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12:40 AM
That's... ironic.
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2:08 AM
Q: How was Moaning Myrtle able to help Harry?

KevinO[possible spoilers in the question] This question Why didn't any Death Eaters come back as ghosts had a couple of answers that rely upon the same quote: Having chosen a feeble simulacrum of mortal life, ghosts are limited in what they can experience. No physical pleasure remains to them, and...

Q: Where was Thane Kyrell during the events of Rogue One?

Donatello SwansinoThe excellent canon novel Lost Stars details the story of Thane Kyrell, who is initially stationed on the first Death Star before defecting after the destruction of Alderaan. Now, if I remember correctly, he was on the Death Star for at least a week when Alderaan is destroyed. However, where was ...

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5:32 AM
@steelersquirrel well shoot! I just missed you. How are you doing these days?
6:02 AM
Q: When did they become invisible?

naturalIn the first Harry Potter movie, does no one in a busy train station notice groups of people running and disappearing into a wall? This is when the newbies (Ron and Harry) run into the wall for the very first time to catch the Hogwarts train. When did they disappear?

6:16 AM
Q: Would Gordon Freeman have died after killing the Nihilanth?

Memor-XAt the end of Half-Life 2 after the Teleporter is destroyed, when Alex is saying they have time (to escape the explosion i assume) Time freezes and G-Man appears interrupting Alex (now frozen as well) saying: Time, Dr. Freeman? Is it really that … time again? It seems as if you only just arri...

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7:38 AM
Q: What were Batman's contingency plans to immobilize the Justice League?

EllesedilIn Justice League: Doom, Batman has developed contingency plans for every member of the Justice League so that they could be incapacitated if ever necessary. However, Vandal Savage gets a hold of them and alters most of them to be lethal. Now, Batman has his own issues to deal with while all o...

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10:17 AM
Q: What was Pike's Dissertation?

LiathIn the 2009 Star Trek Film Pike and Kirk have the following conversation: PIKE: For my dissertation, I was assigned the USS Kelvin. Something I admired about your dad, he didn't believe in no-win scenarios. KIRK: Sure learned his lesson. PIKE: Well, it depends on how you define wi...

11:15 AM
Hey, there's a sequel to Flatliners coming out. One of those films that's still on my "to watch"-list.
11:54 AM
Q: Has any official information been released about the third anthology film?

EdlothiadDisney announced that they would be making three anthology films with the new sequel trilogy. The first anthology film was Rogue One, and the second is an unnamed Han Solo film which will be released next year. This answer states that a writer was chosen in 2016, and this answer speculates that...

12:05 PM
Anyone have any suggestions how I can improve the following 0-upvote answer? scifi.stackexchange.com/a/161311/26274
Have a break, have a kitkat an upvote!
This is harder than expected...
@mith, help me with my tag problem
But it's the third anthology film (although one is Rogue One and the other is the )
Still B?
Just add it to the list and do A :/
@Mithrandir, now go upvote!
12:15 PM
@Edlothiad tag character increase
@Edlothiad I've already cast 4,136 upvotes on SFF!
Haven't I fulfilled my obligation?!
Wow, that's a lot compared to my downvotes.
Only 390 down.
Q: What should be done when a non answer has been accepted?

user13267I was wondering the other day if Prof. Snape could have healed George's ear, since he was able to hear the cut from Harry sectumsempra I found that the question had already been asked and answered here However, the accepted answer clearly doesn't answer the question, and is simply stating w...

12:35 PM
@Edlothiad Thanks :-)
1:11 PM
@MattGutting Now return the favour ;-P
1:30 PM
@Edlothiad Hmm. But you have so few answers to upvote. ;-P
Q: Exist a more powerful transformation than Daemon Prince?

GaweySome one's know if there is a more powerful transformation or if Daemon prince is the limit, since these beings are not omnipotent ... So my question is: [Q] Is there a further transformation? Maybe a "daemon King" or something appreciated? If the answer is yes, what are the requirements for it?...

Hmm, people don't seem to like me asking whether information about the film exists.
Ah that was a well chosen answer.
1:44 PM
Q: What was Robb Stark true motivation in his rebellion against the crown?

KazerKrinAs soon as Ned Stark was captured by Joffrey, Robb Stark gathered all the leaders of the most powerful house of the north and started marching towards King's Landing, motivated at first by the captivity and the death of his father but what were his truly motivations anyway ? Is this rebellion me...

