WaitingWe were the generation born into a world of such promise and prosperityWaiting3 years ago in Editorial More Like This
We were raised to believe that there were certain things that simply didn't change.
Money would always be there
Families stick together
There is good and there is evil
No one can take away your freedom
We are safe
It has been more than two decades since we came into this world
Two decades for us to learn that all we were taught was a lie
You are entitled to nothing
Families are self destructive
There is only interest, no good, no evil
Your freedom is negotiable
We aren't safe
We aren't bitter, we are apathetic.
We tried to change things, and when we need to be heard, they just pushed us aside.
We've given up, they still run this world, and until they're finally buried in the mountain of the filth they created, we'll take over, and realize the potential that our parents squandered.
For now we sit and wait, staring at our monitors, chatting with people we've never met, sharing ideas without borders, and finding frien
This Is My LoveThis is my hand.This Is My Love3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Take it in yours,
And know that I'll always be there.
This is my heart.
Keep it with you,
To remind you how much I care.
This is my kiss.
Meet it gladly,
And know I reserve it for you.
This is my soul.
It's bare before you,
To show you I'll always be true.
This is my life.
Entwine it with yours,
From now until the end of time.
This is my love.
Forever, for you,
As are all of these things of mine.
Ghosts SWS CollabGhosts really hate yoghurt. Trust me.Ghosts SWS Collab3 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
* * *
Ghosts really hate yoghurt. Trust me. I am forever haunted by ghosts.
Bed of darknessI lie in darkness,Bed of darkness3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
As if it were my bed.
It is where I feel the most at home.
In my darkness,
I draw close the emptiness,
As if it were the warmest blanket in existence.
And for my pillow?
There is nothing.
It's only a metaphor, for crying out loud.
Conlang Outline Info -TemplateName: Name of the conlangConlang Outline Info -Template3 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
Alignment: The Morphosyntactic Alignment
Primary Word Order: Default Word Order
Language Type: Synthetic, Agglutinating? Polysynthetic even?
Conjugated? A simple yes/no.
Amount of Phonemes: A simple 1, 2,(God forbid)3 or 4 digit number.
Basic Syllable Structure: Like CCVC, CNCVC etc.
Significant Sound Changes?: Another one of them "yes/no"s
Inflections?: Are there any? Or articles and apositons?
Cases? A simple yes/no.
Amount of Cases: A number of under four digits, please
Verb Categories: Moods, tenses and the likes.
Pronouns?: A simple yes/no. Rarely no.
Adjectives Agree with Nouns?: Simple
Purpose of Conlang: Artlang? IAL even?
I Am the 99 PercentI was a near 4.0 student in high school.I Am the 99 Percent2 years ago in Editorial More Like This
By age 17 had already served my country as a civil servant twice as a Congressional and State Senate Page.
Since as long as I can remember I've wanted to be an Astronaut.
So I worked hard and with the support of my family and a letter from my Congressman, got accepted into a good college to study Aerospace Engineering.
I've studied hard, and thanks to the government's FAFSA loan program and a some help from my family have been able to go to school for four years without a private loan.
My grades aren't great, but I love what I wanna do too much to give up when things get tough.
I've never expected help from anybody, and have always been willing to make it on my own steam if I have to, but I appreciate all the help I can get, and will take any advantage I find.
My parents worked hard their entire lives and have always lived within their means.
When the company my dad had worked for folded, he started his own business at 55 and thanks to years of
+ How To Kill A Furry +1. Your traditional shotgun to the face.+ How To Kill A Furry +5 years ago in Humor More Like This
