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by elemtilas
Sat 23 Jun 2018, 20:41
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Kinds of Immortality [Split]
Replies: 12
Views: 252

Re: Kinds of Immortality [Split]

k1234567890y wrote:
Sat 23 Jun 2018, 06:32
I also have an idea of heriz humanoids...but it seems that there's no way to incorporate them into an otherwise realistic world? or there's a way?
What did you have in mind?
by elemtilas
Sat 23 Jun 2018, 01:48
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: using the virgin birth concept in a setting
Replies: 3
Views: 98

Re: using the virgin birth concept in a setting

supernatural pregnancies like the virgin births have played a role in mythological myths and modern media, such as Anakin Skywalker and the midiclorians. Most of those stories mostly skip over real world consequences and uncomfortable questions. What I was interested in doing was deconstructing tha...
by elemtilas
Fri 22 Jun 2018, 11:32
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 619
Views: 87396

Re: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

I could care less about hair-dyeing. In the US, there are certainly African Americans who go blond or ginger (do the drapes match the carpeting?), and there it is. I, myself, did highlights while I wasn't able to acknowledge my age. As summer vacation is upon us, although I'm getting a little old f...
by elemtilas
Thu 21 Jun 2018, 13:37
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Fractal Federation
Replies: 14
Views: 687

Re: Fractal Federation

They have colonized other stars. They don't care about habitable planets, they just need the raw materials to build space stations. I used laser propelled light sails, with self-replicating machines as the payload. Once the probe arrives at a star system, it begins exponential growth. When the indu...
by elemtilas
Thu 21 Jun 2018, 12:10
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Fractal Federation
Replies: 14
Views: 687

Re: Fractal Federation

So, this seems to be a pretty interesting setting so far. You mention mining the asteroid belt and terraforming Venus & earth, so they must have a relatively advanced spaceflight capability. Have they moved beyond the belt at all? Beyond the solar system? Encountered anyone else out there? What sort...
by elemtilas
Wed 20 Jun 2018, 15:38
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Person and Tense of the Narrator in Fiction [split]
Replies: 33
Views: 1146

Re: Person and Tense of the Narrator in Fiction [split]

In my opinion, if a reader approaches 2nd person more interested in fighting back, then maybe the problem lies not with the author or the writing but with the reader's lousy attitude! The whole point is to be immersed, to participate in the action. Like an actor getting into character, the reader o...
by elemtilas
Tue 19 Jun 2018, 18:33
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Person and Tense of the Narrator in Fiction [split]
Replies: 33
Views: 1146

Re: Person and Tense of the Narrator in Fiction [split]

Me I think if a good character writer simply ignored that (perceived?) stigma of insulting the reader, 2nd person could be a very powerful and immersive technique. Is there such a stigma? Like I said, could be perceived! But there's clearly something. Curlyjimsam says it feels like authors are impo...
by elemtilas
Tue 19 Jun 2018, 11:46
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Person and Tense of the Narrator in Fiction [split]
Replies: 33
Views: 1146

Re: Person and Tense of the Narrator in Fiction [split]

You'd expect there to be a good reason why (2nd pers. narrative) has never really taken off. I've read at least one fairly good story in the second person, and based on that one reason I'd suggest is that it's deadly for characterisation . Once you start referring to the main character as "you", yo...
by elemtilas
Mon 18 Jun 2018, 02:51
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Kinds of Immortality [Split]
Replies: 12
Views: 252

Re: Fractal Federation

An interesting distinction. And I'm now curious: in your world, are there actually / truly unkillable organisms? Such that you could drop a nuclear bomb on one and he'd not even notice? I haven't come across this same distinction in any language of The World. Queranarran, where you might expect suc...
by elemtilas
Mon 18 Jun 2018, 00:36
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Kinds of Immortality [Split]
Replies: 12
Views: 252

Re: Fractal Federation

Point of order: Kankonian has two words for "immortal": heriz means an organism has the capability of living forever (but might get hit by a bus); zrivd means an organism is unkillable, cannot die . An interesting distinction. And I'm now curious: in your world, are there actually / truly unkillabl...
by elemtilas
Sun 17 Jun 2018, 17:49
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1243
Views: 80044