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2:49 PM
Q: How was the War Doctor addressed?

WallnutThe incarnation of the Gallifreyan played by Sir John Hurt has become known, out-of-universe, as "The War Doctor". However it's unlikely that he was actually called that in-universe. As he made it plain that he should not be called "The Doctor" in that incarnation ("Doctor no more!"), how did oth...

3:04 PM
Greetings, Earthlings.
3:23 PM
Q: Fantasy story with Female MC where magic is used by a "web" inside the MC's head

SethWhiteI'm looking to identify a story about a young woman who needs to go to a Big Baddie's castle to retrieve something, a book, I think. Along the way she meets a young man who at first she doesn't get along with, but who ends up being a love interest. She also discovers how to use magic, which she...

3:34 PM
can I talk about Rowling here?
@Randal'Thor do you remember scifi.stackexchange.com/q/114974/4918 where on one hand JKR claims that no character other than Glideroy Lockhart was based on a real person, but elsewhere she admitted that Snape was based on a teacher?
Well it turns out there's a 2000 interview accio-quote.org/articles/2000/0500-aol-umkc.html which says “Are any of the characters based on family members or friends?” “As I said earlier, Ron is a lot like my oldest friend, Sean and Firenze was inspired by another friend.”
I think I should make a separate question for this
I think it's just a matter of how much of the character is based on a real person
some might be 'inspired by' or 'loosely based' on, but maybe Gilderoy is almost exactly like his real-life counterpart
hmm... I wonder if people actually called him Gilderoy, or if he just went by 'Roy'
4:35 PM
@DaaaahWhoosh Yes, Lockhart is the most similar to a real person if we can believe JKR.
It looks like she might have based a lot of characters on real life people, but at some point between 2001 and 2004 she decided she won't admit that, possibly because she was pressured by her publisher.
Q: Which characters in Harry Potter are based on real people?

b_jonasWhich characters did J. K. Rowling base on real world people? I'm interested only in cases where Rowling herself has said (or at least suggested) the character is based on a real world person. Please don't post unconfirmed speculation. This question was inspired by Was Severus Snape based on...

There might be more mentions in early interviews, I hope people will find those and answer.
it does seem like a safe bet to not mention who your characters are based on. If those people want to step forward, good for them, but it's kind of a dick move to shove the spotlight on people without their consent
@DaaaahWhoosh She need not mention names. She didn't do so with Lockhart.
ah, good point
4:43 PM
She could just say "I based Mr. Ollivander on a famous person I respect, and I based Andormeda Tonks on a friend."
hmm, that makes me think of a question. Would "has JKR killed off any characters in interviews?" be a good question for this site?
for a list of characters that didn't specifically die in the books, but were confirmed dead by word-of-God
But yes, I know, in real life she can't do it safely even without names, because then people invent rumors like how she based Lockhart on her first husband, and hire a detective to find out who her chemistry teacher was to find the real Snape, and argue on which character she based on the current President of America.
@DaaaahWhoosh Does it count if they're confirmed dead by the film? What about characters who lived centuries before the story and the website gives their death date?
Or characters the book don't even mention, like Harry's grandparents?
@b_jonas hmm good point, I guess I'd have to say characters that were alive in the books, and not counting movie canon (for instance, Lavender)
(She talks about all four grandparents of Harry in Pottermore, and yes, they're all dead.)
5:00 PM
Q: How much editing is too much?

DisturbedNeoConsider this answer, which appeared on my low-quality queue. A user (ibid) commented a very good link backing up this answer. I then started to edit, but realised afterwards that I had completely changed the answer. The old post: I haven't done any research on what house she is in but my frien...

5:12 PM
Q: Has JKR killed off any characters outside of book/movie canon?

DaaaahWhooshA lot of beloved characters were killed off in Deathly Hallows; there were literally corpses lined up in the Great Hall. However, there are a lot more characters in the Harry Potter world whose ultimate fate was not explored, at least not in the books or movies. What I'm asking, then, is if JK ...

5:22 PM

Query: Should I mark this as a duplicate to my question? I was looking for a book that included the story that they were looking for, including some similar details.
5:44 PM
I wound up marking it as a dupe. History will tell whether my actions were just.
@FuzzyBoots amid the crackling of flames and the lamentations of villagers what have you done?!
6:05 PM
Q: Did Harry Potter knew that Draco Malfoy redeemed?

anakindchosenone05192005Inspired by these 2 questions,Did Draco Malfoy Demonstrate Any Level of Redemption By the End of the HP Series? and What kind of man did Draco Malfoy become? At the Epilogue, He married Astoria Greengrass with his son,Scorpius Malfoy. During that scene at the King's Cross Station, Draco greeted H...