2. Boiling them alive in reused vegetable oil.
3. Starving them in an empty room.
4. Amputating their limbs with a plastic knife.
5. Feeding them to a bear.
6. Driving over their bodies with an army tank.
7. Sending them to Afghanistan.
9. Dipping them into vats of hot mustard.
10. Suffocating them with their own fur.
11. Dragging them through a three mile cheese grater.
12. Injecting nitroglycerin into their body.
13. Setting their head on fire.
14. Pushing them underneath a working press.
15. Tripping them over into a bed of nails.
16. Pouring a bucket on piranhas down their throats.
17. Forcing them into a meat grinder and making chilli con carne out of them.
18. Shooting them with paintballs for seventeen hours.
19. Shoving their faces into a deep fryer.
20. Pouring acid onto their stomachs.
21. Sacrificing them to a giant spider.
22. Deporting them to Guantanamo Bay on twenty three fake charges of child molestation.
Language Primer:RDNA-verse FinA Primer on Select Languages of the Free Nations in the RDNA-verse.Language Primer:RDNA-verse Fin2 years ago in Settings More Like This
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The following presented are a general overview of some of the major languages spoken this alternate timeline. Due to the peculiar nature of divergences and the ideas behind both the terms "For want of a nail" and "In spite of a nail," it is little surprise to find that the versions of the languages spoken may not necessarily be exactly similar to those used in another world or time. Nonetheless, it should also be kept in mind that native-speaking visitors would find much that is recognizable and in some manner identical.
Spoken by approximately 300 Million people, the English language is one of the largest in the world, concentrated primarily in the Northern Hemisphere and the various lands formerly and currently under the British Imperial Commonwealth. But for all its diversity, it is predominated by two umbrella groups generally known as American Standard and Commonweal
Last GaspHalfway through 2011 we find ourselves in a much more complicated world than anytime since the Age of Enlightenment.Last Gasp3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
In America 52% of the country has stated that they don't have a problem with Gay Marriage and the US Military has begun the process to let gays and in many cases Women serve openly. Texas, California, and New Mexico have all become Majority Minority States and the others will soon join that status. A larger percentage of Americans are in favor of Legalizing Marijuana today (46% as of 2010) than ever before.
In the Middle East a new generation of activists have in many cases peacefully overthrown old authoritarian governments and installed new democratic regimes. Even in the cases where revolution had gone violent or failed, the new tools of political movement, the Internet and a camera, have enabled a new wave of political change and liberalization.
As of 2011 the United Nations declared access to a Free and Open Internet a fundamental right of humanity...
...and yet, th
Spore 2: As it Should Be*Origin Stage: You come upon a swirling gas cloud at some unknown point in the galaxy at some unknown time. Using your mouse you position a gravity well at the center of cloud and use your scroll wheel to increase or decrease the density of the well, and pulling the gasses in forming your star. You settle on an M Class Star, 15% larger than Sol.Spore 2: As it Should Be3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Once you've created your star the game highlights two bands orbiting the newly formed star and indicates them to be the Goldilocks zones, one for a terrestrial planet, and another for a potential moon of a Gas Giant. You choose the terrestrial body and position its gravity well at 1 AU, using the scroll wheel to make it 95% the size of Earth, with equal mass. The debris begins to form a molten body where you positioned the well, and the game indicates that it is time to form the planet's satellites. You position three gravity wells, forming three small moons from the debris orbiting your world, but the game indicates that there is still left ov
Nation Profile: RDNA FinalNation Profile: RDNA Final4 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Country Name - Royal Dominion of New Austria
Common Names - RDNA, New Austria, Habsburg Mexico
Languages - German/New Austrian, Hungarian, Polish, Spanish/Kuban
Capital - Neu Wien (New Vienna)
Government - Constitutional Monarchy
Current Monarch - Franz Ferdinand II (Habsburg Throne-in-Exile)
Current Prime Minister (c. 2024) - Josef Adenauer (Royalist Union Party)
Founding Dates - 1519 (As New Spain); 1554 (Ceded to Austrian rule) 1615 (Complete formal handover to Austria); 1687 (Entry into the HRE); 1819 (Dominion Status); 1928 (Successor State to the Austro-Hungarian Crownlands)
Physical Age - 21
Human Name - Francesca C. Edelstein-Hedervary
Physical Appearance - Light/mestizo features and skin tone; slim; long wavy hair; blue piercing eyes; generally in either a flowery summer dress or a cavalry officer's uniform.
Info - Francesca is generally warm and easy-going, though cultured. This is more evident in the pre-Terror days than the present; she still tries to
Classified Intro: RDNA-verse FR://PROGRAM RUNNINGClassified Intro: RDNA-verse F3 years ago in Settings More Like This
ELECTRICIZED INFORMATION OPERATING SERVICE. VERSION 7.5.
