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room topic changed to Cog/Diss: General discussion — both on and off topic, but please be nice (no tags)
Cog/Diss is named after Cognitive Dissidents, a bar in William Gibson's Bridge trilogy.
Let's not discuss what happened to Mos Eisley in here; please take that to Meta.
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8:38 AM
Cool ^_^ I can now make this a squirrel-free room mwa ha ha
Before we turn over a new leaf once and for all, allow me to get just one thing off my chest.
I really don't like Man of Steel, or any of the DCEU for that matter.
OK, good, I feel better. New leaf turned, let's never speak of this again.
SQB has added an event to this room's schedule.‌​
Let me also state that whatever happens, I want this movie night to happen :)
Q: Short Story About an Immortal Looking for a Wife

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Q: Do the children survive in Snowpiercer?

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Q: How far does 'The Known Universe' extend?

Nu'DaqIn the Dune series, have humans colonized planets in galaxies other than the Milky Way?

Q: Short story space liner materializes, almost self destructs

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Q: Which superheroes went to Agartha?

peterormeAs I remember it, some superhero comic featured the mythical city of Agartha. I think, in this version, it was a city tucked away in some mountains, maybe under some sort of shield or dome? I can't remember whether the heroes had a base there of if they were trying to protect it. I've been ...

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Q: Why can't you change your reason to close after making a close vote?

KyloRenI voted to close on this question, Back to the future, A couple of things im confued about. I made a mistake and voted as Not Clear What you are asking, when I wanted to vote as Too Broad, so I retracted my vote, but then I was not allowed to place a vote. In regards to other questions and comme...

Q: Do we need "science-fiction-genre" tag?

I Love YouThese days, whenever I ask a history-of question, next minute I find Gallifreyan (and always Gallifreyan :)) has added the science-fiction-genre tag. A quick glance at the science-fiction-genre tag shows that it is always there on history-of questions. Do we really need such redundancy?

Q: Should we make this answer Community Wiki?

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Q: My apologies. Mos Eisley closure

ValorumDuring a conversation on chat yesterday I used words and phrases that resulted in a chat flag. This resulted in my receiving a(nother) chat-ban and the suspension of the Mos Eisley chatroom. I'd like to offer my apologies to the site's users. It was not my intention to cause offence. In hindsi...

Q: Why did our main chat, Mos Eisley, get frozen this time?

MoozMos Eisley is currently frozen, apparantly indefinitely. I assume it has something to do with the users mentioned in @Shog9's banner, but can we be told at least in concept what happened in our room to make it get frozen again? Please bear in mind that this involves users being banned, so the u...

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8:47 AM
What happened to Mos?
It got nuked... again.
Also, we don't talk about it here. See the pinned message.
Oh sorry. I'll stop
Guess I'll just watch some epic meal time to make me happy
Can I ask why this room is called Cog/Diss?
29 mins ago, by SQB
Cog/Diss is named after Cognitive Dissidents, a bar in William Gibson's Sprawl trilogy.
pins the answer
8:59 AM
Thanks SQB
Is it also ok to ask if Obie, Gideon, Greedobie, Professor Obie and M&TV Obie will be back?
iirc custom feed names require moderator intervention, so that's not up to us
we really don't know any more than you do at this point
@Ixrec Ok, thanks!
We're out of electricity :/
@Edlothiad Gideon is up to @KutuluMike and we indeed need a mod for the rest.
9:15 AM
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@Ixrec thanks.
Uh oh.
Anyone interested in watching eating world records get broken?
@Edlothiad If so, just come to my house tonight about 6PM and watch me go.
@DrRDizzle tempted to add that as an event to the room's schedule.
9:25 AM
@SQB Haha!
room topic changed to Cog/Diss: General discussion for — both on and off topic, but please be nice (no tags)
room topic changed to Cog/Diss: General discussion for — both on and off topic, but please be nice (no tags)
@Gallifreyan thanks.
I wonder if [] would expand properly in that place.
9:40 AM
@Ixrec I can help if you want
@SQB I think full bold will be better here
@DrRDizzle lol
@DrRDizzle Give me an address and I'll be there
@AnkitSharma I bolded not, but I don't care that much about the actual formatting.
Although if it's north of Cambridge I'll need to start heading out now
9:44 AM
@SQB I mean full bold, which I already did
@Edlothiad 123 Fake Street.
@SQB not a bad idea
@Gallifreyan don't rush it, patience is the key
@AnkitSharma was this mocking an italian accent?
Q: Why was creating "Orc-Men" considered to be Saruman's worst deed?

