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lostinamerica says:
(Mon Aug 29 01:26:04 2016 [Edit/Delete]
ChristopherMarlowe--True, it's
worth a shot--they may be very
helpful :)

Still, I would wonder--what are their
writing backgrounds and why should I
listen to their critiques?

Maverick--Yes! Kroger is my
go-to store, because I think the
prices are generally lower than
Publix. One bad thing is that they
don't have the BOGO sales like Publix
does, which I take full advantage of
when they have something I want, of
course :)

A worse thing is that Kroger bought
out Harris Teeter here and closed
their stores, which means I don't get
their excellent BOGO deals anymore :(
I hope Kroger doesn't drive Publix
out too and then be the last store
standing--monopoly, bad :(

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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Mon Aug 29 00:25:22 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Maverick, ostinamerica As I'm not looking to write as a second career, we'll see how it goes. I can always leave if it isn't working~

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Maverick says:
(Sun Aug 28 21:35:09 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Christopher Marlowe, lostinamerica: I joined a writer's group OUAT but quit quickly afterwards. They wanted us to write something new for each week based upon THEIR specifications and then they wanted each of us to read what we had written and critique each other. Mostly people wrote essays. I wanted commentary on fiction I had already written based on MY ideas, but no one wanted to hear others' ideas. I thought their concept of a writer's group was bizarre and so I quit. I hope you have better luck. P.S. Re: SciFi, I've heard "Stranger Things" a new Netflix Series is interesting. I can't wait till the DVD's hit my Library.

lostinamerica: Did I tell you? I got a job at Kroger (which I admire and think is well-managed.) As a Produce clerk. I think I'll enjoy it (as long as I don't have to carry watermelons around.)



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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Sun Aug 28 19:53:52 2016 [Edit/Delete]

I don't think it will be an issue. I
sent a story to one of the members
already and she was not put off by a
story about a vampire in the old

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lostinamerica says:
(Sun Aug 28 14:48:11 2016 [Edit/Delete]
ChristopherMarlowe--I hope
your writers' group respects the
science fiction genre--usually no
love there :(

*still trying to get her book club
to read some sci fi*

Happy Birthday Unadopted Angie!

Happy Belated Birthday Polgara,
Blade the Vampire Hunter, HumVee

and Watcher's Pet!

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TheBirthdayGnomette says:
(Sun Aug 28 12:39:29 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Today is Sunday, August 28th 2016 C.E.

We have NINE (9) Birthdays!

J August Richards as Charles Gunn
Unadopted Angie

Happy Birthday from the Bronze
to CJ, Faris, FIREHAWK, J August Richards as Charles Gunn
Kresnik, spikelover, Toni, Unadopted Angie, Zorander

Sometimes when I'm sitting in class... You know, I'm not thinking about class, 'cause that would never happen. I think about kissing you. And it's like everything stops. It's like, it's like freeze frame. Willow kissage.Oz, 'Innocence'''

to be added to the birthday list, please email

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wolfguard says:
(Sun Aug 28 04:50:02 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Christopher Marlowe,

Congratulations on the invite.

I will post tomorrow on your Watchers' Council topic. *g*


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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Sun Aug 28 02:44:12 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Seven Skeletons is an interesting book. It's about seven famous skeletons (Lucy, Piltdown Man etc) and the controversies they generated within the community and their role in Popular Culture.

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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Sat Aug 27 21:01:40 2016 [Edit/Delete]
I had a lazy, but good day. Found some new clothes and new books!

wolfguard I got an invitation to join a writers' group and I think I'll take it up!

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TheBirthdayGnomette says:
(Sat Aug 27 15:49:54 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Today is Saturday, August 27th 2016 C.E.

We have FOUR (4) Birthdays!

Blade the Vampire Hunter
Jules the Elder

Happy Birthday from the Bronze
to Blade, Freddy, HumVee and Jules the Elder!

Hermanos! The devil has built a robot! Numero Cinco, 'The Cautionary Tale of Numero Cinco''''

to be added to the birthday list, please email

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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Sat Aug 27 15:11:14 2016 [Edit/Delete]
wolfguard It can be. We can discuss if the Watcher's Council is/was the best way to manage slayers. The council can be like government, how big or small does it need to be to be effective at what it does?

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wolfguard says:
(Sat Aug 27 06:22:12 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Yay Andeeh!

Christopher Marlowe,

Is the Watchers Council an inflammatory topic?

Night All


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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Sat Aug 27 00:35:03 2016 [Edit/Delete]
"How'd that get started?" Liv asked

"I'll answer if you promise to work
out with me laters. I wanna see
how strong a zombievamp is." Buffy
said, picking up a medcine ball
like it was a beach ball.


