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The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant (first series) posted 14 April 2005 in Literature DiscussionThe Chronicles of Thomas Covenant (first series) by Scilvenas, Auditor

Forgive the new guy for making his first post in another author's thread, but yeah, Donaldson's great. If you like your fantasy hard and dark (imagine that's just about everybody here), you can't go wrong with the Chrons. I'm a regular at [url=http://kevinswatch.ihugny.com:puy33cso]Kevin's Watch[/url:puy33cso], Donaldson's offical message board. view post


kellhus == good guy?? posted 14 April 2005 in The Darkness That Comes Beforekellhus == good guy?? by Scilvenas, Auditor

I wouldn't say he's a bad guy. The problem is trying to judge him by "normal person" standards. He's quite a bit beyond "normal" in ability. If you judge him by a lower standard, a human standard, he appears almost evil.

No, I think the problems might arise if he ever becomes capable of judging by human standards. view post


just read the book.... posted 14 April 2005 in The Darkness That Comes Beforejust read the book.... by Scilvenas, Auditor

Saw the blurb by Erikson on the cover of the second book. If Donaldson recommended Erikson and Erikson was good... view post


Moenghus = Mallahet? posted 14 April 2005 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeMoenghus = Mallahet? by Scilvenas, Auditor

Quote: "Sovin Nai":30mhrkyj
Unless it wasn't a mistake, and we're supposed to realize that they are the same, but no characters will?[/quote:30mhrkyj]
The stock definition of "dramatic irony", IIRC. view post


Any Wolfe fans? posted 14 April 2005 in Literature DiscussionAny Wolfe fans? by Scilvenas, Auditor

Just checking to see how many people here have broken their teeth on anything harder than Goodkind and Jordan. view post


Erikson? posted 15 April 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionErikson? by Scilvenas, Auditor

There are also people who don't like Tolstoy, Joyce, Faulkner, and Hemmingway. Just because you don't enjoy reading it doesn't mean it's badly written. I will say, however, that his writing is typically English: a bit dry with different punctuation and spacing than many are used to. view post


Erikson? posted 16 April 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionErikson? by Scilvenas, Auditor

Among SF authors, yes, I believe Erikson is in that league. However, that wasn't my point. You said it was poorly written. That is simply not the case, and please forgive me, but I don't think you're qualified to make that statement. It's fine if you didn't like the characters, plot, etc. We're all entitled to our opinions, but quality of writing is less subjective. view post


Erikson? posted 17 April 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionErikson? by Scilvenas, Auditor

Quote: "Faelcind Il Danach":ykz2dmbd
...the statement was firmly coached as my own perception... I don't want to get in a big argument about "objective" merits...[/quote:ykz2dmbd]
That doesn't leave much to talk about, then, does it?

And look, I'm not saying Erikson is the next James Joyce . You're making a bit of a deductive reasoning error. I'm just saying some people don't like authors, regardless of talent. And I believe that when people look back at the fantasy writers around the turn of the century, Erikson's name will stand with others like Mieville, Martin, and Bakker. view post


Movie - Primer posted 19 April 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionMovie - Primer by Scilvenas, Auditor

I just watched this today (perk of the 2nd job at Hollywood that I get to see them before they hit the shelves). I gotta say, it's one hell of a movie. Sci-fi flick about time travel. About ten times as hard to get your head around as Memento and none of the Donnie Darko pseudo-depth (not saying Donnie Darko was bad, just that some people make more out of it than it is). Apparently, it cost $7,000 to make. view post


Gay marriage: for or against its legalization in the US? posted 21 April 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionGay marriage: for or against its legalization in the US? by Scilvenas, Auditor

Well, if said transgendered person had already won all the contests that would allow him to enter the Miss World pageant, he's obviously good. If he can compete, why not? Unless we all just admit that the only reason we really watch such things are for the hot chicks and ensuing carnal desires that arise. view post


Do you believe a God exists? posted 21 April 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionDo you believe a God exists? by Scilvenas, Auditor

I have no tea. (forgive me if that's too obscure of a reference) view post


What we look like posted 27 May 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat we look like by Scilvenas, Auditor

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A few questions . . . posted 27 May 2005 in Author Q &amp; AA few questions . . . by Scilvenas, Auditor

Going back to Kellhus' extraordinary fighting abilities:

I couldn't help noticing a similarity to the description of some martial arts masters' (Aikido, specifically, if memory serves) ability to almost see, certainly to sense, projected lines of force from projectile weapons, allowing them, more or less, to dodge bullets.

