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  1. durian

    Quake Remastered

    I finally started a full playthrough of this on my Switch and it's so GOOD! Of particular note for me is how well it handles with motion controls. Looking forward to digging into the extras once I've completed the base game. Fantastic work, Nightdive!
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    Doom Dad Jokes

    On what musical instruments is Doomguy particularly skilled?
  3. I hear Jesus saves, so it's probably okay.
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    Megalyth Brendt Pantley R.I.P

    Really sad news. My heart goes out to his wife and children.
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    The worst movie you seen

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    DW Facial Hair Census 2022

    I've grown a full beard at various points in the past, primarily due to laziness, but I like to keep my head hair and facial here in sync, and these days I can't really tolerate head hair - just find it uncomfortable - so it all comes off once a week or so.
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    Favorite Adult Beverage

    I only drink water and various non-caffeinated decoctions - not very adult! But pine-needle is probably my favourite at the moment, super tasty.
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    Elon Musk buys Twitter

    Elon Musk takes himself to be on a "mission to extend the light of consciousness"? We're in more trouble than I thought...
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    Do you believe in ghosts?

    A fair question. I guess the standard conception of ghosts is that they are non-physical entities. This conception is, I take it, informed by a broadly Abrahamic metaphysics, on which the human being is composed of a material body and an immaterial soul or spirit, which can survive the death of the body. So if we're thinking of ghosts in these terms - as loose spirits that haven't yet moved on from the physical realm - then we'll think of them as being non-physical. But suppose we affirm instead that ghosts exist and are physical. What would be wrong with that? Well, a lot of things! A ghost is supposed to be something which can persist beyond the death of the body. So, if ghosts are physical, then I should have some physical part which can survive the death of my body. Which part is it? Can you find it in a physiology textbook? But hang on, couldn't every part of my body be annihilated? Would that destroy my physical ghost, too? It seems so, but then aren't ghosts supposed to be able to survive the total destruction of the body? Hmm. Well, suppose I die nice and peacefully, will my mourners be able to watch this physical (but ghostly) part of me separating itself from the rest of my body? Well, perhaps not, if it's very small, or maybe a very thin vapor or gas. But hang on, aren't I supposed to be psychologically continuous with my ghost? So, like me, my ghost is a conscious entity, and it has all of my memories, thoughts and feelings. How could all of that psychological activity be supported by some very small physical part of my body, or by a very thin vapor or gas? After all, even if we're neutral on whether the mind is identical to the brain, we've good reason to think that they're very closely related: you don't get a mind without a brain. So is my ghost my brain? Does my brain leave my body when I die? Surely someone would notice that? I could go on, but you get the idea. Much easier to suppose that the soul is non-physical.
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    Do you believe in ghosts?

    This is the big one. A friend of mine once mentioned that she believed in ghosts after seeing one. I asked her whether ghosts either emit or reflect light. If they do neither, then she didn't see one, but if they do either then they must be physical. She got annoyed and changed the subject.
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    Do you believe in ghosts?

    You're correct with your equivalences, but incorrect in attributing an error. What I said is an instance of your first equivalence. Using your schema: << A (Ghosts exists) IMPLIES B (mind/body dualism is true) >> is logically equivalent to << NOT B (mind/body dualism is false) IMPLIES NOT A (Ghosts do not exist) >>
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    Do you believe in ghosts?

    If ghosts exist then mind/body dualism is true. But mind/body dualism is false. So no, ghosts don't exist.
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    BFG vs Archvile: One has to go.

    Bye bye Archie. The BFG is the most interesting weapon in the game. I wonder if all the folks binning it have a good grip on its quirky mechanics, since I don't understand how someone could understand the BFG and still bin it.
  14. I probably will get them framed at some point - not in a rush though, the shadow box is wall-mountable, so that'll do for now. I also ordered the Quake set - I need to figure out an effective way to get the pixel nin logo on that ammo box... Yes I had a dispatch notice and tracking number etc.
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    Doom Pictures Thread 2022

    Sorry to be the one to break it to you, but you're going mad.