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by Torco
23 Jul 2021 08:47
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Kabu, more sentient elephants
Replies: 9
Views: 1418

Re: The Kabu, more sentient elephants

that's an extremely metal way of saying leather
by Torco
22 Jul 2021 23:39
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Magical Economics
Replies: 18
Views: 2835

Re: Magical Economics

I think my problem with magic is not magic but the concept of magic. I was reading this thread and at one point Salmoneus lists obviously magical things and someone asks 'why do you consider those things magic' and, obviously, after the first "of course they're magic silly" moment I had to...
by Torco
22 Jul 2021 06:34
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Kabu, more sentient elephants
Replies: 9
Views: 1418

Re: The Kabu, more sentient elephants

I never noticed some people wrote it aioli! my grandma always said alioli <she taught me the recipe> and I guess my brain always corrected the word to the form I know. but yeah, garlic and olive oil just stirred up until it becomes an emulsion similar to mayo. I don't think a Slon would be very happ...
by Torco
22 Jul 2021 06:32
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Kabu, more sentient elephants
Replies: 9
Views: 1418

Re: The Kabu, more sentient elephants

I never noticed some people wrote it aioli! my grandma always said alioli <she taught me the recipe> and I guess my brain always corrected the word to the form I know. but yeah, garlic and olive oil just stirred up until it becomes an emulsion similar to mayo. I don't think a Slon would be very happ...
by Torco
22 Jul 2021 06:32
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Kabu, more sentient elephants
Replies: 9
Views: 1418

Re: The Kabu, more sentient elephants

I never noticed some people wrote it aioli! my grandma always said alioli <she taught me the recipe> and I guess my brain always corrected the word to the form I know. but yeah, garlic and olive oil just stirred up until it becomes an emulsion similar to mayo. I don't think a Slon would be very happ...
by Torco
19 Jul 2021 19:22
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Silicon-based life
Replies: 25
Views: 3064

Re: Silicon-based life

@Torco, thanks for your answer, it got me thinking. If I research silicon compounds, I can come up with things sort of analogous to wood, bug shells, and the like, I think. oh, excelsior! please do post them here, i remember once upon a time wanting to do so, but decided against it on account of I ...
by Torco
19 Jul 2021 19:02
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Kabu, more sentient elephants
Replies: 9
Views: 1418

Re: The Kabu, more sentient elephants

Thanks! It just so happens I had worked some of the gastronomy of the Kabu. I'm somewhat less certain of this, but what I did to figure out what they eat is first think about dietary preferences in general: for humans, there's a few spectra that I think are relevant: more vs. less calorie dense (hon...
by Torco
18 Jul 2021 21:47
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Silicon-based life
Replies: 25
Views: 3064

Re: Silicon-based life

It's pretty hard to prove a negative, but yeah, silicon life seems less likely than it seemed a while back. even if it was likely, the short answer to your question is that no one actually knows or has a lot of an idea, sadly. Think about it, how is water-carbon based life? the most we can say is &q...
by Torco
17 Jul 2021 22:50
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Kabu, more sentient elephants
Replies: 9
Views: 1418

The Kabu, more sentient elephants

A few threads on this board, in particular the one about the Tembo, have made me want to revisit my own sentient elephants. A quick contextualization: this world is a smaller rocky planet called Suenu, inhabited by humans, slon and a bunch of other animals. I don't know if there are more sentients i...
by Torco
16 Jul 2021 06:47
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: A note on urban population thresholds
Replies: 6
Views: 975

Re: A note on urban population thresholds

Apparently this is approximately equal to all unmarried men under 30. lmao makes sense tbh I have a feeling that the famed roman superiority in engineering (roads and so on) came after its consolidation as a large power. the first aqueduct is in -300, after the defeat of the samnites, and baths and...
by Torco
15 Jul 2021 05:07
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Forum News discussion/feedback thread
Replies: 857
Views: 285802

Re: Forum News discussion/feedback thread

no idea how phpbbcode works, but if that works, something this should also work. <dl style="display:inline-block;margin:0 0.3em"><dt><span style="font-weight:bold">{TEXT1}</span></dt><dd style="margin:0">{TEXT2}</dd><dd style="margin:0"><i>{TEXT3}</i></dd></dl...
by Torco
15 Jul 2021 04:56
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Reflected Communist Bachelors with Spin 1/2 are All Wet
Replies: 1
Views: 729

Re: Reflected Communist Bachelors with Spin 1/2 are All Wet

sure, i'll go for a few

los solteros reflejados y comunistas que tienen espín un medio están todos mojados

avec le Spin 1/2, tous les celibataires communistes reflechis sont mouilles
by Torco
09 Jul 2021 09:14
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Tembo: A Race of Sapient Elephants
Replies: 35
Views: 2353

Re: The Tembo: A Race of Sapient Elephants

responsible pilots file their tusks
by Torco
09 Jul 2021 05:23
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: A note on urban population thresholds
Replies: 6
Views: 975

Re: A note on urban population thresholds

It was informative and thought-provoking. I especially like the typology of cities, and I'll use it. I've lately been marinating an idea regarding this very thing. I don't swear by it, but this is it: What if it's not about agricultural productivity, but political effectiveness that drives this? The...
by Torco
06 Jul 2021 06:40
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Tembo: A Race of Sapient Elephants
Replies: 35
Views: 2353

Re: The Tembo: A Race of Sapient Elephants

Yeah, I remember doing some similar math back in the day, and cities don't work out. even towns start being things you go to, as opposed to places you live and then commute to your farm. the densities have the disadvantages you mention and they're perhaps even worse for elephants, since it takes the...
by Torco
03 Jul 2021 07:04
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Tembo: A Race of Sapient Elephants
Replies: 35
Views: 2353

Re: The Tembo: A Race of Sapient Elephants

Torco: to be fair, although humans come from Africa, we didn't develop agiculture until we'd left it. sure, but if all you get is africa, you can make it work there. for all we know the egyptians came up with wheat. I agree, africa's not the most agriculturalizable terrain, but it's not too bad. Th...
by Torco
02 Jul 2021 10:58
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: On making a conscript that doesn't suck.
Replies: 114
Views: 36127

Re: On making a conscript that doesn't suck.

oh come on, most works of art are so so, it shouldn't be a surprise of if conscripts followed this trend too. take the latin alphabet; lame overall, but it has a vast history, different ways to write it which mean different things, uppercase and lowercase which is funky af, cursive, a bunch of lette...
by Torco
02 Jul 2021 10:25
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Tembo: A Race of Sapient Elephants
Replies: 35
Views: 2353

Re: The Tembo: A Race of Sapient Elephants

Humans also come from the African savanna, and we learned agriculture just fine. elephants, of course, would practice a different kind of agriculture, but they have good reason to cultivate. what we humans did is we adopted an increasingly diverse and diet as we became cleverer, and extended into ma...
by Torco
30 Jun 2021 08:28
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Combat scenes and Misunderstood
Replies: 16
Views: 2578

Re: Combat scenes and Misunderstood

fair enough on the point, yeah, it does seem as if latin america sort of really went crazy for nylon strings, whereas north america kept both. steel strings aren't even all that rare these days here, they're just mostly used on electroacoustics and electrics, since pickups need them. while you *can*...
by Torco
29 Jun 2021 20:19
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Other Creativity
Replies: 1287
Views: 266669

Re: Other Creativity

I just spent 12 hours straight (though the night) making this I've been finding a lot of the melodic parts of my writing seem to convey a sense of yearning (to me at least), so I made this one about friends and partners that live far away and the various feelings that come with it, like loneliness ...