Ominous-Spud

The Lord of the Nords joined

In Egypt's sandy silence, all alone, Stands a gigantic Leg, which far off throws The only shadow that the Desert knows:— "I am great OZYMANDIAS," saith the stone,"The King of Kings; this mighty City shows"The wonders of my hand."— The City's gone,— Nought but the Leg remaining to disclose The site of this forgotten Babylon. We wonder,—and some Hunter may express Wonder like ours, when thro' the wilderness Where London stood, holding the Wolf in chace, He meets some fragment huge, and stops to guess What powerful but unrecorded race Once dwelt in that annihilated place

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Ominous-Spud @ Damn

This one got me.

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Ominous-Spud @ Don't get hungry in a combat zone, bring tactical snickers.

This is largely true in NZ. We have shortages in the most ridiculous sectors. Logistics, construction (skilled laborers), fisheries...

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Ominous-Spud @ Unite the Right - Charlottesville August 12

Although we work better in the shadows, and I am not fond of many of the alt-right (((figureheads))), it is interesting to see a full blown collision between elements of the New Right (for lack of a better term) and the mainstream right.

A potential wheat from chaff situation.

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Ominous-Spud @ Don't get hungry in a combat zone, bring tactical snickers.

Confirmed, the Nazis were just misunderstood DJs.

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Ominous-Spud @ Ominous-Spud

Could be better, could be worse. But overall things are going well. Good to hear you're enjoying your holidays.

You're in SA? What country exactly?

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Ominous-Spud @ Ominous-Spud

Nah, no holidays until end of October. We only just started semester 2.

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Ominous-Spud @ Triskaphobia is realz.

Valve's game dev sector is practically dead, at best they develop proof of concepts for upcoming hardware...
They're the largest distribution platform for PC games by a country mile, and a multi-billion dollar company because of it, there's no reason for them to risk the investment.

There will be no Half-Life 3 or Source 2.5/3 other than maitaining the visuals of their current titles that net massive profits due to their persistent economies. Lets not forget that many of their previous games were essentially official adaptations of popular mods.

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Ominous-Spud @ Ominous-Spud

Hey mate, yeah I'm still around. I am doing well, studying most of the time, working the rest. How about yourself? Holding up well?

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Ominous-Spud @ Well s*it...

This is likely part of the problem... but the fly-by-wire is meant to allow for the modelling of the characteristics of a wide range of aircraft, right up to Tu-160 level, it's supposed to be complicated... it's even directly programmable if I recall. Probably too complex and unnecessary for export purposes though.

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Ominous-Spud @ Well s*it...

Hmmm, indeed, seems I spoke out of turn. Somehow had missed them.
Teething issues? Not so healthy for exports though.

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Ominous-Spud @ Schützen

There is so much yes with this game... even just from the concept art.

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Ominous-Spud @ TOS Deployed in Syria

Youtu.be
They've been in Syria for awhile.

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Ominous-Spud @ The Great Commission.

Constantinople was indeed a tragedy. Byzantium was never quite the same after that, guarding against both Western and Eastern flanks proved too much for that once powerful empire, quickly over taken by the tenacious and formidable Ottomans.

Yes, that's the man. I highly recommend him, he's co-authored and authored several pieces of literature, and has done extensive work on Italian Republicanism and the rise of city states, which I intend to read at some point. Those city states were fascinating, as was early Republicanism. I can probably thank Ezio Auditore for my interest in the era.

Politics/IR theory and Russian are my majors, but I thought I'd dabble in Medieval European History so as to give myself a solid historical background for better understanding today's political dilemmas.

Thank you, and likewise Joshua. I feel this quote is relatable to the conversation, although rather less academic in origin:
“... a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”
― George R.R. Martin's Tyrion Lannister.

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Ominous-Spud @ Oops, sorry!

Also, you know that White House? It's not the original.

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Ominous-Spud @ The Great Commission.

