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Forum: B5.world October 31st 17, 13:29
Replies: 19
Views: 496
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Re: The Wind Swords

Well, everything is physical.. including stuff we don't know about. :) And these critters sure seem to be at the far end of physical...

...especially when angered. That's the point where I recall...
Forum: B5.world October 30th 17, 23:47
Replies: 19
Views: 496
Posted By puzzle
Re: The Wind Swords

Re: How does one poison a being capable of passing through material obstacles, or leaving part of themselves, capable in some way of functioning, into another creature's mind?

Well, maybe the...
Forum: Non-B5 books, TV & films October 6th 17, 21:46
Replies: 2
Views: 294
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Re: LotR (not the one :P )

Not only positions, mind you. :) He bothered to build an almost usable Elvish language (and broad swathes of history to accompany it)... just to support the books, and then used only tiny bits. :D...
Forum: Non-B5 books, TV & films October 4th 17, 22:15
Replies: 2
Views: 294
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LotR (not the one :P )

Apparently, I'm going around in circles. But this time I took a detour and went off the previous track.

I'd tried reading the Lord of the Rings a while back, and it never clicked... as for the...
Forum: B5.personnel August 6th 17, 16:18
Replies: 23
Views: 1,811
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Re: RIP Stephen Furst :(

Sad to hear. :( And even more so, because it probably could have been avoided (somehow). But statistics tends to be so that avoidable things also happen eventually... :(
Forum: B5.world May 9th 17, 22:38
Replies: 20
Views: 1,792
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Re: What do you want?

There was a fanfiction story I once read that simply presumed that those critters knew how to safey evacuate a consciousness from its physical medium, and would have likely offered such insurance to...
Forum: B5.world February 19th 17, 23:19
Replies: 99
Views: 8,204
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Re: Is it time to go beyond the rim?

...compared to other communicatons channels, I rather like forums, but yes, this forum is next to abandoned, and forums are (relatively) high-maintenance because somebody has to keep the software...
Forum: B5.personnel September 30th 12, 23:02
Replies: 19
Views: 6,078
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Re: Passing of Michael O'Hare

Sad to hear... and not much useful to say. I wonder though, why do I expect there to be something *useful* to say... can't be. :(
Forum: B5.world November 27th 08, 17:47
Replies: 43
Views: 22,929
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Re: EpDis: A Distant Star

That's precisely how I would explain it.

Sure enough, if your jump engines work (I'm not sure if Cortez had them functional or not) you can pop out into normal space... and go home by the long...
Forum: B5.related June 6th 08, 16:06
Replies: 10
Views: 3,653
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Re: HOw would the Shadows and others in the B5 yniverse stack up against those in the

That however, might be impossible in settings where causality has a stronger presence.

And even if causality were discounted, the "Excession" thingy from the Culture stories would have a few...
Forum: B5.related May 24th 08, 22:03
Replies: 10
Views: 3,653
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Re: HOw would the Shadows and others in the B5 yniverse stack up against those in the

Another fictional world to get interesting combinations with, might be that of the Culture (by Iain M. Banks)

Unlike the civilizations depicted in Babylon 5, which are fairly homogenous in the...
Forum: B5.related May 18th 08, 20:24
Replies: 61
Views: 10,929
Posted By puzzle
Re: Which ship would win? A Borg cube or a Shadow vessel?

Indeed, Excalibur and Victory destroyed a Drakh-made version of the Shadow planetkiller - more specifically its command center, while the rest of the planetkiller self-destructed. (The assembly by...
Forum: B5.related May 15th 08, 13:30
Replies: 61
Views: 10,929
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Re: Which ship would win? A Borg cube or a Shadow vessel?

With regard to Shadows, they don't seem particularly keen on defense.

They don't appear to rely on heavy armour or impressive fields. Concentrated fire from the weapons of the younger species can...
Forum: B5.world April 14th 08, 20:39
Replies: 7
Views: 1,642
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Re: Inside A Shadow Ship?

Do they travel in standard-issue Shadow vessels? I suppose they might, often enough. In that case, I somewhat doubt if they require a humanoid CPU to pilot the thing. They probably wouldn't...
Forum: B5.world March 29th 08, 19:32
Replies: 49
Views: 5,556
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Re: First Ones Mysteries - exchanges of ideas needed

In my opinion, they are certaintly either telepathic or capable of being immaterial, and likely both.

Here's why I think so:

If they were fully material (not capable of avoiding collision with...
Forum: B5.world September 25th 07, 18:19
Replies: 57
Views: 17,134
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Re: EpDis: Dust To Dust

Edit: oops, I notice that Galahad already made a very similar guess. Well, I'll keep mine around too, no point in deleting it.


Kosh may have been trying to convey a message to Londo personally....
Forum: B5.world September 25th 07, 17:55
Replies: 45
Views: 9,492
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Re: Why Is Earthforce Still Using Star Furies?

B5 was designed to house and launch Starfuries.

