunnels, they most likely left the mansion. Don't do something stupid." and he's just like "duuuuuuuh wich tunol shud i go duwn??" and I was trying to get him to realize that if he should go down one, at least let it be the one that was exorcized. But no. He picks regular hell.

So I'm stuck with him wondering into hell. The second he enters the tunnel I sense intense evil presence. I'm just like "Dude, why? You know they're not here. Stop and turn around." But of course he doesn't.

He comes to the end of the hallway and he finds this big room full of wooden support beams and such. At the other side of the room is a door. I think there was ominous whispering of demons by this time, and I knew making it to the door meant either something would attack us as we reached it or that something horrendous was waiting on the other side.

I was just like "No! Uh-uh, no. Nope. You go screw s*** up by yourself, I'm out." so I tried to force myself awake. A few seconds later I pull myself awake with a gasp and there we are. No wonder Oluo ended up a titan football.
Forum: Dream Log
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david s 25 United States MelancholicCholeric ISFJ 621 1193C
I have a few recent dreams worthy of posting! I'll make seperate posts, though, for two dreams of interest. I'll start with the one I just with up from.

In my dream last night I was watching my little 2 year old nephew in my backyard, and for some reason I put him in my vegetable garden.(It's fenced in otherwise.) But being that dreams make no sense, the garden was huge, we covered big areas of it with a roof made of plywood and I was also walking my dogs. I let the baby run around in the garden while I finished walking the dogs. I brought the dogs in, gave them rewards for crapping outside instead of on everything I love, and hanging up the leashes. Then I remembered that I left the baby outside, so I ran out to try to find him but I couldn't. I was pretty worried, and I ended up somehow sorta waking up but not, just leaving the dream and starting a new one.

In the second part my family and I were driving around and we were going to get food. My mom decided that rather than a restaurant we'd go to a grocery store, but she went in and only bought a box of oatmeal and then we left and drove around for a while. We drove passed a restaurant that doesn't exist in the real world, but that I ate at in a past dream, then we went through an intersection that doesn't exist inreal life either, but I know from a past dream as well, then we pulled up to a newly developed area with a bunch of fast food places and a mall.

We went to this place that was between an Arby's and a Taco Bell. My brother surely wanted Taco Bell but I'm thinkin' Arby's. For some reason the speakers that you place your order at for the two restaurants were facing eachother and they were only about a foot away from eachother. I couldn't figure out how you placed an order, but somehow I got my food.

After that I had another dream shift. I was in this building that was an odd combination of an office complex, a Victorian house and Hogwarts. I went down this hallway into this area near some business that studied information of some kind, and I wanted to spy on them or something. They were closed, and I tried going in, but I was nearly caught by the janitor, so I rushed down the white hallways and fled to a different room. Apparently some students at this school of Hogwarts that, for some reason, had no one with magic except Dumbledore, apparently these students were mostly people I knew in real life, and they were also trying to spy on that company.

Well that company found out we were trying to spy on them, and they decided that they'd have a little contest of sorts. A veritable game of hide and seek. The rules were simple: If they caught us, we lost and got in trouble. If we escaped until the end of the day, we got off without any consequences. Of course it had to be around dawn when it started. Occasionally some of us were found, so we ran wherever we could.

Someone who reminded me of Snape found me and ran after me, but I managed to run though the winding halls of this chaotic building and climbed into an attic. He took a while to figure out where I was, but I saw him out the window on the grounds below when he realized I was likely there. I figured I could either hide in the piles of junk in this attic or I could run for it before he got to the only ladder that gave access to the attic.

I made a run for it, nearly running into some other students who were running from someone else. Since we both realized that meant that there were people in front and behind, we turned right and left and went other directions. I went up a set of stairs and found some little bedrooms in a tight area of the Victorian style part of the building. I figured it was a great hiding place, but I realized if I was found there was nowhere to run. There were some other students up there hiding, so we figured we'd leave, but I tried opening this set of really small doors and they made a lot of noise so we bolted before the Snape guy or whoever could show up.

I got outside and DREAMPOWER! Naturally I gained the ability to fly. Naturally. So I flew up onto the roof and sat there. Not very easy to hide there, but also not very easy to catch someone there. Plus I could see people coming and I could fly off.

Meanwhile Dumbledore was sitting on top of another building, a castle building, watching as everything took place, enjoying himself. Apparently he flew up there, too, since there were no stairs.

The other students also ran outside. Originally there were about 10 of them but by this time there were only about 4 students left. So I flew down to them and offered to fly them up to the roof.

Well here's the kicker. The two girls left were girls I knew from my school district(IRL), and at different times I had crushes on each of them. The one I had a crush on for years and I asked to her a dance and she shot me down. Hard. Broke my little kid heart. The other one I just sorta gradually stopped having a crush on.

While they were trying to figure out if they should go on the roof with me, the people from the company, Snape and some other dude, both found our cluster of survivors and were about to catch us all. I was just like "No time for you to think" grabbed the girl that didn't break my heart(HA HA! Screw you other girl!) and flew her up to the roof, while the others got caught.(I could only carry one person at a time because I can fly, I'm not super human. I'll let you figure out how flying isn't super human.)

The sun was setting, though, so we won! Huzzah! If Snape had magic it'd've sucked! Awesome fun dream.
Forum: The Truth-teller and the Liar Conundrum
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david s 25 United States MelancholicCholeric ISFJ 621 1193C
Taking them aside would be a fair choice, provided that you could do that, but that sorta seems absurd, like something outside the parameters. I mean, what makes you assume they'll cooperate? I can tell you that there's a solution that is much simpler than that. Also, there wasn't anything that said they answered at the same time, but I honestly imagined they would.

There's another possibility, however. The possibility that *neither* answer the question you asked. If the liar is your target and you ask if the target answered, and he doesn't answer, he could say "no" or he might simply not answer. With neither answering, you know nothing. If the liar isn't the target, then both would answer no, as you said.

In the one scenario you said
SAPPHIROS said:
YN: This is when Truther is the target, and Liar goes first. Kill the second one.
Are you using a past tense word in a present way, i.e. "has"? I mean, I'm confused. The truth is that the truther *hasn't* answered yet. Or something.

Again, there's a simpler solution.

But I like your thinking.
Forum: The Truth-teller and the Liar Conundrum
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david s 25 United States MelancholicCholeric ISFJ 621 1193C
THAT DOES NOT QUALIFY AS A GOOD ANSWER!

Come up with a serious question that solves it.
Forum: The Truth-teller and the Liar Conundrum
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david s 25 United States MelancholicCholeric ISFJ 621 1193C
Blast, my mistake in not saying that there's a specific one you have to kill. But this puzzle does have a twist, and you're right that it doesn't say you have to kill the liar. But I do need to edit it to make it specific to an individual.