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Panther wrote:*From the bushes, Panther watches the group haul away his body double*

Aha! My fiendishly clever plan has begun...and begun so well! Nobody suspects a thing, and mum's the word from me. Oh! how the burdens of being the Delegate have weighed on me... Oh! how the pressures of heavenly-ordained leadership have built up inside me, 'til nigh bursting...with enemies crouched behind every bushel, and intrigue flowing out from every barrel.

But now, fiendish plan and a fiend released out into the world, scot-free and nary a scratch on him. I will step now into the public, once a King but now a Pauper! With none the wiser! I will blend into the lower rungs of society, move amongst them like a ghost in the night, drinking their room-warmed ale and eating their hunks of moldering bread.

But all the while, with one ear pressed to the ground, and with one eye in back of my head, to spy the words and acts of my subjects -- loyal or otherwise! And on the return journey back up the social ladder, rung by rung removing my pauper's garb to don again the dignity of the king, I will be returning with more inform and much aware. And will jot into the public record the names of true model citizens, as well as their obverse foes.

*shoots you in the head*

I've been using NS++ for a few hours now. It's a bit complicated to use

Panther wrote:*From the bushes, Panther watches the group haul away his body double*

Sure that it wasn't you LMD? (Life Model Decoy)

Panther wrote:Oh! how the burdens of being the delegate have weighed on me... Oh! how the pressures of heavenly-ordained leadership have built up inside me, 'til nigh bursting...with enemies crouched behind every bushel, and intrigue flowing out from every barrel.

Oh boohoo. Cry me a river. 🎻

A Down and Dusky Blonde wrote:Your wish is my command. *leads a group that hauls off the miscreant*

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kp56UB8g3vU

A Down and Dusky Blonde wrote:Sure that it wasn't you LMD? (Life Model Decoy)

I've never encountered this Marvel device...was it in the show "SHIELD"?

...it's not a very good name, is it?

Densaner wrote:Oh boohoo. Cry me a river. 🎻

Rivierenland wrote:*shoots you in the head*

Oh, buncha jokers and comedians in this region, huh? Some day you'll learn to give me the respect I deserve...

Now look at this cool thing I made:

It was just for fun. I'm not trying to make it the official one or anything...

Panther wrote:Oh, buncha jokers and comedians in this region, huh? Some day you'll learn to give me the respect I deserve...

Good luck. I stopped learning in the eight grade...6 x 8 = a lot, see what I mean?

Panther wrote:Now look at this cool thing I made:

Impressive, you've accurately captured the staunch protestant work ethic of our great region.

It almost recalls the restrained style of the great Jimmy Buffett - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Buffett#/media/File:Margaritaville.JPG

One of the first albums I ever listened to was Morricone's soundtrack for The Mission. Great music, still haven't seen the film though

Sayabara wrote:That looks really nice

Many thanks. I think it turned out pretty nice, as well.

Densaner wrote:Impressive, you've accurately captured the staunch protestant work ethic of our great region.

I thought so. We make the Island of the Lotus-eaters seem like an active, vigorous place...

Night of the Lotus Eaters - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4iDG7D7Gu4

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By the by, that entire Nick Cave album is amazing. Definitely worth checking out, if you haven't:

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxWS1ufr5xI&list=OLAK5uy_mDMSm7zXgbGhs314cDlRGYhFqqLbpfikk

Dashworie Aedorse wrote:One of the first albums I ever listened to was Morricone's soundtrack for The Mission. Great music, still haven't seen the film though

Oh, I haven't seen that movie, but it looks pretty interesting. I'll see anything with Jeremy Irons in it (even that disaster of a movie, Dungeons & Dragons)

Panther wrote:By the by, that entire Nick Cave album is amazing.

Erm. No offence. Nick Cave is awful. Iíve tried listening to some of his music. Just donít get what heís going for as an artist. This came up a decent while ago in conversation. Each to his own sometimes, I suppose. 👎🏻

Panther wrote:Oh, I haven't seen that movie, but it looks pretty interesting.

Itís very well made, but weird. The 1980s had a trend of worthy, overlong and at times tedious epics. Think Gandhi, Chariots of Fire and The Killing Fields, The Mission is well within that ambit. A film from that era that I would definitely recommend is The Mosquito Coast.

Panther wrote:*From the bushes, Panther watches the group haul away his body double*

Aha! My fiendishly clever plan has begun...and begun so well! Nobody suspects a thing, and mum's the word from me. Oh! how the burdens of being the Delegate have weighed on me... Oh! how the pressures of heavenly-ordained leadership have built up inside me, 'til nigh bursting...with enemies crouched behind every bushel, and intrigue flowing out from every barrel.

But now, fiendish plan and a fiend released out into the world, scot-free and nary a scratch on him. I will step now into the public, once a King but now a Pauper! With none the wiser! I will blend into the lower rungs of society, move amongst them like a ghost in the night, drinking their room-warmed ale and eating their hunks of moldering bread.