"Groovy!" Buffy said, tossing the
medcine ball to the back of the
workout room. "Lets go to the
research room"

"I like the room, I did some
research on zombies, hoping I'd
learn something I didn't before"
Liv said.

"I'm usually not big on doing
research myself, but I'm a big girl
now" Buffy said and she led the
way to the research room, which was
basically just a room with a lot of
computers, chairs and tables and a
lone bookcase of old books.

Buffy skipped the computers and
went straight to the book case and
got something from the bottom. Liv
saw that it was a box and was
extremely curious.

"A little show and tell", Buffy
said. She indicated to Liv that
she should sit down at one of the
central tables of the room. As Liv
sat, Buffy opened the box and Liv
saw her pulling out what looked
liked cutouts of some kind.

Buffy pulled out one that looked
like like some kind of monster.
"This is a demon, they've always
existed. This is the first slayer,
just a young girl at first"

"A Slayer Eve!" Liv exclaimed. Liv
saw Buffy hold up a cutout of a
girl, but it looked like she had a
chain on her. "Is that a chain]"

"Yes" Buffy said. "Men chained a
girl to a rock and did a spell that
imbued her with the essence of that
demon you saw. It gave her
superhuman strength, speed, yadda

Liv saw that Buffy didn't have a
happy look on her face. If the
girl had to be chained, then it was
basically assault and battery or
even rape.

"That's horrible" Liv said.
"yep...And the original men who did
this to her eventually became
watchers and not surprisingly they
didn't act a whole lot different"
Buffy said.

Liv definitely got a clearer idea
of why Buffy wasn't enamoured of
the council.

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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Fri Aug 26 23:51:25 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Happy Women's Equality Day! Lets
rock the 19th Amendment at the
elections this year!

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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Fri Aug 26 23:02:26 2016 [Edit/Delete]

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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Fri Aug 26 22:14:09 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Looking forward to getting the heck out of work and starting my weekend!

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wolfguard says:
(Fri Aug 26 21:39:59 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Edited: Fri Aug 26 23:02:08 2016
Agent Cooper,

Your thought, "...Why would anybody drive all the way out here to the middle
of no place just to see us?"
, is shared by several researchers. Jacques
Vallee believes someone might be putting on a show for us. His reasoning goes
something like this ...

Once one filters out all the cases of mistaken identity, there are still a large
number of sightings of unidentified flying objects - sometimes with occupants.

As a first case, assume the encounters are by chance. If so, then the sightings
are a subset of a larger number. If so, then there are very many of these
objects flying around. What's so special about Earth that there are so many of
these objects visiting?

One explanation is that UFO's are not extraterrestrial. They are organic to
Earth. So seeing one may not be much different than seeing a rare bird or
atmospheric effect. That said, since so many of these objects seem inanimate and
created, someone made them. Who on Earth made them?

Whoever it is, Vallee believes many of the sightings are staged.

If you have time to flirt around a rabbit hole, googled "Messengers of
Deception". *g*


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Agent Cooper says:
(Fri Aug 26 20:54:35 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Wolfguard: Well, THAT was just depressing as all get out.

This is why we put you on the night shift. :-P

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wolfguard says:
(Fri Aug 26 20:36:40 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Edited: Fri Aug 26 20:40:08 2016
Agent Cooper,

The link I posted was to an article written by a meteorologist who was a long-
time skeptic who now thinks the evidence is clear that global climate is warming
and the warming is caused by humans. *g*

The article on free will starts by summarizing the current evidence pointing to
free will being a myth. Such findings worry some people, because many human
worldviews and institutions depend on the belief in free will. What would happen
if most people took these findings to heart? I couldn't help myself! I'm
possessed by this brain! *g*

The article talked about a couple experiments designed to test what people might
do if they believed people did not have free will. Results: Most of the subjects
chose to act in their own self-interest. Cheating was fair, etc.

Another philosopher (?) said we cannot let people know free will does not exist.
As much as philosophy values both truth and morality, if we must choose between
the two, we should choose morality.ETA

Of course, if you can choose such, then it is that not free will? *g*

In closing the article, the writer tried to return some hope through recourse to
the complexity of the human brain. We are able to imagine multiple futures and
options. We face complex choices. In such choices lies free will.

ETA The same philosopher said only a chosen few could be allowed to
face ~ the dark truth.


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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Fri Aug 26 19:20:48 2016 [Edit/Delete]
KAM How have things been going for you work wise?

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Trivia Girl says:
(Fri Aug 26 16:05:37 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Trivia Of the Day and TJIF!

Three Amazon Basin waterfalls are at least two-thousand feet long from top to bottom.

The blue whale is the largest animal ever known.