6:34 PM
Q: Why did the original Star Wars trailer imply that its story was happening "right now", rather than "a long time ago"?

The Dark LordThe original teaser trailer for the first ever Star Wars film begins by saying: Somewhere in space, this may all be happening right now... Yet the final version of the film seems to dispute this... What is the explanation for this glaring inconsistency? ...

6:46 PM
@Babelfish makes me wonder, was Star Wars considered more of a hard sci-fi movie back then?
I'm looking at the older and newer editions of Lem's Bajki Robotów translation to see if there are major changes other than the multiple newly added short stories.
I sort of suspect there are other major changes
Two story-identification queries closed as duplicates...
Ooh, Thaddeus was online.
Q: Who are these Characters from Order of the Phoenix(Film)

anakindchosenone05192005http://i44.tinypic.com/24g68g3.jpg http://i42.tinypic.com/2m5yqvs.jpg Obviously, I'm not talking about Ron and Luna. I'm talking about those encircled ones. I see that they are Slytherin Students, The first picture is an udientified Slytherin female and the 2nd is an unidentified Slytherin male...

6:51 PM
WTF = Wheres The Floofs
there's a strange typo where a minor character is named five times, and the second time his name is different. I thought it was just a stupid typo, but somehow it appears exactly the same in both the old and the new edition. How can that work, since the old edition is from 1987 so the text was likely not fully digitally typeset
@Mithrandir Yeah. Weighed in on the "do we keep the querent's obfuscated subject" by changing the latest attempt by the querent to avoid spoilers to include the spoilers in the title once more.
(And they're not even the same publisher anyway.)
6:53 PM
@SQB ooh, I need those. And so do most people on the Internet, far as I can tell
@FuzzyBoots: oh, I wanted to ask you something
@FuzzyBoots could you please make sure that scifi.stackexchange.com/a/78667/4918 (Dorothy Maxwell, a side character in "I Looked into the Abyss, and it Winked", a Whateley Academy story) doesn't match the qn scifi.stackexchange.com/q/161406/4918 "A human has psychic power that makes people forget that he is there. Including his parents"
@b_jonas It doesn't match up on the agent criteria nor the "robots raising them".
Good. I thought so, but someone who knows that story had to check.
^_^ Thanks for the thought.
@DaaaahWhoosh yeah, it's a strange idea, but it might work.
Overlap with both Parenting and The Workplace.
7:01 PM
condolences to anyone who tries to moderate the place, though
Yeah, they'll need some good... oh, wait.
7:40 PM
Q: Editing a question to add details that the querent doesn't want to add

FuzzyBootshttps://scifi.stackexchange.com/posts/161595/revisions This is getting kind of ridiculous. On one hand, it's best to have questions that are conducive to knowing what they're about. On the other hand, the number of people who drive-by add what the querent feels are spoilers to the title... can w...

@DaaaahWhoosh Parenting is notorious amongst the mods.
@Marvin @Fuz - I think the current title is fine.
@Mithrandir really? Any specific and entertaining example you can provide to illustrate why this would be?
@DaaaahWhoosh unfortunately not. But apparently it's very difficult. I think they've burned through a lot of mods already...
I guess a lot of Parenting mods would be parents themselves, so maybe they're all just too busy
Well, they have the ulti-mod Rory there... so it's all good.
7:59 PM
Is there an option to have all comments be displayed by default?
@DCOPTimDowd No.
I still say that he needs an eighth. And ninth. And tenth.
@DCOPTimDowd there may be a userscript for that.
If there isn't, I'm sure Art can whip something up.
Q: Could George's ear have been healed by Snape?

MoozIn Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows George's ear gets cut off by a stray Sectumsempra (cast by Snape). Now this was an act of Dark-magic and therefore George's ears could not be healed: Mrs. Weasley looked around and said, “I can’t make it grow back, not when it’s been removed by Dark ...

