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MagnanimousOne Candidate | joined 03 March 2004 | 12 posts


The Title posted 11 March 2004 in The Thousandfold ThoughtThe Title by MagnanimousOne, Candidate

Alright - you guilt-tripped me into my first post.

WSS sounds like a summer camp. OK, that would be a pretty cool summer camp but still... view post


Radio Sarnia posted 14 June 2004 in Tour and Signing InformationRadio Sarnia by MagnanimousOne, Candidate

Are you planning on having a launch and signing in London again? view post


The value of a life posted 07 July 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionThe value of a life by MagnanimousOne, Candidate

Forgiving should be as much, if not more, for the benefit of the forgiver. Ultimately, anyone who holds a grudge is doing themselves harm. It's like the old saying "It's better to give than to receive".

I believe that you carry those hard feelings with you and they build up and make you bitter. You continue to be the victim, instead of healing.

Learn from your experiences, don't let them control you.


On the topic of the death penalty, I disagree with it. What benefit is there?

Save money? Really? Any idea how much it costs to convict and carry out a death sentence compared to a life prison sentence? Me either but I'm betting the difference is a lot smaller than you might imagine.

Reduce prison crowding? Really? As others have pointed out, the percentage of the overall prison population that is on death row is miniscule. Overcrowding is a result of mandatory sentences and drug crimes. Legalize illicit drugs and you can fix overcrowding and gain huge tax revenues. Two ways to save/make $.

Deter others? Really? Again going back to the small percentage of criminals whose offence may qualify them for death row, is this kind of person actually thinking of the consequenses before they act? Hmmm, I was thinking I'd like to kill that cop, but since they might kill me in return, I better not. I think most of these people are oblivious to the consequences. What about those criminals who feel they've already commited acts that will result in the death penalty and therefore have no compunctions about doing more or worse until they get caught?

By taking a life your life is forfeit. Eye for an eye? Is this really justice? How does killing someone serve the greater good? Do you believe that if someone is convicted of rape they should be raped in turn?

Anybody know who killed the most people in the US? The state of Texas - a serial killer with a license to kill!

I haven't had this disucssion before so if my arguments don't make sense, please enlighten me. view post


London Free Press Article posted 08 July 2004 in Interviews and ReviewsLondon Free Press Article by MagnanimousOne, Candidate

Here is an article from Scott's hometown, London, Ontario. I am posting it in its entirety because I'm sure the Free Press link will disappear soon. In it I hear snippets from the hot topic lately re: the Mieville essay.

Question for Scott - is that wedge you are talking about a Sand Wedge or a Pitching Wedge?



Writer manages life of fantasy and reality
Londoner Scott Bakker blends his world with a world of wonder.
Sandra Coulson, Lifestyles Reporter
London Free Press
2004-07-07



Reality keeps breaking into Scott Bakker's fantasy.
Bakker is the London writer whose fantasy-fiction trilogy The Prince of Nothing was launched last year with The Darkness That Comes Before.

The book received almost unanimously rave reviews from Publishers Weekly, the Guardian, SFX Magazine and other publications.

A young reader from Washington state bought a copy while on a visit to Vancouver -- months before the novel was released in the U.S. -- and was so excited by it that he and a friend have launched a popular fans' website.

The book has been published in Canada, Britain and the U.S. Translation deals opened the Russian, Polish, German and French markets. An agreement in principle is in place for Spanish.

That would be a fantasy come true for any first-time novelist.

Then Bakker committed himself to producing the second book, The Warrior-Prophet, within a year.

He thought a year would be long enough, considering he had the entire trilogy "scribbled out."

But at the same time, he was under a deadline to defend the outline for his PhD dissertation in philosophy at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.

And he was teaching pop culture and composition at Fanshawe College.

Oh, and he was planning a wedding to his fiancee, Sharron O'Brien, a counsellor at WIL Counselling and Training for Employment.

Bakker managed one day off all year -- and used it to see another work of fantasy fiction, the Lord of the Rings.

The Warrior-Prophet did get finished, however, and is in bookstores.

It's a work pace that Bakker is used to. In fact, it deserves some credit for the trilogy.

"Grad school teaches you to be a workaholic, so you can't relax and blow off steam -- at least, I couldn't, anyway -- without feeling I was doing something productive," he says.

In his free time over 20 years, he dreamed up the world of the Western Three Seas, including the philosophies, literatures, histories and religions of its diverse nations.

That Tolkien-like detail gave The Darkness That Comes Before an edge among readers and reviewers.

The fantasy-fiction genre has elements that lend themselves to formulaic storytelling: the resolute hero, the dark lord, the medieval-looking setting, an apocalyptic evil, a dragon.

But Bakker gives his books a realistic spin with characters who have quite ordinary flaws.

"I'm more interested in taking human beings, people who suffer all the uncertainties of passion and all the frailties of what it means to be human, and placing them in these epic circumstances," he says.

But he remains fascinated by genre writing. "These formulas have been around literally since storytelling was invented. . . . There's just something really, really human about these," he says.

"There's people who would throw chairs at me for some of this, but I really think in some ways genre is more honest than a lot of what passes for literature. And by honest, I mean it is unreflective primarily because it is commercial. So much of it is written for the express purpose of consumption by masses of readers that it ends up reflecting, unconsciously, a lot of truths about our culture."

