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Scilvenas Auditor | joined 14 April 2005 | 145 posts


What kind of flame warrior are you? posted 21 December 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat kind of flame warrior are you? by Scilvenas, Auditor

It's all good, man. Just joshin' ya. I'm just glad to see someone posting. view post


Now listening to... posted 21 December 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Scilvenas, Auditor

Failure - Undone view post


Now Reading... posted 27 December 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Scilvenas, Auditor

I've been reading Martin's new one, and 200 pages in, I gotta say I don't care for it. view post


Now listening to... posted 06 January 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Scilvenas, Auditor

Los Natas - Delmar view post


List 'Em - Bands posted 07 January 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionList 'Em - Bands by Scilvenas, Auditor

Welcome, MoP. Feel free to stop by the introductions thread so Da'Krul can give you your cookie.

Decent list. view post


List 'Em - Bands posted 21 January 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionList 'Em - Bands by Scilvenas, Auditor

just because i didn't feel like creating a new topic...

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me = djakfrost view post


What book or book series reminds you most of PON posted 28 January 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat book or book series reminds you most of PON by Scilvenas, Auditor

I dunno, RS, there are a lot of small similarities (as there are bound to be in pretty much any two books), but there is no missing the similarity between the Dunyain and the Cetics, Warrior Poets, and Mallory Ringess after Agathange.

The first and hardest teaching of our profession always must be to view the world as through the eyes of a child.
-Marinar Adam, Twelfth Lord Cetic

We do not see things as they are; we see them as we are.
-saying of the cetics
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What book or book series reminds you most of PON posted 29 January 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat book or book series reminds you most of PON by Scilvenas, Auditor

Nah, Ahimsa didn't come in until the second book. What I'm talking about, in particular, is the way that Mallory Ringess reads peoples faces to read their programming.

All of this, I should emphasize, I saw in an instant. I think I was reading most of his programs; possibly I was reading his mind. I never talked to him...

I bent over, resting my arms on my knees. I gasped for air. All around were children, men and women, and the statues of my father pilots, and I saw in each the set of muscles and neverves which betrayed their programs. A woman with a slender chest and great, streamlined thighs clumsily landed a waltz jump, and I understood-I "saw at a glance," mistaken programming causing her to catch the outside edge of her skate and nearly stumble. Here a pretty boy cried in frustration because he coldn't cut a decent eigt, and there another laughed to hide the ver same emotion, a program he had probably learned from his stoical father. How many programs command the muscles and thoughts of a human being? There are one million, twenty-seven hundred and six. (I am joking, of course. I record this only because an infamous cetic once set himself the taks of counting and classifying all possible programs, and he gave up after reaching this number. The number and variety of programs is potentially infinite, as is man.) There are programs that determining the fluidity of our speed strokes, and there are programs which lead us to lather our bodies in precisely the same manner every tme we bathe...

A few rare people, it seemed, were sometimes able to master their beliefs and run their own programs...


And so on and so on. view post


How did you get your username? posted 18 March 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionHow did you get your username? by Scilvenas, Auditor

I'd used the nick Sylvanus for a long time (registered for a site. wanted something woodsy. figured i'd go with the Roman god of the forests). When Three Seas was having some hiccups, I needed a new username, and the same day I noted the homophonic similarity between my nick and the word scilvenas, meaning apocolypse, from which the Scilvendi derived their name. view post


Battlestar Galactica on SciFi posted 18 March 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionBattlestar Galactica on SciFi by Scilvenas, Auditor

Great show. Lost some steam in the 2nd season, imo, but still good. view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 26 March 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Scilvenas, Auditor

Onomotopoia view post


what do you do posted 12 April 2006 in Off-Topic Discussionwhat do you do by Scilvenas, Auditor

Just got out of the Navy in December. Now I make semiconductors and do the Reserves. view post


hobbies? posted 12 April 2006 in Off-Topic Discussionhobbies? by Scilvenas, Auditor

Poker. view post


What we look like posted 12 April 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat we look like by Scilvenas, Auditor

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How odd... posted 17 April 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionHow odd... by Scilvenas, Auditor

InexOR.

You have to put the accent on the OR or else it sounds like a hair care product or diet supplement. Was also thinking Inexorable Man, but it would sound horrible if someone was saying it in a hurry (which people tend to do with superheroes and such). That, and the 'man' part is just way too mysogenistic for this day and age. view post


Uther Doul v Kellhus posted 26 April 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionUther Doul v Kellhus by Scilvenas, Auditor

It's been a while since I read The Scar (the only Mieville book I've come close to liking), but under your conditions, I'd go with Kellhus. He's just faster, plus he'd be able to read and predict Doul. view post


Kellhus: dog or cat person? posted 26 April 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionKellhus: dog or cat person? by Scilvenas, Auditor

Neither. He'd choose whichever suited his needs (or what was available, what used the least resources, etc.), the reliance on anything like 'dog person' or 'cat person' putting emotion over practicality. view post


How did you get your username? posted 26 April 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionHow did you get your username? by Scilvenas, Auditor

I think there was supposed to be a &quot;how&quot; in that sentence. Something about a dung beetle, wasn't it? view post


Uther Doul v Kellhus posted 27 April 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionUther Doul v Kellhus by Scilvenas, Auditor

Doulllllllllllllll! Doullllllllllll! Where are my clean skivvies?

heh view post


Buddhist connection? posted 27 April 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtBuddhist connection? by Scilvenas, Auditor

There's definately a connection. Consider the zen buddhist concept of 'form in void' and 'void in form.' Then look at Kellhus training where he has to internally repeat the mantra, dropping a word each cycle, and eventually thinking it without words (which likely prepared him for using sorcery on the same level as the witch king Akka mentioned).

