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Interzone / Re: Reviews
« on: September 05, 2012, 09:11:32 PM »

Interzone / Re: Making Money
« on: October 14, 2011, 07:12:42 PM »
Whether a degree is required depends on the career that you are aiming for. Nothing is a waste of time if you are able to learn something from it.

If you are the kind of person for it then you might consider Computer Science/Software Engineering. Some pros and cons from personal experience:
- can be very rewarding as programming is an art that takes decades to master
- you will run into and work with people much brighter than yourself
- the pay is good
- relatively few female co-workers
- you can leverage the skills which you hone at work every day to create Skynet in your free time
- it is not physical work, so you will need to exercise your body in your free time

Interestingly, a lot of the computer programmers that I know are also into musical theory and create their own music.

Interzone / Re: Bring back the traditional Duel
« on: November 27, 2010, 06:26:36 PM »
Wasn't there a line Conan the Barbarian once said about how civilized people are, in effect, actually more barbaric because they no longer face consequences for rudeness to each other? I always find reversals of common conceptions like that very interesting. (Openness to) Brutality leads to civility. Seems to trace back nicely to the "only death is real" mentality too - remove the fear (in this case, an ongoing awareness more than a sudden fright) of death and you lose the love of life in turn, as expressed in how we behave towards one another.

Upon reading the OP, that line was the first thing which came to me as well =)

"Civilized men are more discourteous than savages because they know they can be impolite without having their skulls split, as a general thing."
Robert E. Howard

Talk of duels makes me wonder about how law and order would be kept in a Hessian society. I think that duels, blood feuds and banishment would be enough to take care of most problems in a small community. Would laws even be needed if your people chased out all of the rapists and perverts?