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Wil Head Moderator | joined 14 January 2004 | 191 posts


Stephen Erikson's Books posted 09 March 2004 in Literature DiscussionStephen Erikson's Books by Wil, Head Moderator

yes thats perfect. view post


The Title posted 10 March 2004 in The Thousandfold ThoughtThe Title by Wil, Head Moderator

Ah, but it's our right NOT to vote. view post


The Title posted 10 March 2004 in The Thousandfold ThoughtThe Title by Wil, Head Moderator

Ah, but don't try to guilt-trip us into it when we make the choice to abstaine. view post


World-building posted 13 March 2004 in Writing TipsWorld-building by Wil, Head Moderator

I am working on building a world for a story idea. But I have no idea where to start.

Does anyone have a good suggestion for creating maps? Is it best to hand draw them or is there a cartography program that works? What about the laws of geography. Any suggestions would be great! view post


Now Reading... posted 14 March 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Wil, Head Moderator

I thought it would be nice to have a place for members to lett other members know what they are reading and what they think of it. Let's try and keep this spoiler-free.


I am about 250 pages into Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson and I am loving it. A must-read (although I'm sure that most on here have read this already). I like the fact that (so far) he hasn't sat down and explained anything, that you have to learn about the world. view post


Great News - and please post what work you are all doing. posted 16 March 2004 in Writing TipsGreat News - and please post what work you are all doing. by Wil, Head Moderator

I have some stuff going, but I can never think of a good title. *sigh* of course I can never get past the first ten pages... view post


Pantoum posted 18 March 2004 in Member Written WorksPantoum by Wil, Head Moderator

I thought that I would start this out by putting one of my poems that I have written recently on here. It dosen't have a title, and it is written in the pantoum style. view post


The Series That Comes After? posted 19 March 2004 in Author Q & AThe Series That Comes After? by Wil, Head Moderator

I suggest reading Hobb from beginning to end. It's the only way that everything will make sense. A lot of people skip Liveship, and I think that is a really bad idea. They may not seem it, but they are key to the story. Read Farsser Trilogy, Liveship Traders, then Tawneyman. view post


My Book - A Faceless Shadow posted 29 March 2004 in Member Written WorksMy Book - A Faceless Shadow by Wil, Head Moderator

Read it. Liked it. Want to read more.


It was good, I'm interested in seeing where it goes. view post


Ad Astra convention posted 31 March 2004 in Tour and Signing InformationAd Astra convention by Wil, Head Moderator

This weekend Scott Bakker will be attending the Ad Astra convention at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Toronto. He will be doing some panals and reading some of The Warrior Prophet, he will also be signing.

If you have time or are in the area, stop by. view post


Visiting the US? posted 09 April 2004 in Tour and Signing InformationVisiting the US? by Wil, Head Moderator

Sovin and I live in Central Washington, Seattle's just a hop over the pass. view post


Stephen Erikson's Books posted 16 April 2004 in Literature DiscussionStephen Erikson's Books by Wil, Head Moderator

Yeah, I'm about 300 pages into Memories of Ice. I ripped through GOTM and Deadhouse Gates. So far I love them, their really easy to read but not simple (if that makes ANY sense). I'm loving all the characters! view post


Truth, Lies posted 20 April 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionTruth, Lies by Wil, Head Moderator

I thought it would be nice to open another subject for debate.

A few questions:

1. What is truth? Is there such a thing as absolute truth, or are things only "true" because a majority of the intellectual society (scholars, scientists, etc.) claim it as right?

2. What constitutes a lie? I would be tempted to say "something that is false, misleading". But as mentioned in the other thread, perceptions of experiences are different for each person that experiences them. Two people can experience something, and in describing it to others, have different stories, and neither of them be what really happened? Are they both telling the truth?

Also, the idea of "half-truths" (i.e., Robert Jordan's Aes Sedai's "truths"), that for all intensive purposes are true, but can be very misleading. view post


How did you get here? posted 04 May 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionHow did you get here? by Wil, Head Moderator

stole with permission, big difference <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> view post


Stephen Erikson's Books posted 06 May 2004 in Literature DiscussionStephen Erikson's Books by Wil, Head Moderator

I guess I'm going to have to go and look at Cook and Kearney, I've been hearing about them more and more lately. Where should I start? view post


Fantasy and Philosophy posted 19 May 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionFantasy and Philosophy by Wil, Head Moderator

I do not believe that fantasy is an escape for the weak. I do think that fantasy is a place for people to go who are tired of the world we live in. I look around me and I see a bunch of amoral, selfish, indignant people who have no concern besides the money they make, the people they sleep with, and their social standing. While there are people like this in fantasy worlds, on a whole society still upholds the basic, chivalrous acts of King Arthur and the Round Table.