Cheesy, meaning bad, is a late 1800s term stemming from the bad smell of some cheeses.

The peregrine falcon dives at more than 200 miles an hour.

It takes 640 days, or 21 months, to make an African elephant.

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KAM says:
(Fri Aug 26 16:01:21 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Good Morning Everyone,


Ty King Fan

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Agent Cooper says:
(Fri Aug 26 13:37:17 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Chris Marlowe: You sound a little down. Cheer up! Let's talk about Pathfinder. What is your character's name?

Wolfguard: RE Lanikea--yes! See, this is what I was talking about the other day. Why would anybody drive all the way out here to the middle of no place just to see us? :-)

PS - I think I mentioned this once, but a local, well known meteorologist here in my town did an on-air rant about global warming last year.

There was a story presented just before he was on for the weather about GW, and his face was going red. The anchor was kidding him a bit after she got done reading the story, and she said, "heh, c'mon XXX, I know how you feel about this!"

He paused and said, no, I'm not going to say it....then he just broke and said, "you know what? Yes I am!" and he proceeded to give a very reasoned rant about why GW is completely fake and unscientific and motivated by politics. :-)

PPS - A lot of folks don't realize this, but free will is on of the fundamental tenets of Catholicism.

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TheBirthdayGnomette says:
(Fri Aug 26 13:15:00 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Today is Friday, August 26th 2016 C.E.

We have THREE (3) Birthdays!

e-may aka Cabin7Baby
RafterBitten1 (Brynna)

Happy Birthday from the Bronze
to emay, Prowler, RafterBitten1

We're deep in space, corner of No and Where.Mal, 'Objects In Space''''

to be added to the birthday list, please email

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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Fri Aug 26 13:07:03 2016 [Edit/Delete]
yay andeeh!

Happy Thank Joss It's Friday Day!

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YayOfTheDay says:
(Fri Aug 26 11:46:18 2016 [Edit/Delete]
let's hear a great big bronze cheer for andeeh!

yay andeeh!

Happy Thank Joss It's Friday Day!

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wolfguard says:
(Fri Aug 26 08:01:22 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Yay Ozlady!

Happy Birthday Angle Man!

Happy Birthday Polgara!

Happy Birthday Macpro75!

Happy Birthday Marti Noxon!

Agent Cooper,

Where is the Milky Way Galaxy? In the outback of Laniakea (~38 seconds into the video)

Christopher Marlowe,

"Free Will" is an inflammatory topic?

By "gender separation" do you mean discussing whether or not Olympic sports should allow women and men to compete against each other in the same sports?

What about a meteorologist changing his mind? *g*

Good Night to All


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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Fri Aug 26 02:36:11 2016 [Edit/Delete]
wolfguard Can we talk about
something less inflammatory, like
should we do away with gender
separation in Olympic sports?

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wolfguard says:
(Fri Aug 26 02:14:10 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Edited: Fri Aug 26 02:24:51 2016
Christopher Marlowe,

Free Will? Just read an article on it the other day. *g*

And there's always politics or economics.

ETA Agent Cooper,

I saw Avatar. Very good special effects. By-the-book characters and plot. Off
that, I recently read a book on screenplay writing whose author listed
Titanic as one of the worst scripts ever written. Author said what made it a
great film was the director. This may be an evidence for the argument at least one
director has made that writers aren't really needed. We just need an outline.

I suspect if it weren't so expensive, then perhaps even outlines would be minimized.
We'll shape the film as we go along. *g* Punter mentality gone wild. *g*


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Agent Cooper says:
(Fri Aug 26 02:13:28 2016 [Edit/Delete]
So i'm watching John Carter of Mars on tv. I
cannot tell if i like it or not. I have the sound down
low because i don't want to wake jr cooper
sleeping next to me, which makes it hard to follow.
So far it looks like Avatar, only with green aliens
instead of blue ones.

Disclaimer--I have never actually watched Avatar.


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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Fri Aug 26 01:24:44 2016 [Edit/Delete]
wolfguard Is there a non-
fanfic related topic we could
discuss tonight? *g*

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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Fri Aug 26 00:41:04 2016 [Edit/Delete]
And then there are days where
someone you know gets caught in a

I think I'll watch cartoons.

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Trivia Girl says:
(Thu Aug 25 22:58:28 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Edited: Thu Aug 25 23:00:40 2016
Huh..could have sworn I posted the trivia answers!


Sunnydale's Natural Pursuits

Category: Parks
Question: What was the first National Park?
Answer: Yellowstone

Trivia Park Rangers: OldManfan and NotsoShygirl. LOL! to Agent Cooper, you are a junior ranger!

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Agent Cooper says:
(Thu Aug 25 18:42:21 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Trivia Girl: First National Park, of course!