Voronwë "If that was so, it was a shameful deed; but not his (Saruman's) worst." Unfinished Tales - Part III, The Third Age: The Disaster of the Gladden Fields Saruman, in his 'fall from grace', did a lot of despicable stuff. In this quote, it seems to imply that one of his deeds were known as...

Is there a notable character from Sprawl it would be thematic to name the feeds bot after? A bartender of Cognitive Dissidents? An information broker or sleuth?
9:52 AM
@Feeds Because he took Eru's creation and bred them with Melkor's creation.
@doppelgreener good idea, although I would be okay with using Obie.
@SQB Obie is the interrupting one-box
@Edlothiad I know.
@Edlothiad I don't know how I can do that
@AnkitSharma There is a typo, mena.
@AnkitSharma Do you remember Akhiri Paasta?
9:59 AM
@AJ Ooops, this guys don't know how bad I can spell :p
@AJ uhuunn., what O.o
@AnkitSharma I amma joking.
@AnkitSharma Try speaking that sentence with that typo.
Maybe I should leave now :P
I just came to check in and to see if I can be of any help
The room's feeds bot has been renamed to Obie.
I'll hang around and make myself available for moderation in the room for now.
@doppelgreener Can you make the meta feed "Meta Obie"?
10:07 AM
@Gallifreyan Done
I'm not exactly sanguine about unnecessarily importing cosmetics from ME; doesn't seem like good optics, at the absolute minimum.
whoops, i am a dumb. one sec.
@BESW But... it's Obie...
I'm going to leave it as Feeds just for the time being, since I'm not confident that isn't a generic feeds bot.
@BESW A side benefit of leaving it named as Feeds for the time being will be that this room will feel different, which will probably be a good thing.
@doppelgreener Exactly.
10:11 AM
Mos felt homey... Mos felt nice... sigh
Obviously not everyone felt equally comfortable. Cultivating a change in social atmosphere is easier if accompanied by a change in environment.
@Gallifreyan homely*
If we wind up wanting to customize the feeds later, I might suggest something like Palantir or Ansible.
(I'd vote for Hen Wen the Oracular Pig, but I suspect I'd be alone in that.)
@doppelgreener still showing as feeds
No M&TV feed yet
@AnkitSharma See this message
& the ones following, which are just above
10:18 AM
@Feeds Dupe of this?
Q: Why is breeding men and orcs considered evil?

DVK-on-Ahch-ToThere is a quote from the History of Middle-Earth (Morgoth's Ring) - supplied in dlanod's answer - that states: There is no doubt that long afterwards, in the Third Age, Saruman rediscovered this, or learned of it in lore, and in his lust for mastery committed this, his wickedest deed: the in...

Can someone confirm my thoughts
@BESW But Obie has historical meaning. Palantir is just a random name
Can we at least have feeds from Meta be called Meta Feeds?
@Edlothiad k, wait
@Edlothiad anyone think it's a dupe?
10:28 AM
Who is messing with feed names O,o
@AnkitSharma you?
No there is someone else too
'twas me ;)
@BESW seconded
Q: Movie where the protagonist trains to hold his breath longer to resist sleeping gas

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Q: What triggered Cisco power?

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Q: Iron Man further movie plans

Akshay ChawlaMarvel entertainment has released 3 blockbuster movies of Iron Man so far. Is there any official comment from Marvel Studios and/or the producers for further movies in the Iron Man franchise? "Word of God" only please, no opinions.

Q: Can White walkers speak?