COPYRIGHT 1987-2024. STEINERBANK ELECTRICS LTD.
PROPERTY OF THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES. NEW VIENNA. RDNA.
-CENTRAL BRANCH SERVER-
LANGUAGE: BRITISH STANDARD/COMMONWEALTH STANDARD ENGLISH
AUTHORIZATION: CLASSIFIED; TOP SECRET
FILE NAME: 001-NPX "INTRODUCTION TO THE EXISTENCE OF NATION-PERSONIFICATIONS"
Among the myriad peoples that make up humanity are beings that from the outside resemble us. Yet at the same time they embody within their very essence whole cultures, societies and countries, such that they are them. Some of us may already be aware in some manner of these avatars, if not know them personally. From all the names given to them, it is for the sake of convenience that this document refers to these beings as "Nation-Personifications," or "Nations" for short. It is also for the purpo
An Evening with Infinity WardA Strange Evening with Infinity Ward: An Alternate History Tale of Game DevelopmentAn Evening with Infinity Ward3 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
"So let me get this straight," Infinity Ward Director Jason West said finally. "You're not supposed to kill him."
"Um, not exactly sir." The reply came almost unanimously from the small group of programmers in front of him, having finished their proposal for a new mod. "It's supposed to be a challenge."
"You do realize how close to launch the game is. And yet you tell me about this now?!" It wasn't hyperbole. The follow-up to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was just a few months close to release date. Besides, there was still the matter of polishing, debugging and generally finishing the game. And with the scuffle with Activision brewing, things were becoming harder for everyone the office.
"Mr. West," one of them pleaded. "Won't you at least see the playback?"
"Fine. But don't think I'll just change my mind." Everyone's eyes soon turned to the flatscreen TV as the loading
French ColorsBlack NoirFrench Colors4 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
College SolutionsOur higher education system is medieval, backwards, and in many ways more broken that our public education system.College Solutions2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Sure, students shoulder 70% of the financial burden for operating costs of most colleges.
Yes, professors get tenure that makes them immune to criticism and insultingly bad teaching and failing rates.
And it is true that students have no rights whatsoever to negotiate the contracts they signed with their respective schools.
That is not the biggest problem though.
The biggest problem, for engineering colleges at least, is the way they breed a culture into our future movers and shakers that discourages cooperation, and does not adequately prepare them to not only survive in the industry as it is, but to adapt as it changes.
In almost every class, you are told to sign a "student contract," that says you will not plagiarize or cheat, or do anything else unethical.
Well the definition of "cheating," for some teachers is the act of asking people who have taken the class before f
When English is spoken through Reptile JawsThe 38th Century is the Peak of a New Great Era of Mankind. Humanity has struggled through the tribulations of the galaxy, the Secessionist Migrations, the Optimist Incursion, the Slave-God Wars, and most recently the Great Citizenship. But despite all this, the nations of men stand strong, their empires seem stand on feet of granite, and national anthems written long centuries ago echo heartily through alien lungs and jaws. But a darkness begins to dim the glittering hopes of the mighty civilisations of humans, and tensions grow between the mighty empires. Fear and blood and fire linger in the minds of the galactic citizenry but such fears are brushed off as paranoia.When English is spoken through Reptile Jaws7 months ago in Settings More Like This
Mankind began its journey to greatness in the 21st century. Their first forays into space were primitive, slow and desperate. Men hailed as heroes in the 38th century, were in their own ages crippled by low gravity and aged prematurely by radiation. But in the latter years of that century, when the Solar colonies were ju
Dark Places - Golden AgeI wrap my cloak around my shoulders as a thin and bitter wind sweeps around the edge of the squat concrete building behind me. Like most old Martian constructions, the concrete is stained a deep red, affected by the dust that used to shroud the planet before the terraforming drowned or stabilised the majority of the deserts, and the active hydrocycle leached most of the dust from the atmosphere. The stars here are hard bright points, not as lensed and twinkling as I'm used to, through the thin air. We're a good few kilometres above the datum here, and far into the dry and cold southern hemisphere. We're on a slight rise, and on the horizon I can see the dim lights of a small town called David's Crater. Just over the horizon, there's a faint glow lighting the thin clouds from the Chartered City of Gamble, an independent city-state dating back to the early waves of colonisation, founded originally by the Americans, I seem to remember, before their accession to the Confederated Nations AlDark Places - Golden Age4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Constructed Language OutlineBasicsConstructed Language Outline1 day ago in Academic Essays More Like This
A priori or A Posteriori:
Primary Language Type:
Secondary Language Type:
Primary Word Order:
Secondary Word Order:
Degrees of Comparison:
Designing a MiracleApril 14th, 2019: New Shepard, TexasDesigning a Miracle3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Lauri and Mona sat in the waiting room of the local Fertility Institute ready to make the biggest decision of their lives, and all either could do was hold onto the other's hands in the cold and crowded waiting room, watching countless other perspective parents come and go. Some looked elated, others simply looked just as anxious as they did.