Re-engineering launch bays might require shedding and reattaching chunks of station exterior... which is unlikely to be nice and smooth, if the...
Forum: B5.world September 19th 07, 18:30
Replies: 42
Views: 8,226
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Re: The Gathering - Vorlon Question

Well, nobody except old enemies (and perhaps old allies, but Humans were neither) really knew the capability of their ships, or their available numbers.

Since the purpose of showing up was in...
Forum: B5.world September 11th 07, 15:40
Replies: 447
Views: 77,321
Posted By puzzle
Re: B5:TLT - Show Discussion Thread (Spoilers)

A prank-loving telepath or technomage could have pulled it off without a companion creature.

Chemical reactions, holographic fire, psychology backed by audiovisual tricks... if a technomage was at...
Forum: B5.world September 11th 07, 11:28
Replies: 447
Views: 77,321
Posted By puzzle
Re: B5:TLT - Show Discussion Thread (Spoilers)

Waiting for surface mail from Canada to Europe, whatever mysterious routes it does take.

I'm however happy to announce its arrival. :p So I guess it came by ship across the Atlantic, instead of...
Forum: B5.world September 11th 07, 10:54
Replies: 37
Views: 7,722
Posted By puzzle
Re: B5:TLT, Success or Failure

I selected option 2.
I watched and liked it - looking forward to new stories.

Sure, if they had possessed more time, employed more crew to build detailed 3D models of station interiors, and...
Forum: B5.personnel June 25th 07, 14:26
Replies: 127
Views: 22,443
Posted By puzzle
Re: Is JMS a Scientologist?

Not their beliefs. Merely their habit of manipulating others to their own profit and others' detriment.

Yes, it's easier... and more fashionable. But that's life - and I never said life was...
Forum: B5.personnel June 25th 07, 13:45
Replies: 127
Views: 22,443
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Re: Is JMS a Scientologist?

A person deserves respectful treatment, if they don't harm others - except in return for harm done to themselves, or in return for harm done to another person who didn't provoke it either.

...
Forum: B5.personnel June 25th 07, 00:59
Replies: 127
Views: 22,443
Posted By puzzle
Re: Is JMS a Scientologist?

But deservingness is a result of behaviour.

Case in point: if I saw a Christian "converting" someone by lead and gunpowder (like the fashion was in old days - or with sword and fire, like the...
Forum: B5.personnel June 24th 07, 19:53
Replies: 127
Views: 22,443
Posted By puzzle
Re: Is JMS a Scientologist?

Neither am I fond of wasting taxpayers' money on printing brochures... but state does prohibit people from privately damaging their property, or privately harrassing them back.

Since it prohibits...
Forum: B5.world June 18th 07, 17:36
Replies: 31
Views: 5,621
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Re: First Ones Technology

Well, the case of Archimedes from Syracuse does speak somewhat contrary to that. He was well halfway to understanding simple energy weapons, even if the only available power source was the Sun. :D
...
Forum: B5.personnel June 18th 07, 17:27
Replies: 127
Views: 22,443
Posted By puzzle
Re: Is JMS a Scientologist?

Step 0: Pick a soft target. More often than not, cults hungry to spread and make a buck, focus their recruitment effort on people who have recently experienced a personal loss, or other emotional...
Forum: B5.world June 7th 07, 20:23
Replies: 31
Views: 5,621
Posted By puzzle
Re: First Ones Technology

It should also be noted, to my understanding... that no ship of the younger races was ever seen successfully destroying a *crewed* First One ship, neither Shadow nor Vorlon.

Shadow vessels were...
Forum: B5.personnel June 7th 07, 13:03
Replies: 127
Views: 22,443
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Re: Is JMS a Scientologist?

Be happy that JMS isn't Minbari.

If he were, mere wondering about whether he might belong to such a honorless racket, would doubtless require him to challenge you with a pike (or if pikes aren't...
Forum: B5.related May 8th 07, 02:16
Replies: 14
Views: 2,509
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Re: The Techno-mages trilogy - answers & spoilers

I've seen that effect, and it's annoying. I think it happens when one composes a post for long (long enough for the HTTP session to expire). As a precaution, when posting something long, I...
Forum: B5.related May 7th 07, 19:28
Replies: 14
Views: 2,509
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Re: The Techno-mages trilogy - answers & spoilers

Well, since you can't properly steal yourself, it was obviously a patent and copyright dispute. Bloody bugs and their concept of intellectual property. :p

Sillyness set aside, from what I remember...
Forum: Non-B5 books, TV & films April 29th 07, 20:56
Replies: 20
Views: 2,264
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Re: What books or media help make you who you are today?

Many things.

Books which I:
- learnt to read with
- used to inform myself of an approximation of history
- used to inform myself of an approximation of nature
- read of plain interest, usually...
Forum: B5.world March 29th 07, 15:26
Replies: 43
Views: 16,238
Posted By puzzle
Re: EpDis: Thirdspace

It does rely on multiple references, which could be its downfall as a joke.