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

^You think that's crazy--consider the $4000 DigitalStorm Aventum: https://images.techhive.com/images/article/2016/06/aventum-3-hero-100667094-large.jpg Gaming PCs follow the law of diminishing returns. After a certain point, it's just silly [:P] Now thát is just . . . wow . Things really haven't ch...
by elemtilas
Sun 17 Jun 2018, 17:41
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Fractal Federation
Replies: 14
Views: 687

Re: Fractal Federation

I'm not going to respond to everything because a lot of it's already been addressed on my site and I don't want to basically copy and paste my whole site. If picking holes is your specialty, Devil's advocacy is mine! A lot of valid points you make, and I'll address a few. As a counter argument I'd ...
by elemtilas
Sun 17 Jun 2018, 15:20
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13671
Views: 782641

Re: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

How would /tθ/ naturally form in a language, and would it be feasible not to have /θ/ in the same phonology? [tʰ] > [t͡θ], for instance. I'd think it would be alright to have only one of /t͡θ θ/ in a language's inventory, since those sounds are so rare cross-linguistically. I think there are some l...
by elemtilas
Sun 17 Jun 2018, 15:15
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1243
Views: 80044

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

So, what's special about a $1200 gaming computer? Generally, a PC intended to be good at gaming specifically will have a beefy GPU (or several SLIed), a fast ethernet connection and possibly an SSD. Otherwise, it's no different really from other higher spec PCs: more RAM, more processing speed (be ...
by elemtilas
Sun 17 Jun 2018, 15:11
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Fractal Federation
Replies: 14
Views: 687

Re: Fractal Federation

Artificial Intelligences. I didn't say anything about hybrid intelligence though i did include it in my universe. My universe is culturally diverse, there are a million different ways that cultures could implement technology and in my universe, I didn't pick one, I picked them all! There are tradit...
by elemtilas
Sat 16 Jun 2018, 05:29
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Fractal Federation
Replies: 14
Views: 687

Re: Fractal Federation

Most of the people live in subterranean cities, floating cities and underwater cities. Most of the land has been restored to its natural state. There are some iconic surface cities, like New York City. I thought it made more sense to have a big city underground with a continuous Central Park on the...
by elemtilas
Sat 16 Jun 2018, 04:42
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Language of Lortho and the World of Dhamashi
Replies: 34
Views: 4228

Re: The Language of Lortho and the World of Dhamashi

bbbourq wrote:
Sat 16 Jun 2018, 00:25
Absolutely! I am very excited to see what the end result will be.
Please do share the results here! I also bet a game like that would be interesting to play here at CBB. I know vampireshark and maybe a couple others here have actual in-world passports.
by elemtilas
Sat 16 Jun 2018, 04:38
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Fractal Federation
Replies: 14
Views: 687

Re: Fractal Federation

My universe is 600 years into the future. They have terraformed Venus and Mars, there are 100 billion people living on Earth and over a billion living on space stations. There is a new world government called Fractal Federation. They have immortality, artificial intelligences (sentient and non-sent...
by elemtilas
Fri 15 Jun 2018, 00:51
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1243
Views: 80044

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

Ælfwine wrote:
Thu 14 Jun 2018, 19:47
Well, I bought a $1,200 gaming computer. Better be worth it.

I'm looking for a decent monitor for it at the moment, hopefully it is fine.
So, what's special about a $1200 gaming computer?
by elemtilas
Wed 13 Jun 2018, 00:56
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Tukiri: The Aggressively Optimistic Post-Apocalypse
Replies: 15
Views: 779

Re: Tukiri: The Aggressively Optimistic Post-Apocalypse

For me it’s not ruined. But I do want to read more of the author’s words! When I saw that tinzin had replied, I was rather hoping to find exactly this, more about the world itself! I was rather disappointed to discover that the month-out-of-date "ecclesiastical council", which tinzin himself partic...