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Jamara Auditor | joined 21 March 2007 | 143 posts


Why read fantasy? posted 26 June 2007 in Literature DiscussionWhy read fantasy? by Jamara, Auditor

The first series I ever read was C.S. Lewis's "Chronicles of Narnia". After that is was "The Hobbit" and then the "Dragonlance Chronicles" by Weis and Hickman. That pretty much cemented it for me. However I was raised on Sci-Fi movies and D&D. view post


Was Cnauir gay? posted 26 June 2007 in The Thousandfold ThoughtWas Cnauir gay? by Jamara, Auditor

Nerdanel - go back and read my post on this thread, I think it is on page 6. I think you'll enjoy it. view post


Is Bakker a huge fan of Frank Herbert? posted 26 June 2007 in Off-Topic DiscussionIs Bakker a huge fan of Frank Herbert? by Jamara, Auditor

As to the original question - who isn't? view post


What is going on in Iraq? posted 02 July 2007 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat is going on in Iraq? by Jamara, Auditor

Randal - - As far as the financial aspect. I was taught that it wasn't so much plundering and gold and stuff on the soldier level, it was the securing of trade routes to China and southeast asia. i.e. silks an ivory. They didn't want to crontol the lands and occupy them, they wanted to secure trade routes. view post


Now listening to... posted 02 July 2007 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Jamara, Auditor

Worker's Song - Drop Kick Murphys view post


Drugs posted 19 July 2007 in Philosophy DiscussionDrugs by Jamara, Auditor

Curethan - as towards your statement about what was worst about your drug use was dealing with criminals, guess what, you were a criminal as well <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) --> view post


The sovereign rights of a nation. posted 19 July 2007 in Philosophy DiscussionThe sovereign rights of a nation. by Jamara, Auditor

Hmmm, sovereign rights of a nation. . . I'm not really sure. Personally, I think that can on;y be answered by the culture of each individual nation. Now, the sovereign rights of the people is an easy question, read the American Declaration of Independce. As to the second part of question, involving when are other nations allowed to interfere, that's another easy answer, when they have the bigger dicks. view post


OK Creation - but why? posted 19 July 2007 in Philosophy DiscussionOK Creation - but why? by Jamara, Auditor

One thing I always dillied on was the idea that we are just an experiment. The earth is just a petry dish and we are just the things that happen to be growing on it. God is sitting up there going, &quot;Hmmm, that's interesting . . . now what if I add some acid into the moisture? Wow, hey Lucifer, look what they're doing now!&quot; view post


&quot;Have you ever met someone who is smarter than you?&quo posted 19 July 2007 in Philosophy Discussion&quot;Have you ever met someone who is smarter than you?&quo by Jamara, Auditor

A smart man says, &quot;I know.&quot; A wise man says, &quot;Teach me.&quot;

There is far too much arrogance in this world and not enough humility and wisdom! view post


Drugs posted 20 July 2007 in Philosophy DiscussionDrugs by Jamara, Auditor

My point was that not all criminals are bad people, they just happen to be breaking unjust/stupid/close-mindedly archaic laws. In some ways you could see that as being patriotic. view post


Harry Potter (don't hurt me) posted 29 July 2007 in Literature DiscussionHarry Potter (don't hurt me) by Jamara, Auditor

I am very unashamedly a Potter fan. The books are great. I am in the process of rereading the series when the last book came out. I have not gotten to it yet, though it is sitting on my coffee table and I can't wait to get to it. However, Anor, I though Order of the Phoenix was chopped full of humour. Mostly on the part of Fred and George Weasley! One of the chapters at the end (&quot;Career Advice&quot;) actually made me almost pee my pants! view post


Harry Potter (don't hurt me) posted 08 August 2007 in Literature DiscussionHarry Potter (don't hurt me) by Jamara, Auditor

Just finished the last book. I give it a 9+ as well. It answered alot and kept me wanting to read the next chapter. It was hard to find a place where I could stop and put it down. view post


OK Creation - but why? posted 01 September 2007 in Philosophy DiscussionOK Creation - but why? by Jamara, Auditor

Perhaps the reason for creating the stars, planets, life and eventually us was for one simple goal. Soduko! view post


great reads in fantasy? posted 12 September 2007 in Literature Discussiongreat reads in fantasy? by Jamara, Auditor

