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edited 8th May '14 2:40:56 PM by dRoy

 7176 Morwen Edhelwen, Thu, 4th Apr '13 10:02:45 PM from Sydney, Australia
Tolkien freak
[up] Yeah, a shortening charm or something.
The road goes ever on. -Tolkien
Shadowed Philosopher
Inverse stilts? tongue
Shinigan (Naruto fanfic)
 7178 d Roy, Fri, 5th Apr '13 5:13:50 AM Relationship Status: Hounds of love are hunting
Okay, so the whole thing is implausible, got it.

Seeking for Light
[up] Sorry, wasn't trying to come off as harsh or mocking. sad

 7180 d Roy, Fri, 5th Apr '13 7:20:21 AM Relationship Status: Hounds of love are hunting
What? No, why are you under such impression? That was just my neutral reaction.

Depends on how long he has to look short. If it's just for say a picture then there are many ways. He could stand in a hole, or go barefoot and stand next to someone in heels.

 7182 Sabre's Edge, Fri, 5th Apr '13 8:48:23 AM from Project NAIL SPIKE
As far as disguises go, though, changing your height is one of the toughies.
I might be that one witch who decides to flood the barrier with dimethylmercury.
Seeking for Light
[up][up][up] And this is why tone is important. XD In my experience, "got it" is often used to convey a degree of hurt or a feeling of being piled up on, which is why I imputed such a thing to you.

 7184 d Roy, Fri, 5th Apr '13 12:01:06 PM Relationship Status: Hounds of love are hunting
@Noc - Ah. Well, as for me "Got it" and "Ah, I see" are my default responses. XD

As for the reason why he attempts to look shorter, he just doesn't want to look intimidating.

Seeking for Light
[up] Slouching will help with that some, even though it doesn't "remove" that much height. The friend I mentioned slouches for that very reason. He's also developed a habit of over-apologizing in an attempt the mitigate any intimidation due to his height.

 7186 Morwen Edhelwen, Sat, 6th Apr '13 4:53:07 AM from Sydney, Australia
Tolkien freak
Anyone know about the Russian colonisation of Alaska? Was it likely that a Yupik woman married to a Russian (actaully Karelian) fur trader would have had an Aleut domestic servant?

The road goes ever on. -Tolkien
 7187 Tera Chimera, Sat, 6th Apr '13 9:39:08 PM from somewhere out there
Cool Celtic Composition
Would it be possible to damage, or even destroy, a tank with a 50-caliber machine gun?
"The Uncertainty Principle isn't about uncertainty and it isn't a principle; other than that, it's perfectly named." — David Van Baak
 7188 Sabre's Edge, Sat, 6th Apr '13 9:52:46 PM from Project NAIL SPIKE
[up][up]It's not particularly likely, but it's workable. My book on Siberian history does make mention of Russian settlements, although they were not mostly permanent settlements.

[up]Maybe some of the WWI or interwar-year tanks; otherwise, you might be able to smash vision blocks if you're lucky, but no more than that.
I might be that one witch who decides to flood the barrier with dimethylmercury.
Quick question: What furniture might you find at the entrance of an Anglican church that can be toppled over?

It's been awhile since I last stepped foot in one and can't remember. Here's hoping someone here can. I'd normally sort this myself but I can't find the time to head to the local church to find out and can't seem to find pictures on Google of the interior side of a church's entrance. At the moment, I've gone with a stoup though I'm aware they're not typical of Anglican churches.

The piece of furniture doesn't need to be anything complex. It's simply there to be toppled over; resulting in my character drawing the attention of the people inside the church.
 7190 d Roy, Sun, 7th Apr '13 5:55:35 PM Relationship Status: Hounds of love are hunting
A footstool?

 7191 Loni Jay, Sun, 7th Apr '13 9:47:18 PM from Australia Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
I go to Catholic churches rather than Anglican, but maybe a table or a stand full of pamphlets?
Be not afraid...
 7192 De Marquis, Mon, 8th Apr '13 7:01:08 AM from Hell, USA Relationship Status: Buried in snow, waiting for spring
Who Am I?
A vase of flowers. A podium with a guest sign-in book. A sign displaying workshops happening that day. A table with a donation basket or box for the poor. A small bookshelf, with religious literature in it.
“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”
 7193 d Roy, Mon, 8th Apr '13 7:42:59 AM Relationship Status: Hounds of love are hunting
A silly question.

What are some humorous contexts where a character would shout out "I regret everything!"?

edited 8th Apr '13 7:43:07 AM by dRoy

 7194 cityofmist, Mon, 8th Apr '13 8:12:52 AM from Meanwhile City
turning and turning
I don't understand why you would ask that. Have you just thought of the line 'I regret everything' and are looking for some excuse to use it? I can promise you that any situation that you or anyone else comes up with just so you can plausibly have someone shout out an obvious twist on what is already a cliche is not going to be very humorous.

edited 8th Apr '13 8:13:24 AM by cityofmist

Scepticism and doubt lead to study and investigation, and investigation is the beginning of wisdom.
- Clarence Darrow
 7195 De Marquis, Mon, 8th Apr '13 1:57:22 PM from Hell, USA Relationship Status: Buried in snow, waiting for spring
Who Am I?
There are a few examples here. It's an inversion of the "I regret nothing!" trope.
“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”
@d Roy, Loni & De Marquis: Thanks for the input. It's definitely helped me move forward.
 7197 MCE, Mon, 8th Apr '13 3:17:33 PM from Elsewhere
Grin and tonic
Would there be any legal repercussions of a ricocheting bullet harming the person who fired it?

In this example the person firing is police marksman or soldier, the person being fired at is covered in armor and resisted (unjustified) arrest.
 7198 d Roy, Mon, 8th Apr '13 3:18:11 PM Relationship Status: Hounds of love are hunting
[up][up][up] I did not know it was a trope in itself. Interesting.

edited 8th Apr '13 5:19:07 PM by dRoy

[up][up] First of all, to whom are you referring to? Either way, I'm unfortunately not a legal expert and so can't provide a definitive answer. However, what I can do is to help break it down a little to see if we can logic an answer.

For the first part, if an arrest is unjustified, the arresting officer will likely get some flack for it; especially if the arrest was clearly unwarranted.

Next, is the act of resisting arrest (regardless whether it was justified or not) in itself a reprimandable offense?

Lastly, was the person somehow in control of the ricochet and/or was it deliberately intended to cause harm? I suspect that here theory/textbook and practice would likely diverge. The more severe the harm that was inflicted, the likelier action will be felt needed to be taken.
 7200 De Marquis, Mon, 8th Apr '13 6:30:26 PM from Hell, USA Relationship Status: Buried in snow, waiting for spring
Who Am I?
In the US, if you are arrested and you feel the arrest was legally unjustified, you can contact a lawyer and sue the police. However, no one has the right to resist arrest. If arrested, you are supposed to go peacefully to jail, and prove your innocence later.

Regardless if the arrest is justified or not, police officers generally cannot use their weapons except when very strict criteria have been fulfilled. If the suspect was not using force to resist the arrest, and was not threatening anyone, then the police would not be justified in using deadly force in stopping them (this is as much to protect bystanders as the suspect). No shooting fleeing suspects in the back.

I dont know that bullet ricocheting has any impact on the situation, esp. if the only person struck was the officer who fired it.

edited 8th Apr '13 6:32:03 PM by DeMarquis

“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”
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