Chris Marlowe:
Deep thoughts, yea verily.

Why do we drive on parkways and park on driveways?

Why is the guy who invests all your money called a "broker?"

Why are there braille dots on a drive-through ATM keypad?

If you were driving a car going the speed of light, and you turned the headlights on, would they do anything?

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wolfguard says:
(Thu Aug 25 18:41:19 2016 [Edit/Delete]

Agent Cooper,



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OldManFan says:
(Thu Aug 25 16:37:23 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Trivia Girl - Yellowstone.


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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Thu Aug 25 16:22:02 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Agent Cooper Deep thoughts for today!

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notsoShyGirl says:
(Thu Aug 25 15:18:49 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Trivia Girl
Yellowstone,the first national park, was signed into law by President Ulysses
S. Grant in 1872, followed by Mackinac National Park in 1875 (decommissioned
in 1895), and then Rock Creek Park (later merged into National Capital Parks),
Sequoia and Yosemite in 1890.

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Trivia Girl says:
(Thu Aug 25 14:36:11 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Sunnydale's Natural Pursuits

Category: Parks
Question: What was the first National Park?

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Agent Cooper says:
(Thu Aug 25 14:12:50 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Wolfguard: I read this someplace, can't remember where or when, but it stuck with me because it rings true:

We humans understand the universe about as well as a bumblebee understand what a 401K is.

There are probably layers and layers of things above our understanding that we can't conceive of.

You know, Horatio, dreams, philosophy, etc etc. :-)

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TheBirthdayGnomette says:
(Thu Aug 25 13:14:21 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Today is Thursday, August 25th 2016 C.E.

We have NINE (9) Birthdays!
Angle Man
Marti Noxon
Watcher's Pet

Happy Birthday from the Bronze
to Angle Man, Divyne, klskin, macpro75, Marti Noxon, Molly
Polgara, Slayergirl99uk, Watcher's Pet

Sometimes when I'm sitting in class... You know, I'm not thinking about class, 'cause that would never happen. I think about kissing you. And it's like everything stops. It's like, it's like freeze frame. Willow kissage.Oz, 'Innocence'''

to be added to the birthday list, please email

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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Thu Aug 25 12:56:50 2016 [Edit/Delete]
yay ozlady!

Happy CD Thursday!

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lostinamerica says:
(Thu Aug 25 12:45:22 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Yay! Ozlady!

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YayOfTheDay says:
(Thu Aug 25 11:31:59 2016 [Edit/Delete]
let's hear a great big bronze cheer for ozlady!

yay ozlady!

Happy CD Thursday!

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wolfguard says:
(Thu Aug 25 07:41:28 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Edited: Thu Aug 25 07:48:18 2016
Yay Agent Cooper!

Christopher Marlowe,

"...the 'Once in Every Generation' is a lousy game plan for dealing with global problem of demons and vampires..."

It does make for a more - intimate - setting for the story ...


Willow, Xander and Faith head down the hall past the cafeteria towards the lounge. They're having a good time.

And here we have the cafeteria, where
we were mauled by snakes...

This is the spot where Angel
tried to kill Willow.

Over there in the lounge is where
Spike and his gang nearly massacred
us all on parent-teacher night. Oh,
and up those stairs, I was sucked
into a muddy grave...

From the shooting script of Faith, Hope, and Trick, courtesy of


Deadguy Memorial Angel Wednesday Question

One assumes Dawn and Willow were on social media before the finale, but are the rest of the scoobies now tuned in?

Not Giles. He'll use a cellphone and email for business, but he still conducts personal correspondence by mail. There's the anticipation that comes with finding an elegant envelope with the wax seal of Giles in one's mailbox that 'social media' simply cannot duplicate. Next the sense of feeling the texture of the envelope, the heft, the thickness - did Giles just send a card or might he be expressing his research on a current sitch (and going on and on and on)?

You'll just have to use your dagger or boot-knife or letter opener - if that's all you have - to open the envelope and see.

Oh, look! It's ... a small plastic box thingie with brown tape ....

There's a label on it, Eve of Destruction. Is this a potent? Is Giles in trouble? Is an apocalypse upon us? It this Tuesday?

Good Night to All


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wolfguard says:
(Thu Aug 25 07:02:14 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Agent Cooper,

We're here

The third graphic down shows a view of the Milky Way Galaxy mapped with the Sun at the 'bullseye' of the vertical Galactic longitude (0-180 degrees) and the horizontal 90 degrees - 270 degrees line.


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Agent Cooper says:
(Thu Aug 25 05:48:04 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Wolfguard --- Well, yes and that certainly turns
Sagans line of thought on its head.