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Q: Why did Filius Flitwick's appearance change after first two movies?

SS.In the movie, Harry Potter and the philosopher's Stone/Sorcerer's stone, and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Filius Flitwick the Charms professor's appearance is like this. But from the third movie, the appearance has changed. From the third movie, he looked young. This continued ...

10:30 AM
@M&TVFeeds that's nice
@JNat ohhh, no I need to get SFF meta image again. Rest all seems fine now
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@Feeds @SQB what si that for?
@AnkitSharma I added xkcd.
Often on topic, generally appreciated.
10:32 AM
Infrequent enough not to be interruptive.
But might make for lighter atmosphere.
I'm contemplating other comics.
@SQB Can we leave that for meta to decide?
ha, that explains why I got in a sandwich definition discussion last week
Also what are the rules of dupeing specifics to general questions?
@AnkitSharma done
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10:34 AM
@Ixrec same here.
@Edlothiad nope guess not
I've added Jack's comic (At Wit's End) as well — that's even less frequent than xkcd.
@Edlothiad Sorry, missed that.
You might want to try something like this for the feeds.
@SQB I guess if it's jack's it's fine
Hey @Jolenealaska
@BESW Good idea. Perhaps later; for now I'm gonna post a meta about this new room, telling people to be nice.
10:38 AM
@Edlothiad Hello
@SQB I hope your post includes carrot as well as stick.
@BESW will try to.
@JNat great
@Feeds tahts's noise @SQB
@doppelgreener could you please edit my message about the name of the chat room to replace Sprawl with Bridge?
@AnkitSharma Now it is because the feed is catching up, but it only comes out thrice a week.
10:43 AM
Every time you add a new feed to a chat, it posts the four or five most recent items in the feed before settling down to only post new ones as they come.
@SQB k but I think it's too early to make too many new feeds, keep them low for now and meta should be used to decide what more needed here
@AnkitSharma we can sue meta?
Hmm, Sueing meta....
@SQB yeah only on friday and full moon
@SQB Edited. How's that?
10:45 AM
tbh I think we erred on the side of too much bureaucracy with old Mos, feeds are really not a big deal as long as none of them are spammy
@doppelgreener that's great, thanks!
but two new ones on day one is probably a good stopping point anyway
@AnkitSharma Did you try to sue meta?
> Meta had deep violet eyes and long flowing black hair that fell to her thin waste. Her friends all loved it when she laughed b/c it made them feel warm and happy inside, but she didn't laugh very much. Meta was very sirius and very deep thoughts swirled behind her deep violent eyes. That was why everyone always asked her for advise.
Is that Sue enough?
@Ixrec that's my point but everyone is so concerned about my typo that my point got lost :D
10:48 AM
because this is a nice chat where we prefer fun and games to policy arguments
someone get Riker and his floofs in here
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What name and image should be used for At wits feed
For deciding xkcd was easy
@M&TVFeeds I have also added Arrowverse and Harry potter to the feed this time. I hop[e nobody mind that
@AnkitSharma No prob.
Q: General chat room: Cog/Diss

SQBAfter Mos Eisley was nuked from orbit, I've created a new room with a new name: Cog/Diss The Name Cog/Diss is named after the abbreviation for Cognitive Dissidents, a bar featured on several occasions in William Gibson's The Bridge trilogy. Thinking Twice Shog9 told us to think twice about c...

@SQB nice
@AnkitSharma I didn't have much time (at work) but perhaps short and sweet is better anyway.
10:59 AM
@SQB Cool.
@BESW seconded.
@SQB Do you mind if I add some cool bullet lists and fancy links to main meta?
@Gallifreyan Perhaps better as an "answer".
@SQB No, I mean just format your posts for a slightly improved readability.
@Gallifreyan O, go ahead.
11:04 AM
Q: General chat room: Cog/Diss

SQBAfter Mos Eisley was nuked from orbit, I've created a new room with a new name: Cog/Diss The Name Cog/Diss is named after the abbreviation for Cognitive Dissidents, a bar featured on several occasions in William Gibson's The Bridge trilogy. Thinking Twice Shog9 told us to think twice about c...

