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AjDeath Didact | joined 25 August 2004 | 301 posts


How would you describe yourself? posted 26 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionHow would you describe yourself? by AjDeath, Didact

Huge, frigging cynic. <!-- s:P --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_razz.gif" alt=":P" title="Razz" /><!-- s:P -->

Music is my life, couldn't do without it. This should tell you that I can be unreasonable and irrational.

Liberal in the Funk and Wagnall sense.

Reading/writing is where my head is at, always.

I delight in the absurd. Nothing is too raunchy or off the wall for my sense of humor.

And foremost, I see myself as openminded. view post


Now listening to... posted 26 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Dew Scented-Acts Of Rage view post


Now Reading... posted 26 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by AjDeath, Didact

Now reading Book three of the Otori Trilogy, Brilliance of the Moon by Lian Hearn. He is a damn fine writer, very concise and at times very poetic. view post


Is the idea of a &quot;god&quot; inherent in our minds? posted 28 August 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionIs the idea of a &quot;god&quot; inherent in our minds? by AjDeath, Didact

I do not see that our minds are predisposed to believe in a God. I see society needing a way to explain accepted folkways and mores. Stories and parables are the easiest way to achieve this. When we tell them to our children, which is a natural thing to do, our children grow up believing at least some of these lessons at face value. Mans incessant need to explain his suroundings and why we are here I believe stem from our fear of the unknown, meaning death. In my opinion, our belief in God has more to do with our inability to cope with our own mortality and our pride. view post


The value of a life posted 28 August 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionThe value of a life by AjDeath, Didact

I do not remember where I got this statistic (will look it up) but I remember reading that one corporation that had to pay for wrongfull death suites judged each human life to be worth one million dollars a piece. A fair price for life? Not in my opinion. Killing people does not solve anything, it is an easy way to avoid our (society's) responsibility in the development of the criminal human being. It ends the result, not the cause. view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 29 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by AjDeath, Didact

Lover view post


Quotes posted 29 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionQuotes by AjDeath, Didact

"Love is a promise delivered already broken."-Steve Martin

This might be the closest thing to the "truth" I have ever heard. view post


Now listening to... posted 29 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Bloodbath-Outnumbering The Day view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 31 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by AjDeath, Didact

Insect view post


Mindless Amusement: Type your Username with your elbows posted 02 September 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionMindless Amusement: Type your Username with your elbows by AjDeath, Didact

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Wow, that is not even in the right ballpark. view post


Misheard lyrics posted 02 September 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionMisheard lyrics by AjDeath, Didact

CCR, there's a bathroom on the right. view post


Now Reading... posted 02 September 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by AjDeath, Didact

Since I have heard so much about it, I am now reading Gardens of the Moon. view post


Terry Goodkind engages in rape fantasy? posted 02 September 2004 in Literature DiscussionTerry Goodkind engages in rape fantasy? by AjDeath, Didact

I enjoyed his works up to and including Faith Of The Fallen. The last two books were just too much for me, it seems that nothing is really happening in them, if you know what I mean. view post


Anyone read American Gods, by Neil Gaiman? posted 02 September 2004 in Literature DiscussionAnyone read American Gods, by Neil Gaiman? by AjDeath, Didact

I thought this book was great. It was also a bit wierd, which I like.

Neverwhere was damn interesting too. view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 03 September 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by AjDeath, Didact

Italy view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 03 September 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by AjDeath, Didact

Forum view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 03 September 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by AjDeath, Didact

Slide view post


sarah ash posted 03 September 2004 in Literature Discussionsarah ash by AjDeath, Didact

I enjoyed the first one and I am wiating for the second to show up around here. view post


dark tower? posted 03 September 2004 in Literature Discussiondark tower? by AjDeath, Didact

I got about midway through Wizard and Glasss and lost interest, is it worth it to slog through it? view post


Prince Of Ayodhya posted 03 September 2004 in Literature DiscussionPrince Of Ayodhya by AjDeath, Didact

Anyone else read any of of Ashok K. Banker's Ramayana? I have only read the first and found it thoroughly enjoyable. I am still waiting for the rest to be released in the U.S. I frigging hate these damnable U.S. publishers, any non-American literature is always about five years behind. FRUSTRATION! view post


Now listening to... posted 03 September 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

I am currently listening to Opeth, The Twilight Is My Robe, from Orchid. Anyone who has not heard this band, I don't care if you do not listen to metal, must prchase an Opeth album, anyone with a brain will find it enjoyable. view post


Sex posted 03 September 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionSex by AjDeath, Didact

27 males???? view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 03 September 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by AjDeath, Didact

pick view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 04 September 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by AjDeath, Didact

Loomis (guitar player that is amazing) view post


Gay marriage: for or against its legalization in the US? posted 04 September 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionGay marriage: for or against its legalization in the US? by AjDeath, Didact

Gotta love The Heritage foundation, pshh.