Oh you're spot on with all if this. I may have been a little unclear in my post. The Crusades themselves, the defense of Europa, could never have happened without the church's call. It was intentional by the Papacy to mobilise Christians in a fight against the hostile force of Islam. But it's purpose had to be sugar coated so that the common man could grasp the gravity of a Crusade. Indulgences played a huge role in Christian life, because the Apocalypse was tomorrow, and if not tomorrow, the day after. The lords, nobles, and kings played a critical role, as they too were compelled to join the crusades because of the indulgences that the Pope was granting. They were deeply troubled by their own actions, because violence against a fellow Christian was entirely unlawful, and they likely thought themselves doomed to hell.

The indulgences quickly morphed into plenary indulgence, unintended by the Church, but a massive driving factor behind the numbers of Europeans who joined in.
Politically Europe was adrift, but its unity under Christianity was what was to be, ironically, its salvation.

By the IV Crusade Europa was in a far safer position than it had been in 1096, and the Innocent III crusades were about reclaiming papal power that had been lost to the Holy Roman Empire. Twisted and corrupted it lead to the sacking of Constantinople, one of the greatest acts of betrayal to the Christian Byzantines and Orthodox Church and a massive blow to any hopes of ecumenical restoration.

My sources were resources related to papers taken last semester, taught by the excellent Dr. Chris Jones.

Introduction to Medieval Europe 300–1500 2nd Edition Amazon.com
'Indulgences, Crusades' from Andrea: Books.google.co.nz
A half-decent podcast: Bbc.co.uk

I am of the belief that the first Crusades should be taught with the same reverence that the fight against Nazism was.

I agree with your source too, Stefan does an excellent cursory examination of the Crusades, and introduces us to ideas that have been buried in primary education in the name of tolerance and vibrant diversity.

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Ominous-Spud @ Well s*it...

Interesting...

The Russian's have been flying them for awhile now, no such issues on their end.

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Ominous-Spud @ The Great Commission.

The Crusades would never have happened without Pope Urban II's call for liberation of the Holy Land, and the plenary indulgence that Crusading became associated with. Christian upon Christian violence was so rife throughout Europe at the time that any form of unified front to the Islamic invasion was impossible from a purely political perspective. Centralized power existed in only the most minimal of forms, unrecognizable from traditional state structure of today.

It was the purely religious motivation of the time that drove the Crusades...

Right up until Innocent III attempted to reform the church due to the Papacy's waning power at the time. The 4th Crusade's mobilization was in itself Innocent's biggest success, it mattered little that Venetian interests were what helmed it.

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Ominous-Spud @ The Great Commission.

Just trolling, λpone. Not used to seeing you have a serious discussion about anything.

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Ominous-Spud @ The Great Commission.

Kek: Independent.co.uk

Oh no.

Whatever shall we do.

They've given us so much.

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Ominous-Spud @ Political quiz results.

A lot of the questions were a little "loaded" so to speak. Being a traditional realist when it comes to inter-state politics the question on warfare in the name of defense was both a yes and no for me. In the case of aggression, then warfare is absolutely justified for defense. But preemptive aggression in the name of defense is never justified. Otherwise there were a few others which tended to box in the subject matter a little too much for my liking.

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Ominous-Spud @ Political quiz results.

My result: 8values.github.io
Note, I may have had a little to much to drink at the time of writing. I saw you post this and thought I'd give it a go.

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Ominous-Spud @ Talk about rotten luck....

RIP wallet.

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Ominous-Spud @ Humor, satire, parody

I'm afraid it's the result of political and societal polarization, the radical-left are embracing the Communists, the radical-right are embracing the Nazis. Dialogue is dead.

Talking of Commies and Nazis, the new Metro game looks fantastic. terrible humor plug to stay relevant.

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Ominous-Spud @ Modding Takes Another Hit

The social media backlash has already been fairly severe. Steam reviews are plummeting into the red as well.

Something I didn't mention in the description is that OpenIV is about as fundamental to GTA as something like Skyrim Script Extender is to Skyrim. This is generally being considered an attack on modding R* games as a whole, not just this tool in particular.

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Ominous-Spud @ Swedish soldier during an exercise.

Dem blue eyes doe.

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Ominous-Spud @ I won 1v1 tier VI tournament in WoT!!!

Wow nicely done man, what was the prize?

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Ominous-Spud @ <:-)

I saw this, was this an edit or actually a thing?

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