"Lauri and Mona Flores," an older nurse called out, "Dr. Chella will see you now."
Mona was the first to rise, still clutching her wife's hand as if to pull her up with her. The two had talked about this for more than three years; first with idle, "have you ever thought about"s, then moving into more serious, "do you think we're ready"s, and finally the dry, but easily most crucial, "can we afford it?"s.
The hall was decorated with OLED displays each cycling though images of how the process is done, while other simply showed happy clients with their new children.
ADJL: Through a Dragon's EyesSeptember 11, 2001ADJL: Through a Dragon's Eyes6 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Ill never forget it
It was on that ordinary day when four airplanes were hijacked by a group of terrorists
One crashed into the pentagon
Another crashed somewhere in Pennsylvania
The other two? Well, take a guess
Right here, in my home of the NYC Right here, where Im at right now Where Im looking at.
I just got out of school and thought Id Dragon Up and fly through the peaceful skies of New York, letting my mind wander and relax for today. I still cant believe its been so long since that day. Six years since that horrible day. I still cant believe its been so long How time flies Probably as fast as how I flew through the skies of New York earlier today. Heh
As I was flying through the sky I couldnt help but see the empty skies from where I would usually see those two towers majestically standing tall. I loved how when I used to fly circles around those
GA - The Second Renaissance"Earth was our cradle; but all children outgrow their cradle eventually." - Emperor Phillip IIIGA - The Second Renaissance3 years ago in Settings More Like This
A spacesuited figure drifts slowly towards the twisted wreckage, turning slowly, jets of gas venting sporadically from the suit to match the user's velocity and spin to the wreck. The figure detaches a complex looking device from it's spacesuit leg, and holds it against the scorched metal surface of the wreckage. Sparks fly into space as the figure drags the cutting device over the surface, carefully dissecting the floating ruins. Across a thousand kilometres, hundreds of others carry out similar tasks, drifting in a dense cloud of wreckage. Far above them shines the Moon, half sunlit white and grey, half darkness speckled by pinpoint lights of settlements and facilities. Near the disk of the lunar face shine half a dozen points of light, orbiting stations and complexes. Beneath them, considerably closer and larger than the face of the Moon, the home of humanity, Earth, a tortured wor
Tron MST 1MSters:Tron MST 17 years ago in Humor More Like This
Tron and Tori: Chapter 1
In the real world...
sat at her computer, trying to work on fixing a broken program. She had been at this for hours now, and nothing seemed to be working.
Flynn: Sounds like she needs a break.
Power (o/c): Have a break. Have a kitkat.
MCP: Advertising? Shameful.
Power (o/c): Whatever.
Maybe if I rezz myself back into the computer like before, she thought, I could fix the problem from the inside.
Tori had told people the story of how she met Tron, and helped save the digital world from the MCP,
Tron: When did that happen?
MCP: I do not recall this. . . Tori.
and how her brother had also helped them when they were first attacked. No one really believed her accept for her counselor and a friend of hers, who later decided that they wouldnt be friends anymore.
Sark: . . . Are we supposed to care?
No error messages. No random E-mails fr