But all the while, with one ear pressed to the ground, and with one eye in back of my head, to spy the words and acts of my subjects -- loyal or otherwise! And on the return journey back up the social ladder, rung by rung removing my pauper's garb to don again the dignity of the king, I will be returning with more inform and much aware. And will jot into the public record the names of true model citizens, as well as their obverse foes.

Hey, who is that soliloquy for? ;)

Panther wrote:

I've never encountered this Marvel device...was it in the show "SHIELD"?

...it's not a very good name, is it?

Oh, buncha jokers and comedians in this region, huh? Some day you'll learn to give me the respect I deserve...

Now look at this cool thing I made:

It was just for fun. I'm not trying to make it the official one or anything...

It's from the telly show, Agents of Shield.

I love the crest. *nods*

Densaner wrote:It almost recalls the restrained style of the great Jimmy Buffett - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Buffett#/media/File:Margaritaville.JPG

You forgot his other restaurant chain --> https://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/03/28/71/c3/cheeseburger-in-paradise.jpg

Densaner wrote:Erm. No offence. Nick Cave is awful. Iíve tried listening to some of his music. Just donít get what heís going for as an artist. This came up a decent while ago in conversation. Each to his own sometimes, I suppose. 👎🏻

Yeah, we've likely discussed this before, I think you're right.

To each their own, indeed... I personally think the man's brilliant.

Dorig wrote:Hey, who is that soliloquy for? ;)

Ah, I was performing the role of "Panther" in one of Shakespeare's lesser-known history plays, The Gracchi.

Unless you were asking for whom it was meant, in which case, mostly myself and my own entertainment :P

A Down and Dusky Blonde wrote:It's from the telly show, Agents of Shield.

I love the crest. *nods*

You forgot his other restaurant chain

Ohh, I must've stopped watching "SHIELD" before the LMDs became a part of it.

And thanks, I'm fond of the design, as well.

Also thanks, because I didn't know Sir James Buffett had another restaurant chain besides Margaritaville. I now must find one of these Cheeseburger in Paradises...

A Down and Dusky Blonde wrote:You forgot his other restaurant chain

I chose Margaritaville because of the crest design. 🌴☀️

Panther wrote:Also thanks, because I didn't know Sir James Buffett had another restaurant chain besides Margaritaville. I now must find one of these Cheeseburger in Paradises...

The one close to me closed up some time ago. It used to have live bands on Saturday nights. :(

I stopped watching Shield after it's third season.

Panther wrote:The Gracchi.

Oh yes, the Gracchi bros. Bash, slash, splash.

Bwhahahahahaha.

SPQR 🏛️

Densaner wrote:Oh yes, the Gracchi bros. Bash, slash, splash.

Bwhahahahahaha.

SPQR 🏛️

Don't know if you're into podcasts, but there's a couple great ones on the Roman Republic, and its end, which feature the Gracchi:

https://www.dancarlin.com/product/hardcore-history-death-throes-of-the-republic-series/

That's my absolute favorite podcast: "Hardcore History" by Dan Carlin. He's just a phenomenal storyteller, has a great presentation style, and creates these deeply-researched multi-part epics.

That's a five-part series, around 10 hours in total.

The only downside is that the older shows must be purchased. Newer ones are free, until they get bumped behind the paywall, eventually. The value is well worth it, though.

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The other is "The History of Rome" with Mike Duncan.

https://thehistoryofrome.typepad.com/the_history_of_rome/archives.html

This is an exhaustive walkthrough all of Roman history. Incredibly-detailed. Episode by episode, year after year, he crawls through the history of Rome from its early days until its fall. Not as dramatic or "epic" feeling as the other podcast, but he's quite fun to listen to, if a bit drier. I learned so damn much from this, it's hard to quantify.

He has another podcast, now ongoing, called "Revolutions," where he goes through modern history's major revolutions, from the English Civil War and American Revolution, ending with the Russian Revolution (this last still being put out, currently). Very fun, he'll walk you street by street through the urban fighting, delve deep into back-stories, go broad in scope and impact...so good.

Revolutions
https://www.revolutionspodcast.com/

Panther, I was being tongue-in-cheek, I suspected the latter.

Dorig wrote:Panther, I was being tongue-in-cheek, I suspected the latter.

Hmm, you know what they say:

"A tongue in the cheek is worth two lips on the cheeks"

Hardcore History is a great podcast. The Rome ones are awesome, as is the series on WWI. Fascinating and told in a really compelling way.

Panther wrote:Don't know if you're into podcasts, but there's a couple great ones on the Roman Republic

Never heard of those. However I am a fan of ancient history though. I gained an interest as the central and southern parts of Scotland was a frontier of the Roman Empire. One of the local legends in Scotland relates to Pontius Pilate, it states that Pilate was born in Scotland as his father was a local Roman bigwig etc. I doubt there's any truth in it, but it's interesting nonetheless. I have also read up on Alexander the Great. I remember the first time I came across his story and being utterly astonished that he got so far, so young.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fortingall_Yew

Is there a regional map here?

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