He sees fantasy fiction developing a tighter and tighter hold on a contemporary culture that struggles with a loss of wonder in an age of science.

"Fantasy takes all these values rendered irrelevant by post-industrial society and tries to bring them back," Bakker says.

"It's like the thin edge of the wedge for this ongoing, very troubling cultural transformation we find ourselves going through."


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Drug Legalization posted 08 July 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionDrug Legalization by MagnanimousOne, Candidate

I'm sure there are some good arguments for legalizing all drugs, and I may be for that as well if I thought about it more. But what I meant was the lightweights, like MaryJane and Shrooms. And maybe cocaine - ok I'm probably losing most of you here.

I've rolled a few in my day, if its not obvious yet, so I speak from experience when I say it does not lead to heavier drugs. I have had many opportunities to try (read: peer pressure) cocaine and other heavier drugs and have chosen not to.

So people get high - big deal. Alcohol abuse is much more detrimental to the person and to society as a whole in my opinion. There's a percentage of the population that, for some reason, see drugs as evil. What's up with that?

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The topic has been officially highjacked - and here I was hoping to hear people bash me on my thoughts on the death penalty. view post


Ages posted 08 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionAges by MagnanimousOne, Candidate

32 or, in other words, just right. view post


London Free Press Article posted 08 July 2004 in Interviews and ReviewsLondon Free Press Article by MagnanimousOne, Candidate

Enjoy it, you deserve it. Don't get a big head though (hard with all that hair, I know).

Wabyss? I guess that would fall under tha category of Lob Wedge? view post


Drug Legalization posted 09 July 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionDrug Legalization by MagnanimousOne, Candidate

@Larry&gt; I think most people have been touched in some way by drug abuse. Your cousin's story is sad, but not uncommon. In fact it's probably pretty typical of abusers. Not to diminish what your family and cousin are going through. To take these people off the streets and put them in jail with violent criminals does nothing to help them. Like another poster mentioned, it probably only makes them worse. Jail is like criminal college, go in as an amateur and come out with a degree.
I think the a lot of abusers would huff paint if drugs weren't available. It's not about the high, it's about punishing yourself. Suicide the slow way.
They need help to find out why they want to do this to themselves. Drugs are the symptom, not the problem.
Rehab and counselling instead of jail makes sense to me.

@Loof&gt; I dont think rehab would be more costly than prison - if it works. It's a matter of fixing the problem, vs putting the problem on hold and having to deal with it again as soon as the person is released from jail.

@Replay&gt; No doubt most with an opinion on this subject are speaking from experience, or lack of. Same with any other topic.

I and others have already compared pot to booze. I think most would agree that the detrimental effects to the person and to society caused by alcohol are worse than pot - disregarding the costs of the drug war.

What about comparing pot to caffeine, or cold medicine? People don't normally have adverse effects from these everyday drugs, but a percentage do. A percentage get adicted, too.

Escape? Try TV, books, just about any other form of entertainment or sports.

I've always believed we all have our addictions, whether it be drugs/alcohol or work or collecting baseball cards or sex;), etc. view post


Now Reading... posted 09 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by MagnanimousOne, Candidate

I'm just about finished reading A Good Walk Spoiled by John Feinstein.

It's a good look inside the PGA tour and a few of it's players' struggles. It also gives the reader some insight into the game and the way it can take hold of people. BTW&gt; the title is based on a famous quote by Mark Twain. view post


Now Reading... posted 12 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by MagnanimousOne, Candidate

Gates of Fire by Pressfield. Historical fiction about how 300 Spartans died defending Thermopolae against the 2 million strong Persian army of Xerxes.

Its the current Book Club selection at the malazan.com forum. Feel free to join the discussion there. view post


Anyone read American Gods, by Neil Gaiman? posted 03 August 2004 in Literature DiscussionAnyone read American Gods, by Neil Gaiman? by MagnanimousOne, Candidate

This was a Book Club selection at the Malazan board. Here's my (short) reveiw:

** Minor Spoilers **

Here's the environment for Gaiman's story: by worshipping you create (or add power to) the object of worship. The stronger and more volumous the devotion, the more powerful the idol. Thus are Gods created. Not a new idea in fantasy fiction. So we see all the 'old gods' as weak and insignificant whereas the 'new gods' with masses of followers wield mightier swords so to speak. The old gods now feel threatened by the new gods and seek to band together to fight them, fearing total annihilation, one by one, if they do not.

I found this book to be a pretty easy read. The characters were generally likeable and the writing style was enjoyable. I agree that the ideas in the book are not new but maybe Gaiman explored the whole 'worship creates' thing a little further. Shadow was a sad guy; not much emotion, very little in the way of a vision for his own future. He was very much disinterested in his life. It almost seemed like the basis for the first half of the book, just different examples of how little he cared. As time went on he started caring, first about 'the cause' and finally about himself.

With some extra credit for reading enjoyment I would rate this a 7.5/10. I have added Gaiman to my list of authors to buy when I see anything in the used bookstore. view post


Science disenchanting the world. posted 09 October 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionScience disenchanting the world. by MagnanimousOne, Candidate

What kind of proof Mr Cretien? view post


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