My take on this is that I will treat everyone how I wish to be treated myself. I do not want people telling me what to believe, how I should live etc. So, I will not tell anyone else how to live. Even though I myself cannot see why they are what they are, I realize that they are human beings and deserve every right that we have made up for ourselves. As long as nobody murders and such(insert morally unexceptable crime here), people should generally do what they want. But I am an optimist... <!-- s:roll: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_rolleyes.gif" alt=":roll:" title="Rolling Eyes" /><!-- s:roll: --> <!-- s:P --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_razz.gif" alt=":P" title="Razz" /><!-- s:P --> view post


dark tower? posted 04 September 2004 in Literature Discussiondark tower? by AjDeath, Didact

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I can understand being frustrated by the lack of forward progress towards the Tower. Is that it, though? Too much romance?[/quote:343jebxk]

No, no. It just seems the whole thing got bogged down. I am 187 pages in to the book and it just hasn't clicked yet. As a rule, I allow 200 pages a book for it to really get my attention, less than twenty to go with this one. I am just wondering if it is really worth it to keep at it, I bought all the books when I started the series, I really enjoyed the first three, but at this point in the whole story I can not see myself reading these books. view post


Battleground God posted 05 September 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionBattleground God by AjDeath, Didact

You have been awarded the TPM medal of distinction! This is our second highest award for outstanding service on the intellectual battleground.

The fact that you progressed through this activity being hit only once and biting no bullets suggests that your beliefs about God are well thought out and almost entirely internally consistent.


The direct hit you suffered occurred because one set of your answers implied a logical contradiction. At the bottom of this page, we have reproduced the analysis of your direct hit. You would have bitten bullets had you responded in ways that required that you held views that most people would have found strange, incredible or unpalatable. However, this did not occur which means that despite the direct hit you qualify for our second highest award. A good achievement!

Direct Hit 1

You answered "True" to Question 7 and "False" to Question 15.

These answers generated the following response:

You've just taken a direct hit! Earlier you said that it is justifiable to base one's beliefs about the external world on a firm, inner conviction, regardless of the external evidence, or lack of it, for the truth or falsity of this conviction. But now you do not accept that the rapist Peter Sutcliffe was justified in doing just that. The example of the rapist has exposed that you do not in fact agree that any belief is justified just because one is convinced of its truth. So you need to revise your opinion here. The intellectual sniper has scored a bull's-eye!

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They got me here /\

I am not going to say a rapist was right (at least in his "world")Because he Thought that God wanted him to do these things. My world is based on perceptions, but definitely not this much relativity. view post


Now listening to... posted 05 September 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Quote: &quot;Orion_metalhead&quot;:qp6s2ixh
Quote: &quot;AjDeath&quot;:qp6s2ixh
I am currently listening to Opeth, The Twilight Is My Robe, from Orchid. Anyone who has not heard this band, I don't care if you do not listen to metal, must prchase an Opeth album, anyone with a brain will find it enjoyable.[/quote:qp6s2ixh]

for those who havent heard them i would start with Damnation and Morningrise. both give a great feel as to what the band is capable of and, in my opinion, they can do just about anything. Damnation is really mellow and Morningrise is a combination of the Heavy and the Mellow blended into what can be considered an artform. Advent (off Morningrise) and Death Whispered a Lullaby (off Damnation) are two of the greatest songs ive ever heard. and ive heard many.[/quote:qp6s2ixh]I Concur. These guys write some very beautiful music. i do know that many bands are now copying this style, but Opeth remains totally unique.



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reading posted 05 September 2004 in Off-Topic Discussionreading by AjDeath, Didact

J.V. Jones new books are among my favs. They really put to shame her earlier material. Sorry, but it is true. <!-- s:( --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_sad.gif" alt=":(" title="Sad" /><!-- s:( --> view post


Now listening to... posted 05 September 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Meshuggah-I

22 minutes of schizophrenic goodness. And a huge step ahead of Nothing.
(Sorry if that means zilch to you guys. This band is great.) view post


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