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edited 11th Apr '18 6:31:51 PM by dRoy

MorwenEdhelwen Aussie Tolkien freak from Sydney, Australia
Aussie Tolkien freak
Apr 4th 2013 at 10:02:45 PM

[up] Yeah, a shortening charm or something.

The road goes ever on. -Tolkien
alethiophile Shadowed Philosopher from ňa
Shadowed Philosopher
Apr 4th 2013 at 10:08:45 PM

Inverse stilts? tongue

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dRoy Ready to Rant from The Happy Place Relationship Status: A cockroach, nothing can kill it.
Ready to Rant
Apr 5th 2013 at 5:13:50 AM

Okay, so the whole thing is implausible, got it.

Mother of god...You turned one of the hardest and best Champions into an absolute joke. - Zelenal
Apr 5th 2013 at 7:10:54 AM

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

dRoy Ready to Rant from The Happy Place Relationship Status: A cockroach, nothing can kill it.
Ready to Rant
Apr 5th 2013 at 7:20:21 AM

What? No, why are you under such impression? That was just my neutral reaction.

Mother of god...You turned one of the hardest and best Champions into an absolute joke. - Zelenal
Apr 5th 2013 at 8:21:19 AM

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.

SabresEdge Show an affirming flame from a defense-in-depth
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Apr 5th 2013 at 8:48:23 AM

As far as disguises go, though, changing your height is one of the toughies.

Charlie Stross's cheerful, optimistic predictions for 2017, part one of three.
Apr 5th 2013 at 10:19:28 AM

[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.

dRoy Ready to Rant from The Happy Place Relationship Status: A cockroach, nothing can kill it.
Ready to Rant
Apr 5th 2013 at 12:01:06 PM

@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.

Mother of god...You turned one of the hardest and best Champions into an absolute joke. - Zelenal
Apr 5th 2013 at 12:07:22 PM

[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.

MorwenEdhelwen Aussie Tolkien freak from Sydney, Australia
Aussie Tolkien freak
Apr 6th 2013 at 4:53:07 AM

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
Apr 6th 2013 at 9:39:08 PM

Would it be possible to damage, or even destroy, a tank with a 50-caliber machine gun?

SabresEdge Show an affirming flame from a defense-in-depth
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Apr 6th 2013 at 9:52:46 PM

[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.

Charlie Stross's cheerful, optimistic predictions for 2017, part one of three.
Apr 7th 2013 at 4:34:21 PM

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.

dRoy Ready to Rant from The Happy Place Relationship Status: A cockroach, nothing can kill it.
Ready to Rant
Apr 7th 2013 at 5:55:35 PM

A footstool?

Mother of god...You turned one of the hardest and best Champions into an absolute joke. - Zelenal
LoniJay from Australia Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
Apr 7th 2013 at 9:47:18 PM

I go to Catholic churches rather than Anglican, but maybe a table or a stand full of pamphlets?

Be not afraid...
DeMarquis Who Am I? from Hell, USA Relationship Status: Buried in snow, waiting for spring
Who Am I?
Apr 8th 2013 at 7:01:08 AM

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.

"Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud."
dRoy Ready to Rant from The Happy Place Relationship Status: A cockroach, nothing can kill it.
Ready to Rant
Apr 8th 2013 at 7:42:59 AM

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

Mother of god...You turned one of the hardest and best Champions into an absolute joke. - Zelenal
cityofmist turning and turning from Meanwhile City
turning and turning
Apr 8th 2013 at 8:12:52 AM

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
DeMarquis Who Am I? from Hell, USA Relationship Status: Buried in snow, waiting for spring
Who Am I?
Apr 8th 2013 at 1:57:22 PM

There are a few examples here. It's an inversion of the "I regret nothing!" trope.

"Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud."
Apr 8th 2013 at 2:57:33 PM

@d Roy, Loni & De Marquis: Thanks for the input. It's definitely helped me move forward.

MCE Grin and tonic from Elsewhere
Grin and tonic
Apr 8th 2013 at 3:17:33 PM

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.

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dRoy Ready to Rant from The Happy Place Relationship Status: A cockroach, nothing can kill it.
Ready to Rant
Apr 8th 2013 at 3:18:11 PM

[up][up][up] I did not know it was a trope in itself. Interesting.

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

Mother of god...You turned one of the hardest and best Champions into an absolute joke. - Zelenal
Apr 8th 2013 at 4:29:14 PM

[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.

DeMarquis Who Am I? from Hell, USA Relationship Status: Buried in snow, waiting for spring
Who Am I?
Apr 8th 2013 at 6:30:26 PM

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

"Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud."

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