I ready fantasy because it appeals to me, not because I can escape from the world I live in (escape connotates fear of [to me at least]), but to experience the world the way I think it should be. I think that fantasy significantly affected the way that I turned out as a person. view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 05 June 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Wil, Head Moderator

Charming view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 07 June 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Wil, Head Moderator

Doctor (Evil) view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 08 June 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Wil, Head Moderator

Poison view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 09 June 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Wil, Head Moderator

(of the) Moon view post


Timing out on posts posted 29 June 2004 in General AnnouncementsTiming out on posts by Wil, Head Moderator

I've noticed that several of our members have been having trouble with timing out when they write longer posts. Unfortunately, this board automatically signs you off after five minutes of inactivity. Thus when you write a long post, and post it, it thinks you are a guest. My recommendation would be to copy your post and reload to make sure that you are signed in. Or, simply copy and paste your writing into another post and I will delete the one as guest.

Thank you view post


Ages posted 30 June 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionAges by Wil, Head Moderator

Well then, Happy Day! view post


The value of a life posted 01 July 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionThe value of a life by Wil, Head Moderator

Quite honestly I am in favor of the death penalty, but let me say this first: I do not think that "special laws" should apply because it was a police officer that was killed. Don't get me wrong, I have a great respect for law enforcement, but I don't feel that we can change the rules for them.

I agree with the fact that our judicial system needs a major overhaul. There are many major failings, one of which is the overcrowding of our jails and prisons. Not to mention the conditions that the prisoners live in. Many live in better conditions then they did when they were free. I feel that the death penalty is necessary in this case because there simply isn't enough room or money to house all these criminals. There needs to be some way to reduce the numbers of said criminals and rehabilitation works only in some cases.

I do believe that there are crimes that deserve death; the killing of an innocent for one, and mass murder for another. Both these crimes are very detrimental to society, and thus should be punished harshly. I don’t believe that the death penalty should be used for revenge or anything like that, but to remove a threat from society, one that can, if left unchecked, threaten to destroy society as a whole.

As to the question “can we put a price on life?” I think that some ways we can, and do. The worth of your life is decided when you look at what said person has given to society as a whole. One who simply leeches of society, I feel, is worth less then someone who contributes a great deal. Since we are such social creatures, and put a great weight on the community, I feel it is valid to judge someone based on what they contribute. view post


The value of a life posted 03 July 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionThe value of a life by Wil, Head Moderator

There is nothing that special about any human life.


This is something that I would argue with. Depending on what a person contributes to society as a whole, dictates their worth. When someone, (say a scientist, artist, along those lines) gives something to society (the community, the world) it makes them worth more then the person who simply leeches from society. view post


Idea for this forum posted 06 July 2004 in Member Written WorksIdea for this forum by Wil, Head Moderator

I think that is a fantastic idea! I hope more people do as well. view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 06 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Wil, Head Moderator

(and) Everything view post


Michigan? posted 08 July 2004 in Tour and Signing InformationMichigan? by Wil, Head Moderator

I haven't. But I've never read any Forgotten Realms view post


Drug Legalization posted 09 July 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionDrug Legalization by Wil, Head Moderator

I have never done drugs (including cigs, and alcohol except for one glass of champaign) yet I am in favor of drug legalization. I believe that if drugs were legalized, we would be able to control them better then we do now. People wouldn't be buying pot laced with god knows what not to mention the extra revenue that would be attained by taxes. I think there is a social stigma against drugs that everyone who uses them are bad people. I think this is wrong and legalization would help fix that. view post


On the subject of Chorae posted 11 July 2004 in Author Q &amp; AOn the subject of Chorae by Wil, Head Moderator

This is mostly about Chorae and ranged weapons. Do archers that hold trinkets transfer that power to their projectiles? view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 11 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Wil, Head Moderator

(the) world view post


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