Mats -- I would add C. S. Lewis to that list. To read the Narnia books now is a little lame, but when I was a young reader, I think it taught me how to see stories as metaphors. And his Space Trilogy is pretty good. view post


What subgroup of speculative fiction do you prefer? posted 12 September 2007 in Literature DiscussionWhat subgroup of speculative fiction do you prefer? by Jamara, Auditor

Definitely Fantasy, though as I grow older it seems I find less and less worth reading. I also love (no pun intended) Lovecraft. I'm not really sure what to classify him as. Maybe suspense/horror. view post


R Jordan passed away posted 18 September 2007 in Literature DiscussionR Jordan passed away by Jamara, Auditor

&quot;May the last embrace of the Mother welcome you!&quot;

I will miss him dearly. My heart goes out to his family, especially the Light of his life. view post


Are depressed people more realistic? posted 09 October 2007 in Philosophy DiscussionAre depressed people more realistic? by Jamara, Auditor

Wow, you nailed me on the head. &quot;Grumpy, pessimistic people like to claim that they're just being realistic.&quot; Yep, that's me. But that doesn't make me apathetic. I try to see all possible outcomes and plan for the most likely. It is just my perspective that the less happy outcomes tend to be the more frequent outcomes. And if I am always planning for the worst yet hoping for the best, then I can never really be broadsided by harsh reality. view post


Now listening to... posted 09 October 2007 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Jamara, Auditor

A lot of Jarvis Cocker and Brandi Carlile view post


A Game of Thrones book club discussion open posted 03 November 2007 in Book ClubA Game of Thrones book club discussion open by Jamara, Auditor

What I love most about Martin's writing is it's pragmatic look on life. No one is purely good, and no one is purely evil. It's all relative to their view points. And as to whether the violence/sexual violence was too much or gratuitous, I think it is a fresh reminder of what it was really like back then. Imagine living, as a peasant, is a world where a noble out on a ride could force himself on your daughter and you could nothing about it because that was just the way it was.
I think it gives a refreshing breathe into fantasy. I like to think of Martin as the originator of adult fantasy (granted I have not yet read Erickson, though it is actually hard to find him in a bookstore in the States). I don't think that when I was younger and just getting into the genre that it would have been appropriate to read Martin, but when I found him when I was older, it was very cathartic reading fantasy portrade in such a mature manner. view post


Kellhus' Other Children and Other Ramblings posted 03 November 2007 in Author Q &amp; AKellhus' Other Children and Other Ramblings by Jamara, Auditor

Wow, definitely something I really hadn't considered. The original Dunyain must have numbered enough to generate enough genetic variability to sustain them for 2000 years in a closed environment, yet still, at least half must have some Ansurimbor blood in them. This will definitely come as a shock to Akka! Good insight! view post


Are depressed people more realistic? posted 05 November 2007 in Philosophy DiscussionAre depressed people more realistic? by Jamara, Auditor

My depression manifests itself in 4 am drunken, belligerent screaming matches with nobody else in the room about shit that has happened in my past in the weakest attempt at a cathartic release, though those sessions usually end in tears and then I stumble my ass off to bed. Either that or I'm too nervous to even leave the apartment.
So actually, I disagree that depressed people have a more accurate view. I think it's like the polar opposite of the 'happy' optomistic view. Their view is more distorted by their fears and inadequacies. view post


Free Will posted 07 November 2007 in Philosophy DiscussionFree Will by Jamara, Auditor

Free will is one's ability to act against one's instincts because one chooses to. view post


Free Will posted 15 November 2007 in Philosophy DiscussionFree Will by Jamara, Auditor

I've always believed that free will exists. And it is a quality unique to man. But I have also firmly held the belief that we, as all animals, succomb to conditioning. And reading the last few posts, I had a thought. If you take an immigrant as an example, and you take watch how that immigrant intigrates into their new society, couldn't that be a study on free will? You have taken the person out of their conditioned environment and placed them into a new environment where the stimuli are different and proper responses are different as well. Some immigrants choose to intigrate, some choose not to, and some choose to mix the two societies . . . but in the end, they chose how to react to the environment, they weren't simply reacting. view post


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