Quote: &quot;Ikkyu&quot;:p2cr8dyo
VOID IN FORM
When, just as they are,
White dewdrops gather,
On scarlet maple leaves,
Regard the scarlet beads!

FORM IN VOID
The tree is stripped,
All colour, fragrance gone,
Yet already on the bough,
Uncaring spring![/quote:p2cr8dyo]

There's also quotes something along the lines of [In the beginning, there was nothingness. Then form was created, but the nothingness shines through.] and [A vessel is not of use by it's shape but the emptiness it contains.] *shrug*

That said, it becomes a question of it being an intentional connection or it being a universal truth or concept. I'd ask Scott, but he appears to be busy these days. view post


Buddhist connection? posted 28 April 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtBuddhist connection? by Scilvenas, Auditor

Quote: &quot;Anonymous&quot;:2l55np4l
The quote about the vessel is from the Daodejing, and hence, technically, Taoism rather than Buddhism, but, well, Taoism was probably a huge influence in the formation of Zen, so it is indeed relevant, anyway. [/quote:2l55np4l]

Umm, thanks? But the point was to illustrate the zen concept of form in void (which is inarguably a zen/buddhist concept, but is not to say it isn't one found elsewhere), not exactly to just quote scripture from a religion. Now if Scott had used that quote exactly, it'd be a different story.

Davidge:&quot;If one receives evil from another, let one not do evil in return. Rather, let him extend love to the enemy, that love might unite them.&quot; I've heard all this before... in the human Taalmaan.
Jerry: Of course you have. Truth is truth.
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Kellhus's sorcery... posted 29 April 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtKellhus's sorcery... by Scilvenas, Auditor

No, hypnosis shouldn't work like that. Fundamentally, it's just communication with the subconscious. You can't hypnotize somebody into doing something they don't (subconsciously) want to do.

That in mind, there's a couple of things that could've happened. The obvious: Kellhus spoke with and convinced Seswatha (who had been grafted onto Akka's consciousness), whether genuinely or in typical Kellhus fashion who's to say. The not-so-obvious: Kellhus got into Akka's mind below the level at which Seswatha had been implanted and short circuited the Seswatha block... like hotwiring a car.

Either way, deep down, Akka would have to want to teach Kellhus. I also suspect that deep down he knows what Kellhus is like, and that Akka's own desire to punish/destroy himself could only help lead him to teach Kellhus. view post


haha, fine, &quot;the beer thread&quot; happy? posted 21 May 2006 in Off-Topic Discussionhaha, fine, &quot;the beer thread&quot; happy? by Scilvenas, Auditor

Quote: &quot;Curethan&quot;:zwv6d702
What kind of beer do you Canadians drink anyway?[/quote:zwv6d702]
Molson and Kelly, though don't quote me on the name of the second. My memory of my port visit in Halifax is a bit fuzzy... mostly because of the beer. view post


What we look like posted 25 May 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat we look like by Scilvenas, Auditor

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Take away the *s view post


List 'Em - Bands posted 29 May 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionList 'Em - Bands by Scilvenas, Auditor

Didn't care for Om at all, and I dig Sleep. view post


List 'Em - Bands posted 30 May 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionList 'Em - Bands by Scilvenas, Auditor

Honestly, I can't remember why I didn't like it. I just remember suffering through one track then skipping through the rest. I think it was a bit too ambient and out there for my tastes. Makes sense, though, since... Pike?... went to High on Fire whose music is great, but I can't stand the vocals ... probably for the same reason I can never get into The Dillinger Escape Plan. view post


Conphas' story posted 02 June 2006 in Author Q &amp; AConphas' story by Scilvenas, Auditor

&lt;--disappointed by lack of mushroom.

Reminds me of my 'scribing days when I'd see how many times I could type 'taco bueno' in between audio. view post


Will you ever write nonfiction? posted 02 June 2006 in Author Q &amp; AWill you ever write nonfiction? by Scilvenas, Auditor

Considering how tight the prose is, I'd be surprised if it was fuelled by anything other than caffeine and nicotine. view post


Just wrong, I tell you. posted 02 June 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionJust wrong, I tell you. by Scilvenas, Auditor

So I stopped by this new mom and pop bookstore/coffee house yesterday in the small town where I live (Kernersville, NC). Basically, it was a converted two-story house. Small, quaint, very open. I asked the lady working there if Sci-Fi/Fantasy had its own section, or if it was mixed in with the fiction. She said it was mixed in, but there was also some in the juvenile fiction. The juvenile section was right there, so I checked it out first. Looking at the titles... Jordan, yep, Tolkien, eh ok, Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land, eh not really (can't imagine any kids making it to the orgies at the end of the book). The Warrior Prophet? No, no, that won't work.

I gave her a brief description of the book, and she moved it. Quickly. Heh.

Still, it's good to see Scott represented in such a small market.

The lady, the owner, I think, was kind of funny. I think she felt she had to explain why it was there. She has a master's in American Lit, you see, so she doesn't read that kind of thing. <!-- s:roll: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_rolleyes.gif" alt=":roll:" title="Rolling Eyes" /><!-- s:roll: --> She was nice, though, so I just left it at that. I guess there aren't any Library Science requirements. *shrug* view post


Just wrong, I tell you. posted 03 June 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionJust wrong, I tell you. by Scilvenas, Auditor

It went something like this: &quot;It's a great book, but I don't think you want it here. There's uh... homosexual rape, incest, a lot of murder and killing. That kind of thing.&quot; And as she fled in horror. &quot;But it really is a great book.&quot; view post


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