Actually I watched a video this very evening that
pointed out that Earth happens to be in a far flung
corner of the galaxy (the video people called it
being in the suburbs) and also pointed out that
Earth and its solar system doesnt have any
particularly rare resources hat cannot be found in
abundance anyplace else. So assuming space
travel is difficult and expensive there's no reason
for anybody to drive all the way out here. :-)

Still, I'm inclined to agree with Sagan--better safe
than sorry.

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wolfguard says:
(Thu Aug 25 05:31:46 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Agent Cooper,

I've not seen Independence Day. Several people have made similar arguments as Sagan's, i.e. we need to keep quiet about our presence. However, their arguments have to answer your argument that alien cultures may be very different than ours. Just because we have had civilizations that have forcibly colonized other cultures, doesn't mean aliens would do the same. *g*


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Agent Cooper says:
(Thu Aug 25 05:24:13 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Wolfguard -- Valid points, but we have to remember
that we're looking at this from a human centric
point of view. Those conditions would apply to
human civilizations, but not necessarily to an alien
one, whose culture and outlook might be
unfathomable to us.

Did you ever see that movie Independence Day?
Carl Sagan imagined that if we encounter any aliens
first hand, that would be likely how it hapened-
rather than big static colonial empires youd see
giant ships that had been launched generations
ago roving the galaxy for resources. He figured
that if humans ever leave Earth it would be the
same scenario. And yes, after many generations of
this two of those ships could happen to meet up
and not even recognize each other any more.
Just as an aside, after the Pioneer missions Sagan
warned against trying to contact anybody else out
there. He believed any encounter with advanced
space faring aliens would surely result in our
demise, very much as depicted in Independence
Day---minus the happy ending. He advised that
communication efforts were foolish and it was far
wiser to lay low. Maybe thats what everybody else
is doing.

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wolfguard says:
(Thu Aug 25 02:39:28 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Agent Cooper,

True, we should be picking up an alien civilization's EMR. We should be seeing
their version of The Beverly Hillbillies - and other stuff. *g*

As to galaxy-wide colonization, I'm agnostic. Human hunter-gatherer groups
experienced break-ups whenever a group became too large relative to the
surrounding environment's carrying capacity. I imagine a society with FTL
technology might see people leaving 'home' if it was perceived as too crowded,
but FTL capable society could probably create solutions to crowding that would
not require interstellar travel on a galactic scale.

There's also the difficulties involved in keeping colonies connected together.
The EU can't keep Britain a member and they're only separated by 20 odd miles of

OTOH, thousands of colonies might well exist independent of one another.

Oh, Paul Krugman - the liberal Nobel prize winning economist *g*, once wrote a
paper on intergalactic trading economics (he's a science fiction fan). I don't
remember (?) the particulars, but one conclusion was relativistic effects would
made trade really difficult, perhaps impractical.


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Agent Cooper says:
(Thu Aug 25 01:45:59 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Wolfguard....I also suspect FTL travel is impossible
or impractical. Several very smart cosmologists
have reasoned that if interstellar travel was possible
at all, huge swaths of the galaxy would have been
colonized long ago.

BUT, I also have read quite alot about the fact that
even if we cannot reach advanced civilizations via
space travel, we should be able to detect their
presence with the telescopes and tech we have
now. And yet we see and hear...nothing. The
silence is deafening.

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wolfguard says:
(Thu Aug 25 00:49:58 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Agent Cooper,

Stephen Webb wrote If The Universe Is Teeming With Aliens ... Where Is
Everyone? 75 Solutions to Fermi's Paradox and the Problem of Extraterrestrial
. I've never seen a copy, but it's listed on Amazon.

The theory I suspect is true is perhaps the most mundane: faster-than-light
(FTL) travel is impossible due to way the universe works. Consequently, no one
is able to travel beyond their home star system.

Another popular theory is that civilizations capable of building inter-solar or
inter-stellar spacecraft have also built nuclear weapons and the nuclear weapons
are eventually used in a world-wide war. End of the civilization.

Your observation on radiation also applies to spacecraft. As of now, there exist
no feasible way of protecting spacefarers in spacecraft from radiation. All that
can be done is minimize exposure. Consequently, people who spend a long time in
space greatly increase the risk of injury/illness from radiation.1 If
a person is planning to travel or work in space for a relatively long time and
also plan to have children, then they probably need to freeze their sperm or
eggs before going into space.