In turn I was reminded, though certainly it's only my own inference, of the Grammaton Clerics' [url=http&#58;//www&#46;gunkatta&#46;com/home&#46;htm:21nee6oq]gunkatta[/url:21nee6oq] in the movie Equilibrium, and, to a much lesser extent, of Neo in The Matrix.

My question is, when it comes to catching arrows, is Kellhus that fast or is he that precise? view post


And now for something totally idiotic - BK v McDonalds posted 28 May 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionAnd now for something totally idiotic - BK v McDonalds by Scilvenas, Auditor

Given the choice between McD's and BK, I'd probably go with McD's. BK used to have a much better menu, but now...

That being said, forget both of 'em. Give me Hardies, Arbys, or Jack in the Box or In &amp; Out Burger (west coast only... stupid east coast) any day. Or Arctic Circle if you're allowed to go back in time... Sonic if you're not.

I don't eat fast food that often, but when I do, I want it to be gooood. McD's and BK are the vanilla icecream (imitation at that) of the fast food business. view post


Need Help with a Reading List... posted 30 May 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionNeed Help with a Reading List... by Scilvenas, Auditor

Book of the New Sun by Wolfe
Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Donaldson
Neverness by Zindell view post


Orson Scott Card and Homosexual Marriage posted 02 June 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionOrson Scott Card and Homosexual Marriage by Scilvenas, Auditor

Quote: &quot;Kidruhil Lancer&quot;:29ky2mt1
I don't see why they shouldn't get married... but getting married in a church or having a minister say "by the power invested in me by God.." just wouldn't be right.[/quote:29ky2mt1]

I agree with you, and I am not a Christian. However, it's important to note that, just like the word "marriage," "god" and to a lesser extent "church" are not the exclusive domain of christians. More importantly, not every christian (or christian sect that may have a church) believes in the strict interpretation of the bible that proclude's gay marriage (for example, look at how many christians believe in ghosts or having their pets with them in heaven and such). In a society whose government forbids the imposition of any single faith on the whole and grants favorable status for marriage to the whole, the government can't define marriage or allow a single group to define it. view post


Multiplexing? posted 03 June 2005 in Author Q &amp; AMultiplexing? by Scilvenas, Auditor

I'm sitting at home the other day, thinking about an old story idea I had (came from an instructor with a heavy accent saying "narrow band" but sounding like "neuroband") equating minds with radios. And then I thought of multiplexing. Basically, the human mind can consciously process, IIRC, between one and two hundred bits of information per second, basically being able to listen to four or five conversations at once, being able to participate in two, etc. But if you have a formula for parsing many events and sampling them sequentially (time division multiplexing) you could probably expand that several times over, I thought.

"Great, Syl, but what's your question?" Well, this has nothing to do with the thousandfold thought, does it? Will Kellhus go from multitasking to multiplexing? Not that I want spoilers, I've just seen too many ideas swallowed by the collective unconscious to waste time on another one (which probably means I should do more writing and less thinking). view post


Orson Scott Card and Homosexual Marriage posted 03 June 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionOrson Scott Card and Homosexual Marriage by Scilvenas, Auditor

Didn't the ten commandments also happen before The Grace? Seems to be more proof of the picking and choosing.

Taken from the answer to the quiz [url=http&#58;//www&#46;ffrf&#46;org/quiz:12wi4omz]here[/url:12wi4omz]

Don't boil a young goat in the milk of its mother. --Believe it or not, this prohibition in Exodus 34:26 is the official tenth commandment, from the only set of stone tablets that were called "the ten commandments." There were three sets of commandments:
1) The first time Moses came down from Mount Sinai with commandments, he merely recited a list (Exodus 20:2-17), which is the version most churches today erroneously call the "Ten Commandments," although they were not engraved on stone tablets and not called "the ten commandments."

2) The first set of stone tablets was given to Moses at a subsequent trip up the mountain (Exodus 31:18). In this farcical story, Moses petulantly destroyed those tablets when he saw the people worshipping the golden calf (Exodus 32:19).