Funny guy:
A: Why did Gandalf not return to help Frodo and Sam?

user3900459Because he wanted to give u the chance to ask this question hundreds years later.

@Gallifreyan my first flag after 100 years here
@Gallifreyan I did some more formatting.
11:24 AM
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A: General chat room: Cog/Diss

SQBOn Thinking Twice I am of course, only a fraction of the community. Also, I didn't consult the community nor did I take long to think twice, instead deciding on a name and creating the chat room. The reason for this is that I view a chat room essential to the community of a stack. So I feel tha...

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Q: Was Aragorn's claim to the throne legitimate?

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12:20 PM
So... new beginnings. Welcome, all.
Welcome yourself, too.
@Skooba Cute picture of a squirrel drinking water
@Skooba Is that Steeler water?
@Bellerophon the water of champions
12:35 PM
A: What were Saruman's most despicable deeds, and which is the worst?

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@Skooba Squirrel!
I need to get that squirrel GIF.
Took me a long time to find the favourite button. Is that a bad sign?
@Edlothiad Much obliged.
@Bellerophon yes
12:54 PM
also... seems relevant but I can't find it on the youtube
Can we change the room name? I like Cognitive Dissidents, but not Cog/Diss.
Dissidents might inviting the "wrong kinda of people"
Cognitive people who obey every rule to the letter?
I doubt those people would be attracted to a room with that name lol
How about something broadly recognisable as a gathering place in sci-fi/fantasy?
How about the Hogs Head? The Three Broomsticks?
12:56 PM
@DrRDizzle just go to the quill and tankard :P
the real question: should we decide this via Meta thread or via just talking in chat here
@DrRDizzle what was the place in Hitchhikers?
@Ixrec meta thread of course
@Skooba The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. Good call.
meta thread right now isn't really an option since it'll devolve into "you shouldn't have created another chat room" and other unrelated arguments
The Prancing Pony
12:58 PM
@Edlothiad I was going to suggest that.
For the record, if we decide to rename this room, I'll be voting for "Lux".
@Ixrec well that could just as easily happen here. both solutions are the same... delete comments/move messages to trash
What about The Enterprise? Everyone knows what it is, it's sci-fi, it's a vision of the future and harmony, and it quite literally means an undertaking, the start of something new.
@Skooba except we have the power to move messages, we do not have the power to delete comments
I agree with this name.
12:59 PM
The Last Homely House
I'm cool with pretty much all of these names for the record
@Ixrec maybe we should wait for a mod to start the meta thread then
Nah, Lux is the best.
Q: Did Gene Wolfe make up any words for The Book of the New Sun?

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Q: What happens when a pregnant Time Lady or her baby dies?