The only solution I can imagine is through shaping an a large meteoroid or small
asteroid into a spacecraft. Living compartments would be buried deep within the
body, using the surrounding mass as a radiation shield. The "ship" would be
propelled with an electro-magnetic mass driver powered either by nuclear or
solar energy (solar if used close to the sun, nuclear is used far away) and
using some of the meteoroid's mass as propellant.2

Not sleek as a starship, but it works. *g*

1 The radiation exposure from a few days in space might equal a year
on earth.

2 A mass driver shoots mass away from the object on which its mount
and the resulting reaction pushes the object in the other direction (Newton's
Third Law of Motion). The reaction mass can be whatever is convenient. The mass
is accelerated along a rail using electromagnets which are in turn powered by
nuclear or solar energy.


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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Thu Aug 25 00:34:13 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Buffy gave one last kick to the training bag. It swung back violently but the chain held. Buffy nodding in satisfaction..they went through a fair number of bags before Xander found a way to reinforce the bag's chain connection to the ceiling beams.

Slayers were pretty hard on equipment, so it was difficult to find apparatus that could take the abuse of many superpowered girls and women.

Buffy had only 15 minutes left before Liv was supposed to come by and talk to her. Buffy wasn't too keen on this Liv becomes human by way of vampire scheme, but after the events of Chosen, letting slayers choose their own path was something she practiced instead of preached.

She decided just to do some simple floor exercises to stretch herself out a little. Nothing too hard, a couple flips here and there.

Buffy was in the zone when she sensed someone was in the room. She slowly righted herself from the handstand she was currently doing and turned around to see Liv in the doorway, with an open-mouth.

Buffy smiled, it's been a while since she wowed someone and it felt good. Shaking herself a little, she walked towards Liv.


"Hi...caught a bit of the floor show, can all the girls do that?" Liv asked. She was once a cheerleader, but she didn't think she did any of those moves and probably couldn't do them now.

"Pretty much, although I doubt they have done it as long as I have" I'm the old lady of the group, even though I'm only pushing 30."

"Does it come natural? Part of the slayer package then?" Liv asked.

"Kinda. When I became a slayer, I was amazed at the things I could do automatically"

"How is that possible?"

"Each generation of slayers retain some memories of the previous generation, and that includes some basic fighting abilities. You have to train to hone them and build on them"


"At least that was what the Watcher's Council book says, but I was never much for book learning" Buffy said with a laugh. "How about yourself"?


"Yeah, can you do anything special yet? Vampires sort of get a similar deal when they get sired"
"I don't know, I've never really tried. Ann, that other vampire, said she learned very quickly she was superfast and superstrong. "

"Ann? Wished I had met her, I know she is pretty unusual, even among vampires" Buffy said.

"I guess I've never tested myself, it was too weird to mock-fight with Ann. "

"How about the blood thing and sunlight?"

"I no longer crave brains, but blood is okay I guess. I never realized it before, but I made quite a lot of dishes with brains, blood is pretty limited. At least it is easier to get"

"And the sunlight?"

"If I stay out too long, I start sending up smoke, which freaked me out a first. So maybe the zombie thing allows me to tolerate more sun than other vampires, I guess?"
"And I would suspect Dawn and the Watcher's council don't have much insight to offer?"

"Not really, being unique has it's drawbacks, in that they haven't found anything remotely comparable to me yet. Go me!"

"Yeah, I definitely hear that, the 'Once in Every Generation' is a lousy game plan for dealing with global problem of demons and vampires.

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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Wed Aug 24 23:36:20 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Now to commence to writing.....

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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Wed Aug 24 23:01:27 2016 [Edit/Delete]

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DaddyCatALSO says:
(Wed Aug 24 20:47:52 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Agent Cooper check out Rare Earth. most libraries have it

wolfguard Agreed; she could just have showed promise very young and have been able to pick up all kinds of certifications quickly. Sicne I'm not using any supernatural explanations for her estranged Beverley Hills doctor husband or her Hollywood sister-in-=law, Kaylee shouldn't be either.

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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Wed Aug 24 20:39:44 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Agent Cooper So far, work has been good this week. I'll be heading out of work early to get some errands done.

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Agent Cooper says:
(Wed Aug 24 19:31:11 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Chris Marlowe: It's very nice. My week is okay, how about yours?

Wolfguard: Science has come to the conclusion there are lots of these planets. But this only makes the Fermi Paradox even more compelling. If there's so many habitable planets, then where is everybody?

I read an article recently that said the answer is likely---radiation. Space is bathed in ambient radiation, and stars emit enormous quantities of it.

All these Earth like planets look just lovely from a telescope, but they more than likely have no protective magnetic field like the Earth does to shield them from all that deadly radiation. So they are rocky, watery worlds that probably look very much like early Earth right around the time life first formed. But instead they are completely devoid of life because they are continuously bathed in lethal radiation.

