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Guy captures the moment a river cuts a new channel to the ocean

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Wayne Easton braved the elements to capture an interesting natural phenomenon: the Mahlongwa River in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa breaching its bank and cutting a channel to the Indian Ocean. Part two is below: (more…)

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Agrarian societies in popular media: everyone working together in peace and harmony because...

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Agrarian societies in popular media: everyone working together in peace and harmony because community is what really matters.

Agrarian societies in real life: lawsuit over allegations that somebody moved a rock six inches to the left that takes three generations to resolve.

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Any time somebody brings up the claim that the German language has words for everything, somebody...

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Any time somebody brings up the claim that the German language has words for everything, somebody will inevitably point that that’s just how German works: you can glue nouns together to create a single word where English would use a phrase, so German having lots of words with very specific meanings is no more remarkable than English having lots of phrases with very specific meanings.

That’s true as far as it goes, but I think it’s overlooking the really fun part.

A lot of those glued-together words have meanings that aren’t simply the sum of the meanings of the words that comprise them. Again, this is not remarkable; English has phrases whose meanings aren’t obviously derived from the words they contain, too - they’re called idioms. In English, idioms are phrases by definition, but since German can produce single words that play the role that phrases do in English, German can have single-word idioms. Straightforward.

Now here’s the fun part: this being the case, it’s technically correct to say that the German language has words whose meaning cannot be derived from their meaning.

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kirjotusvihe: prokopetz: Little-Known Gods and Spirits #137: the Wyrms of Service, twin dragons who...

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prokopetz:

Little-Known Gods and Spirits #137: the Wyrms of Service, twin dragons who may be invoked to enforce the absolute letter of a contract. They will vigorously enforce any terms regardless of their fairness or legality, but have no power in the presence of a serving judge or magistrate, and may be warded off by reciting legal codes - it doesn’t matter which laws - in a loud, firm voice.

That pun is absolutely horrible.

…Now I kinda want to only use gods whose names are puns in my games.

Other spirits and divine beings from the same pantheon include:

  • Mineral Wights, the ghosts of ancient kings who litigate endlessly with the dwarves over rightful ownership of the Earth’s riches
  • Restraining Ogres, who ensure that sacred places are not profaned by the presence of the unworthy
  • The Statue of Limitations, a great stern-faced monolith that offers absolution from any sin in exchange for years of one’s life
  • Vermin of Proof, not so much a entity as an infestation, which consume and destroy anything whose existence is undocumented
  • Voir Deer, which judge and find wanting

(The rites and observances of these and other entities are left as an exercise for the reader.)

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Alternatives to villainous redemption arcs:Revealed that villain’s schemes secretly served the...

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Alternatives to villainous redemption arcs:

  • Revealed that villain’s schemes secretly served the greater good, somehow

  • Villain switches teams out of expedience; protagonists overlook the fact that they’re still a huge jerk because they now benefit from it

  • Context or status quo altered so that villain’s previously harmful actions become constructive and useful with no changes on their part

  • It turns out that villain wasn’t actually responsible for the one specific thing the protagonists are trying to stop or get revenge for; everything else they clearly did do conveniently ignored

  • Villain never repents or makes amends for any of the awful stuff they did, but they’re really hot, so no one cares
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prokopetz: prokopetz: “Who the hell are you?” “Headquarters sent me to assist you.” “Headquarters...

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prokopetz:

prokopetz:

“Who the hell are you?”

“Headquarters sent me to assist you.”

“Headquarters knows I work alone.”

“I’m not here as your operational partner, ma’am. I’m here as your legal advisor.”

“My legal advisor?“

“Ma’am, do you realise you unnecessarily violated over fifty local, state and international statutes in the course of your most recent operation?”

“They’ve seriously sent you to –“

“Among other things: kidnapping, grand larceny, aggravated assault –“

“Now hold on just a –”

“– public indecency, unlicensed operation of heavy machinery, desecration of a protected cultural heritage site –“

“Desecration of a what?“

“– contributing to the delinquency of a minor, breach of fiduciary duty, and violation of the Endangered Species Act.“

“… that bird had it coming.”

“Mm.”

“… on to item thirty-seven: abuse of a corpse –”

“In my defence, I didn’t know he was already dead when I got there.”

“Ah. Well, then. Allow me to revise - item thirty-seven: attempted murder –”

“Oh, come on!”

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