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  1. Vorak

    Vorak Administrator Staff Member

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    If I owned my own train (yes the opportunity has come up) could I legally use the state railway system or not?
     
  2. Blinky969

    Blinky969 Active Member

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    In America I believe you could use the railway, but you would have to pay fees to the company that owned the rails. I assume where you come from the question is whether the state rails are public or if they are government use only.
     
  3. wobbler

    wobbler Well-Known Member

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    I would think not, but maybe you can.

    It all have to be scheudled anyway, to prevent accidents.

    But I support you.
     
  4. The_Bob

    The_Bob Administrator Staff Member

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    WOW. What the hell have you been smoking ?
     
  5. frosted ambassador

    frosted ambassador New Member

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    What're you getting at?
     
  6. wobbler

    wobbler Well-Known Member

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    The_Bob, Mostly I'm tired. Need sleep, don't think.


    @frosted

    who the fuck are you, if you pardon the language.
     
  7. Grakelin

    Grakelin New Member

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    Yeah frosted, who the fuck are you. Walking into a forum and saying something without making sure everybody present knows your name, age, and social insurance number is like walking up to a restaurant table and sitting down with a family. Like what the fuck, if you pardon the language.
     
  8. Xiao_Caity

    Xiao_Caity New Member

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    Interesting. Apparently he's posted enough to qualify as an 'Expert' *snicker*, yet none of us know him. He's a Deus ex Machina, maybe?
     
  9. papa_dog_1999

    papa_dog_1999 Well-Known Member

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    Agreed. That's the way it works in the US. And, of course, right-of-way goes to whoever owned the tracks you were leasing.
     
  10. Philes

    Philes Well-Known Member

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    Pretty sure this particular situation isn't really an example of Deus ex Machina at all. The mysterious 55 poster is not resolving or fixing a problem at the last minute or with any sense of suspension of disbelief.

    Not trying to be nit-picky, but little things like this bother me. Such as when people say "I literally shit my pants!" when they, in fact, did not shit their pants at all.

    This sort of post is exactly why I shouldn't post at like 2am local time.
     
  11. Xiao_Caity

    Xiao_Caity New Member

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    Deus ex Machina literally translated to 'God in the Machine'. Not sure when it became the phrase used for really poor plot twists, but it originally referred to the rapidly increasing complexity of technology.

    (And this post is why people should do their research before they piss me off. I get clever at them.)
     
  12. Silvara

    Silvara New Member

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    Uh, what? That expression has been used to mean cheap plot twists since antiquity... the "god from a machine" in question referred to a plot device used by Greek playwrights whereby a complicated or messy plot would be resolved by having a god appear from nowhere and solving everything (the machine was the one used to lower the actor playing the god into the stage).
     
  13. Grakelin

    Grakelin New Member

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    As an actor, I second what Silvara said, as I was about to say the same thing.

    Though, the irony burns my insides like a fire. I'm not sure HOW you figured that Deus ex Machina had any correlation to the rapidly increasing complexity of technology, especially since it's Latin, and in times when people used Latin in day-to-day conversation the most complex machines were catapults. Deus ex Machine is currently, always has been, and always will be a way to describe a sucky plot twist.

    Also, even by your definition, I don't see how frosted is a Deus ex Machina. It makes no sense to me. He's a technology rapidly increasing in complexity?

    (And this post and the one above it is why people should do their research before claiming to have done their research.)
     
  14. Frigo

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    It'd be truly an awesome idea to apply this concept to the fast spread of technology in Arcanum, though.
     
  15. papa_dog_1999

    papa_dog_1999 Well-Known Member

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    Xiao_Caity New Member

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    ... Damn you, Mr. Fairfax! My literature teacher assured me that was what it meant. ARGH!

    Yet another reason for me to loathe school.
     
  17. Philes

    Philes Well-Known Member

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    Silvara, coming in to prove me mostly correct! This is why you should post over here more often.

    Xiao, you are right in the literal translation, but often those are meaningless compared to accepted use. And Latin is pretty effed-up anyway.

    Right, okay. Sure. Let me know how that works out for you.
     
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    Starts at trains, moves to noob flames to noob flaming to a full force shut down of the dangers of literal latin translation, with a works cited.

    That's brutal; all from an unknown being sarcastic.
    Wonder who'll yell at me for word use...
     
  19. Philes

    Philes Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, we're all basically pretty awesome.
     
  20. DarkFool

    DarkFool Nemesis of the Ancients

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    Frosted speaks from time to time, usually with something useful.
     
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