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wolfguard says:
(Wed Aug 24 18:38:06 2016 [Edit/Delete]

An earth-size planet has been discovered orbiting the second closest star to Earth (the closest, of course, is the Sun). Follows link to a short BBC video on five take-away's...

New Planet

You'll have to put up with a ~30 second ad.


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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Wed Aug 24 17:55:06 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Yay Agent Cooper!

It feels good doesn't it?

How is the week starting off for you?

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Agent Cooper says:
(Wed Aug 24 16:25:06 2016 [Edit/Delete]
I'm getting a yay day!?

Awww, shucks. You guys are the best. Yay right back at ya!

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OldManFan says:
(Wed Aug 24 15:16:28 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Trivia Girl - The Tropicana.


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Trivia Girl says:
(Wed Aug 24 14:35:58 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Sunnydale's Trivial Pursuit

Category: Angel
Question: What casino was Lorne working in the episode 'The House Always Wins'?

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lostinamerica says:
(Wed Aug 24 12:26:37 2016 [Edit/Delete]
newborns don't do much! I remember
our oldest son being disappointed
when his brother came--being two he
didn't understand there's some
maturation required and that there
wasn't going to be an instant little
brother ;)

Yay! Agent Cooper!

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TheBirthdayGnomette says:
(Wed Aug 24 11:48:15 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Today is Wednesday, August 24th 2016 C.E.

We have EIGHT (8) Birthdays!

Aussie Katrina
Miss Pointy

Happy Birthday from the Bronze to Aussie Katrina, Cellen, Dreamscape205, Joxy, Kaymyth, Miss Pointy, poptart13. wicca

I had a whole section about civic pride. Mayor, 'Graduation Day (2)'''

to be added to the birthday list, please email

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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Wed Aug 24 11:43:04 2016 [Edit/Delete]
yay agent cooper!

deadguy qod

I would assume so, I think just about everyone is on some form of social media, there are so many now, not just twitter and facebook.

Happy non-Angel Wednesday!

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YayOfTheDay says:
(Wed Aug 24 11:39:34 2016 [Edit/Delete]
let's hear a great big bronze cheer for agent cooper!

yay agent cooper!

today's deadguy memorial angel wednesday question is brought to you by: - always looking for donors

one assumes dawn and willow were on social media before the finale, but are the rest of the scoobies now tuned in?

Happy non-Angel Wednesday!

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Comma says:
(Wed Aug 24 10:38:51 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Reading Wolguard's answer to the trivia question, 'that is 100% the correct answer'! Being retired SF, having taught had to hand in the Army, and, because of my size, being used as an attacker, in training, on much smaller targets, those who can play chess fight so much better. One has to see the next two or three moves, or more, be prepared if your opponent changes the game, know when to regroup, and when to press your advantage. The trick is to make your target fight your fight. Pain can never be a reason to give up on a fight. The human mind can overcome almost anything if it is trained. I am only still above ground because I was trained correctly!


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wolfguard says:
(Wed Aug 24 05:16:44 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Yay 4paws!

Belated Yay Antipodean!

Christopher Marlowe,

A training session has potential. What would Buffy want to teach a vampire? *g*

OTOH, Liv could 'play' the vampire in training scenarios for newly recruited slayers.

Deadguy Memorial Buffy Tuesday Question

If vampires find Halloween tacky, how do they feel about sci-fi/horror conventions?

A smorgasbord. A large pool of 'Happy Meals with legs". Easy to fit in. Designed to make it easy for strangers to mingle with strangers. A bit of missed blood on the lips written off as part of the costume. Yum-yum.

Good Night to All


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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Wed Aug 24 03:24:37 2016 [Edit/Delete]
wolfguard Heavens no! At
least not a real fight. Maybe a
training sesson.

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wolfguard says:
(Wed Aug 24 02:42:34 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Christopher Marlowe,




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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Wed Aug 24 02:37:40 2016 [Edit/Delete]
wolfguard I should have my
next installment tomorrow night.
*g* Big time Girl talk I think
between Buffy and Liv.

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wolfguard says:
(Wed Aug 24 02:14:12 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Christopher Marlowe,

I have. *g*


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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Wed Aug 24 02:01:09 2016 [Edit/Delete]
wolfguard Did you get started
on your fic yet?

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wolfguard says:
(Wed Aug 24 01:40:14 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Christopher Marlowe,

I am. The brain answer plays off variations of John Steinbeck's quote ~ The brain is
the ultimate weapons, everything else is supplemental. ~

A related saying ...

"Safety is something that happens between your ears, not something you hold in your
hands." - Jeff Cooper

Colonel Cooper was commenting on various mechanical safeties built into firearms.


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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Wed Aug 24 01:36:53 2016 [Edit/Delete]

Are you around?