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but i dont see how we could decide a new name in chat. you need to give all time zones a chance to vote
1:00 PM
Speaking of mods, why none of the site mods are here?
Rand usually arrives at this time.
@AJ probably in "meetings"
@Skooba Is it really that important a question? Just name it what we want now, and if anyone has a problem later on, talk to them then
@AJ Dunno. Haven't added them as ROs, but they don't need to be to do their thing.
@DrRDizzle It was for Mos
start crying uncontrollably
... it... WAS... for...... Mos.......
@Skooba It was for what now? I don't remember that name.
1:02 PM
sobbing continues
@DrRDizzle Hasn't SQB essentially done that with Cos/Diss. Why can't we leave it as that for now and change it later when the bad stuff has blown over.
@AJ He said he'd be mostly AFK for this week. And the next week. And maybe the week after that.
@Bellerophon Cog/Diss imho sounds bad
I repeat that a meta thread right now is almost certainly out of the question until things blow over
@Bellerophon Because Cog/Diss sounds like a room for people who are really into gears and insults.
1:03 PM
One of the site moderators seems to be around-ish. For now I'm hanging around here so that there's a moderator available.
I saw it this morning and was pretty hesitant to go in
Ankit Sharma ♦ is also around.
@doppelgreener WE thank you for your service
No that Cognitive Dissidents sounds bad, I like that, but we can't really have that as a name
@Gallifreyan OK. There isn't any site related thing that made him AFK, is there?
1:04 PM
@doppelgreener Not the hero we deserve but the hero we need
@Skooba 👍 🖖
Or something batman-y like that
Does anyone in here have an objection to changing the name to The Prancing Pony? I agree that, as much as I like William Gibson and his ability to come up with names of bars like other writers do with planets, Cognitive Dissidents is not the best choice.
@SQB Sounds good to me.
@SQB I'd rather a sci-fi name than a fantasy one TBH
1:07 PM
@DrRDizzle I'd rather a fantasy one.
Purely because of the planet background
@DrRDizzle The Prancing Dissidents
A Planet background can be fantasy-y
> dissidents (n.): a person who opposes official policy, especially that of an authoritarian state.
might not be the most tactful choice for a name
@doppelgreener Ye but a Prancing Dissident is surely the nicest kind of dissident
1:09 PM
Okay, so how about The Restaurant at the End of the Universe?
I like that. Seems chill.
@SQB I like that.
go for it, the only reason I didn't change the name already is I wanted you @SQB to have some input
Are comedy skits that involve pedophiles ok?
@Edlothiad ?
1:09 PM
I have no idea what you're asking about but I'm going to assume no
@Edlothiad I'm going to put my money on "No, is that some kind of joke, look at the position we're already in you mentalist".
@Ixrec @DrRDizzle Ok. I mean it's just a standup comedy skit, but yes
Hello @sphennings
@AJ No he just has some real life stuff.
room topic changed to The Restaurant at the End of the Universe: General discussion for — both on and off topic, but please be nice (no tags)
1:11 PM
What about Lux?
@Gallifreyan What even is that?
We'll figure that out later on meta, for now I want to get rid of any dissidents.
@DrRDizzle It's the piano bar Lucifer opens in LA when he abandons Hell.
@Gallifreyan Sounds edgy.
@SQB I'll go then.
1:13 PM
Can we name it after the bar in LA LA land?
@DrRDizzle It's the best place in LA.
Hum, Goes looking for his good friend Marvin
Do not impersonate Himarm or Valorum. Impersonating another user is a bad decision at the best of times, and at the moment with those two people, it's just flat-out a terrible idea.
In the interests of Not Fun(tm), Not Actually Himarm is suspended for an hour, within which time I hope someone (perhaps themselves) will reverse the impersonation.
@FuzzyBoots Greetings :)
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1:24 PM
Here, "Not Fun(tm)" is me sarcastically referring to the fact y'all have some cultural issues to resolve, and pretending to be users who were far over the line is not a good idea. This isn't a situation to make light of.
Q: YA sci-fi/fantasy story collection (most notable story being about a dinosaur-possessed crane)

DrearyBasically, I remember having this old paperback (which was apparently published in the 70s, although I think my Dad got it second-hand) which was a small anthology of various fantasy/sci-fi/horror short stories for young adults (of course it was published in the 70s so it was better written than ...

@doppelgreener Agreed.
@Skooba Thank you for changing back. I have removed your suspension.
@Ixrec awww. all my messges
I gotta bring some squirrels back in here now
1:29 PM
yes, squirrels are good
@doppelgreener much obliged
@DrRDizzle This is Hell Squirell, he's got my back. He could eat you all with one bite, just like clearing a plate. I advise you not get killed by him - his teeth traps the souls of its victims.
1:34 PM
@Ixrec what about having kiwi and squirrel in same place
@DrRDizzle This is Fabulous Squirrel, he saves all those souls.... and looks damn good doing it.
Well, I'm off now. I'll probably see you all later.
1:52 PM
Anybody used moonpig before and no if it's any good?
Hey @Voronwë!!
Hmm, I don't see why your updated question is attracting Downvotes or Close votes? If it does get closed, we can just reopen it though
Also anybody know what the quality of rugby in the US is and whether they have games on Thursday/Friday nights?

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