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paul wheaton
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The other night I had a dream about ghosts.

I was visiting with a ghost that used to live where we both were at the moment. Some sort of house. I got the impression that the ghost didn't spend much time there, and was stopping by for a visit.

The ghost pointed out that some of his possessions were still there, hanging from a nail in the garage. You could tell they were his because they were kinda see through. Just like he was kinda see through. You know, because he's a ghost.

So I guess in that dream, stuff can be a ghost.

Like, clothes.

In ghostbusters, the ghosts had clothes. Most of them.

The people that see ghosts, I wonder if they see the ghosts with clothes.

Or stuff.


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marc weber
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Hmmm... The basis for a good short story?


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In the movies you have see through clothes


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Sameer Jamal
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yup something which has got opacity<50% is ghost stuff
Ben Souther
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Originally posted by Sameer Jamal:
yup something which has got opacity<50% is ghost stuff


So window panes are ghost stuff?


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Do sheets count as clothes?


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paul wheaton
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What are ghosty bits made of? Your soul?

And if you die and become a ghost, do your clothes die with you? And your other stuff?
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Only those who overload a lot becomes ghosts when they die. In fact, they don't bring cloths with them, they just pass them from by reference.


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Ernest Friedman-Hill
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In the movies, when you see a ghost with clothes, the clothes cover them up. Even though you can see through them and therefore through the clothes, you can't see them through the clothes. How does that work? Transparency in CG is an interesting topic; if you've ever tried to work with alpha values in OpenGL you know it's a bitch to do it right -- especially if you have multiple overlapping transparent objects.

I wonder if it really works the way it does in the movies. I don't think it would. Like if there were a really hot girl ghost, she would have a hard time scaring guys, cause they'd be all "Hey, you're HOT and essentially NAKED due to the alpha value of your garments!" and she'd be all "shut UP an be SCARED doodz!"

Sorry, was writing an episode of Dinosaur Comics in my head, apparently.


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Some ghosts have skeletons, some don't, or some skeletons have transparent skeletons. The whole transparency thing confuses me as well. Some ghosts seem that if they took their clothes off, you wouldn't see the ghost at all anymore. Which would be a shame if the ghost was hot.

Hmm, hot ghosts might be an interesting topic...


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paul wheaton
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Originally posted by Gregg Bolinger:


Hmm, hot ghosts might be an interesting topic...


In "sixth sense" weren't they really cold?

In "GhostBusters" wasn't there a woman ghost floating over that guy's bed ... unzipping his pants?
marc weber
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Originally posted by Paul Wheaton:
What are ghosty bits made of? Your soul?

And if you die and become a ghost, do your clothes die with you? And your other stuff?

Ghostly manifestations of physical things (body, clothes, voice, etc.) are just a user interface. The model has no knowledge of the view.
 
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