8:13 PM
$(".js-show-link").click(); in the console does the trick.
Should be easy enough to make a GreaseMonkey script out of that.
What is the HNQ?
@DCOPTimDowd highly noxious quails. Nasty creatures.
@DCOPTimDowd Hot Network Questions.
They show up on the right side of the page on the main site.
@Mithrandir Oh. Thanks! :)
When does film night voting end?
8:31 PM
@Edlothiad I'll set a close date of the 25th. Does that sound OK?
Last time we just called it because nobody else was voting and Pan's Labyrinth was a mile ahead.
8:47 PM
So we're not watching the film in June?
Or like within 5 days of closing the voting?
Wait is this the July film night?
Ignore everything I said above
Sounds great!
@doppelgreener It was as ahead as Iron Giant is now.
@Gallifreyan Oooh. I guess we're very likely to watch Iron Giant. (Which I'm okay with! I love that film!)
I'm just sad we're breaking the heroine streak
come to think of it, are there any female characters in Iron Giant besides the protagonist's mom?
Now the easy part - find a playable version.
9:01 PM
Can I choose the daily floof tomorrow, it's going to be my cakeday!
(Reminding people that everyone can post floofs provided they're at least remotely floofy)
(Because I'm running out of creativity)
@Edlothiad You may.
I'll post a floof I took myself!
Ironically, it's already tomorrow in my timezone.
Ah, whatever.
Hmm, this is true.
Hmm? It's now after midnight here
9:06 PM
Hmm, it's way gone midnight in Australia
Ok I'll get looking
"it's already tomorrow" is the kind of sentence that really screws with any attempt at getting rigorous about language semantics
"This sentence is not true." is hard enough to deal with
Abandon all hope.
I've had 5 hours of lecture today, so I may be a bit fuzzy.
and I've wasted a lot of time trying to make sense out of "This sentence is not true."
(as have many other people! plato.stanford.edu/entries/liar-paradox )
And I've now been up for 14 hours.
@Ixrec it is an unreferenced claim, nothing more, nothing less. The proper response is "oh, really? what's your proof?" at which point it's no longer your problem.
or at least that's what I'm going to do if I ever become a robot
9:20 PM
in all seriousness I actually like that response to the problem
Question, is it acceptable to ask a historical question about a comic convention?
@FuzzyBoots one second
Plot, character, or setting explanations
Historical or societal context of a work
Behind-the-scenes and fandom information
Story identification
Franchise/series reading or viewing order
If it goes in here, yes!
@FuzzyBoots Like what?
@Edlothiad You mean [ask]? How to Ask
No not ask... cmon galli
Hmm... it kind of works for fandom.
9:26 PM
is what I meant
wurt? why didn't that work
[help/on-topic] should work
I was rereading the Angelique the Costumer article (enjolrasworld.com/Richard%20Arndt/…) and there was mentioning of "some very unsavory stuff went down at the July 1974 Seuling's Comic Art Con". I poked around a bit in Google, but couldn't find anything.
Probably more suited to History
I wouldn't VTC it, but that's the strongest statement I can make.
9:31 PM
I have a sneaking suspicion that they'd see it as frivolous history. Eh, it's worth a try.
lol if it was 1973 I have the answer
There you go.
Q: Have Deadpool and Bea Arthur ever met?

DCOPTimDowdI've heard and read about Deadpool's obsession with Bea Arthur, but I couldn't find anything on their relationship to each other. Have these two ever met, or has she ever shown up in person in any of his comics or other canon material? Some follow-up questions would be exactly where, when, and w...

Q: What went down at the July 1974 Comic Art Con?

FuzzyBootsI was recently rereading "The Unconventional ComiCon Costumer", an interview with Angelique Trouvere, a famous costumer for conventions. She mentions "some very unsavory stuff went down at the July 1974 Seuling's Comic Art Con" that caused Heidi Saha, an early friendly rival, to quit the costume ...

awww... I just read the source, and was about to suggest maybe it was a personal event rather than a universal one
but maybe Heidi Saha is enough of a fandom celebrity to make the question worthwhile
well, I'd do more research on the subject, but apparently she's a sexy model, so that should wait until I'm not at work
10:30 PM
@DaaaahWhoosh Yeah. It was a pretty shitty day for her.
11:21 PM
Q: Who is watching Coulson get resurrected?

Donatello SwansinoIn the MCU series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., we learn of the resurrection of S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson through the T.A.H.I.T.I. process. In the background of the scene in which this occurs, there are a few people. The MCU Wikia page says that Nick Fury is supposedly there, but I can't really t...


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