You need to know something about Perl (like what kind of syntax is possible in that language). Then you'll understand...
Forum: B5.world March 28th 07, 21:28
Replies: 43
Views: 16,238
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Re: EpDis: Thirdspace

Reminds me of an adaptation of a silly old joke:



(With all due apologies to people who write in Perl - it's not a bad language, it's just that great evil can be done with its syntax. ;) I'll...
Forum: B5.world February 10th 07, 00:03
Replies: 5
Views: 1,181
Posted By puzzle
Re: River of Souls

I guess it depends on which comes first: some unfortunate twist of fate destroying their media of storage, or someone appearing who has ability of extracting them to viable form.

Whether that...
Forum: B5.world January 5th 07, 18:37
Replies: 879
Views: 136,896
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Re: Actual B5:TLT News

You're probably right, and I quite likely over-emphasized the possibilities of CGI. Animating a non-humanoid character in a credible manner, it seems quite challenging and time-consuming, yes. Even...
Forum: B5.world January 5th 07, 16:46
Replies: 89
Views: 7,533
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Re: B5 - Thirdspace

Collapsing extra whitespace (spaces, tabs, carriage returns, linefeeds) is part of the HTML specification by W3C.

If I remember correctly, you can override it with the "xmp" (example) and "pre"...
Forum: B5.world January 5th 07, 16:43
Replies: 879
Views: 136,896
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Re: Actual B5:TLT News

It's a question with many compromises.

If you desire diversity, you can now create it. Past is the time of physically building models/puppets/muppets, you can go CGI and convincingly animate...
Forum: B5.world December 30th 06, 01:50
Replies: 89
Views: 7,533
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Re: B5 - Thirdspace

Now ASCII art isn't exactly the way to do drawings, but that's how I thought it occurred... :D

Before:
(ship) ....................((bomb)asteroid)

At this point, the bomb is either on the...
Forum: B5.world December 29th 06, 16:23
Replies: 89
Views: 7,533
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Re: B5 - Thirdspace

A lot of Hyperspace routes are probably bugged.

Younger races don't have ability to freely circumnavigate things in hyperspace. Seemingly because they lack a clue about something vital. Taking an...
Forum: B5.world December 29th 06, 16:09
Replies: 89
Views: 7,533
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Re: B5 - Thirdspace

The Earth planetary defense system fired missiles at the fleet directed by Sheridan. Earth Starfuries fired them at Mars domes. If I remember right, Raiders bombarded some colony with them. Also if...
Forum: B5.world December 29th 06, 03:00
Replies: 89
Views: 7,533
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Re: B5 - Thirdspace

Possibly because they weren't in a "total war", at least from their own perspective yet (after all, Vorlons were their enemy, and they weren't going directly at Vorlons) but still sought to convince...
Forum: B5.world December 29th 06, 02:04
Replies: 89
Views: 7,533
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Re: B5 - Thirdspace

It would depend on how good their genetic material's checksums are.

Our mechanisms for maintaining genetic integrity are pretty weak. The DNA molecules which carry our genes aren't known for big...
Forum: B5.world December 29th 06, 01:03
Replies: 89
Views: 7,533
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Re: B5 - Thirdspace

True, but heat (infrared radiation) has no standing mass, is easily shielded against, and is pretty poor at causing rapid motion (needed to break a ship structurally).


If so, I would be inclined...
Forum: B5.world December 28th 06, 17:03
Replies: 89
Views: 7,533
Posted By puzzle
Re: B5 - Thirdspace

I recall to have read somewhere that they were a Gaim specialty, entire 500 megatons in power. That's 10 times bigger than anything ever built on planet Earth until now.

Despite their impressive...
Forum: B5.world December 28th 06, 13:01
Replies: 89
Views: 7,533
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Re: B5 - Thirdspace

I can answer this one. Because nuclear mines don't defend a planet.

To destroy structures on a planet's surface (or to destroy the entire surface) you don't land... you bomb. Possibly with nuclear...
Forum: B5.world December 27th 06, 00:36
Replies: 89
Views: 7,533
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Re: B5 - Thirdspace

Actually, speaking of Sheridan's patented solution to problems...

...I started thinking of a cleaner solution. Minbari cruisers appear to have traction fields (referring to the incident with the...
Forum: B5.world December 24th 06, 22:57
Replies: 89
Views: 7,533
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Re: B5 - Thirdspace

I had previosly watched this story many years ago, on television. But yesterday I finally received a DVD, and re-watched it yesterday night.

The story is simple, but you can't tell a complex story...
Forum: B5.world December 20th 06, 21:51
Replies: 78
Views: 4,997
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Re: Technomages and Their Tech (implants)

It could have come from a different world than the present of the characters we saw - a world visible/accessible though the rift, but not capable of swapping out the present, since that could...
Forum: B5.world December 20th 06, 21:29
Replies: 78
Views: 4,997
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Re: Technomages and Their Tech (implants)

They probably have their doubts about messing with anything that could influence their past. Perhaps they suspect that altering the past might be capable of altering the present.

It's not a far...
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