3) So he went back for a replacement. God told Moses: "Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest." (Exodus 34:1) Here is what was on the replacement tablets (from Exodus 34:14-26):

1) Thou shalt worship no other God. 2) Thou shalt make thee no molten gods. 3) The feast of unleavened bread shalt thou keep. 4) Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest. 5) Thou shalt observe the feast of weeks. 6) Thrice in the year shall all your menchildren appear before the Lord God. 7) Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven. <!-- s8) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_cool.gif" alt="8)" title="Cool" /><!-- s8) --> Neither shall the sacrifice of the feast of the passover be left until the morning. 9) The first of the firstfruits of thy land shalt thou bring unto the house of the Lord thy God. 10) Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother's milk.
Keep this in mind next time you are tempted to boil a goat. This list differs, obviously, from the one in Exodus 20 (was God's memory faulty?), but it is only this list that is called the "Ten Commandments": "And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments." (Exodus 34:28)


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Multiplexing? posted 06 June 2005 in Author Q &amp; AMultiplexing? by Scilvenas, Auditor

I think if you missed my point, which is completely understandable, I'm safe.

To explain it in terms other than radio principles, though, imagine you have a computer system that tracks ballistic missiles. It can track, say, up to five objects, and plot their future coordinates. But if you sampled each trajectory, say at 1/6th of a second (and following Xeno's logic, you could, theoretically, divide a second into infinite portions), you're now able to track and plot 30 objects, albeit with less fidelity.

I wish I had thought of the probability trance in that regard, but I was thinking of something more conscious. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I had assumed the probability trance to be akin to meditation (though true zen masters are said to be meditating in every action). I had pictured the thousandfold thought to be a thought divided by itself a thousand times, being an effective way of managing a mob of millions.

I suppose it could work the other way? The thousandfold thought being extreme memetic manipulation?

That, though, is just fishing (or "easter egging" as we say in the electronics tech world). Thanks for letting me ramble. view post


Bakker Biography Material Unearthed! posted 12 June 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionBakker Biography Material Unearthed! by Scilvenas, Auditor

Hunter S. Thompson would be proud of that post. Good work. view post


What science-fiction and/or fantasy series do you prefer? posted 14 June 2005 in Literature DiscussionWhat science-fiction and/or fantasy series do you prefer? by Scilvenas, Auditor

Same as Murrin. view post


And now for something totally idiotic - BK v McDonalds posted 16 June 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionAnd now for something totally idiotic - BK v McDonalds by Scilvenas, Auditor

The only places I've ever seen that don't offer the salads and stuff are the express ones, like in gas stations. Not that you ever see anyone order a salad... view post


WoT posted 21 June 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionWoT by Scilvenas, Auditor

Gotta say Oprah, as it would only involve one second of pain, and I'm sure I've stumbled across worse on the internet (some links could really use a bit more description). Jordan would be a close second, but since he's a dude...

But y'know, as much as I hate to admit it, I will read the next book (a library copy, of course). I'll probably hate it, just like the last one, but:

...for now I am bent to know
By the worst means the worst. For mine own good
All causes shall give way. I am in blood
Steeped so far that, should I wade no more,
Returning were as tedious as go o'er.
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First Word that Comes to Mind posted 21 June 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Scilvenas, Auditor

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And now for something totally idiotic - BK v McDonalds posted 21 June 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionAnd now for something totally idiotic - BK v McDonalds by Scilvenas, Auditor

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Chorae issues posted 21 June 2005 in Author Q &amp; AChorae issues by Scilvenas, Auditor

I watched the first episode of Firefly. Wasn't impressed enough to watch it again (plus my TV was pretty much set to the Sci-Fi channel on Friday nights back then). view post


What happens when your soul leaves your body? posted 21 June 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat happens when your soul leaves your body? by Scilvenas, Auditor

I'm still not convinced I will ever die. view post


Now listening to... posted 22 June 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Scilvenas, Auditor

A couple tracks from the new Dredg album. Too much like their first album so far, which is to say, a little soft. view post


What introduced you to philosophy? posted 22 June 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat introduced you to philosophy? by Scilvenas, Auditor

Saw [url=http&#58;//www&#46;amazon&#46;com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1556590229/qid=1119399503/sr=8-2/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl14/102-4306531-9632151?v=glance&amp;s=books&amp;n=507846:33br6qj2]this[/url:33br6qj2] in the bargain bin at the UNR bookstore when I was about 17. Next it was probably [url=http&#58;//www&#46;amazon&#46;com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1563054671/qid=1119399659/sr=8-1/ref=pd_bbs_ur_1/102-4306531-9632151?v=glance&amp;s=books&amp;n=507846:33br6qj2]this[/url:33br6qj2] which made me realize how universal some of the ideas were. view post


Prince of Nothing Film posted 25 June 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionPrince of Nothing Film by Scilvenas, Auditor

I went with Rob, too, just because I'd like to see it, but my real pick would be Darren Aronofsky. view post


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