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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Wed Aug 24 00:59:07 2016 [Edit/Delete]
home times two!

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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Tue Aug 23 23:02:46 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Edited: Tue Aug 23 23:15:54 2016
Sunnydale's Trivial Pursuit

Category: Buffy
Question: What is Buffy's primary weapon in killing vampires?
Answer I was going for Stake, but wolfguard's answer is neato!

Trivia Masters: notsoShyGirl, Agent Cooper and wolfguard!

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Trivia Girl says:
(Tue Aug 23 21:30:21 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Trivia answer will be a little later
today! Having coffee with a friend

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Trivia Girl says:
(Tue Aug 23 20:37:03 2016 [Edit/Delete]
wolfguard Excellent answer!

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wolfguard says:
(Tue Aug 23 18:54:49 2016 [Edit/Delete]


Fantasy can use real-world rules ...

Willow, how would you get Buffy back?

That's what I'm sayingI don't even know.

OK, but if another witch was to do it, where would she start?

Uh, physics, principles, basic laws...

Such as?

Uh, conservation of energies. You can't really create or destroy anything, only transfer.

From Get It Done

It depends on the individual writer's needs and desires. Does the writer want to create detail rules of the verse or need an fantastical idea for a story premise or plot device? (example - The Witch)


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notsoShyGirl says:
(Tue Aug 23 18:36:09 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Trivia Girl
Mr. Pointy, her favorite wooden stake

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Agent Cooper says:
(Tue Aug 23 18:24:05 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Trivia Girl: Xander!

He strategically positions himself to make the bad guy's arms tired and his fists numb. Then Buffy moves in to strike.

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wolfguard says:
(Tue Aug 23 18:20:48 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Trivia Girl,

Her brain. :)


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Trivia Girl says:
(Tue Aug 23 18:16:06 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Edited: Tue Aug 23 18:16:23 2016
notSoShyGirl, OldManFan Ack! I completely forgot about the trivia today!

Lets make it an easy one.

Sunnydale's Trivial Pursuit
Category: Buffy
Question: What is Buffy's primary weapon in killing vampires?

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DaddyCatALSO says:
(Tue Aug 23 17:33:12 2016 [Edit/Delete]
wolfguard Christopher Marlowe Agent Cooper n-e-1-else Imagine a 2002-vintage Buffyverse version of Kaylee for my Ice Age Buffy setting. Given that the B'verse *is* a fantasy world, then for consistency's sake, I'm thinking on one hand Kaylee's "engine whisperer" abilities ought to have a supernatural or at least psychic basis. On the other hand,
Willow's computer and chemistry abilities were always presented as completely mundane and normal. Opinions, suggestions, questions?

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OldManFan says:
(Tue Aug 23 16:42:53 2016 [Edit/Delete]
* peek *


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notsoShyGirl says:
(Tue Aug 23 15:40:46 2016 [Edit/Delete]
*peeks in, looking for Trivia*

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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Tue Aug 23 13:34:49 2016 [Edit/Delete]
yay 4paws!

deadguy I think they might find them bloody stupid. Vampires seem to be a self-involved lot, not terribly interested in anything but the next meal!

lostinamerica Tiny, cute and pretty much just eating and sleeping!

Happy Non-Buffy Tuesday!

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lostinamerica says:
(Tue Aug 23 12:05:23 2016 [Edit/Delete]
ChrsitopherMarlowe, OldManFan--
Awww, Toots played the Sesame Street
theme song :(

ChristopherMarlowe--How is your
great nephew?

Yay! 4paws!

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YayOfTheDay says:
(Tue Aug 23 11:53:14 2016 [Edit/Delete]
let's hear a great big bronze cheer for 4paws

yay 4paws!

today's deadguy memorial buffy tuesday question is brought to you by:

sunnydalecon - the most realistic demon costumes you will ever see

if vampires find halloween tacky, how do they feel about sci-fi/horror conventions?

Happy Non-Buffy Tuesday!

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TheBirthdayGnomette says:
(Tue Aug 23 11:52:54 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Edited: Tue Aug 23 11:54:08 2016
Today is Tuesday August 23rd 2016 C.E.

We have FOUR (4) Birthdays!

Sonja Marie

Happy Birthday from the Bronze
to Dharkm justLURKin, Keylim, Sonja Marie

Nothin'. I just wanted you to face me so she could get behind ya.Mal, 'The Train Job''

to be added to the birthday list, please email

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DaddyCatALSO says:
(Tue Aug 23 11:44:00 2016 [Edit/Delete]
Christopher Marlowe wolfguard Interesting; I only watched a few *I, Zombie* ep.s, and when I saw all those swampy areas I just assumed Florida or Louisiaan as setting. dummy me.

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