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Loof Peralogue | joined 30 March 2004 | 53 posts


Hello to the author and everyone... posted 31 March 2004 in Author Q & AHello to the author and everyone... by Loof, Peralogue

Im not realy in the know about philosofical books, but one book that an old high school (or swedish equalent) teatcher recomended but that i still havent had the chance to read (its sitting in my bookcase waiting), is "Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance" by Robert M. Pirsig.

Its not realy a philosofical text but rather a walkthrough of philosofical thinking in the form of a road trip novell.

But as i said i havent read it myself yet so if anybody here has do comment... view post


OS's and Browsers posted 13 April 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionOS's and Browsers by Loof, Peralogue

I use windows Xp at home since its easyest, and i dont realy feel i have a need for the kind of controll switching to linux would offer. Also since i like to play a computergame from time to time and getting a game to run on linux is even more trublesome.... *shrugs*
At school they use sun solaris systems but i have never gotten around to realy learn them.
My browser of choice is Mozilla for several reasons, tab's being one of them.

I have some experience with programing (thats what im studying i just havent gotten that far yet) mainly C++ and java. I Have also taken a course or two in html mysql and php altho i have forgotten most of it since im more interested in aplication programing then in database codeing or scripting. view post


Now Reading... posted 13 April 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Loof, Peralogue

Right now I'm reading Claw of the Councilator, by Gene Wolfe. It's a good book although im not quite as blown away as some peopel seem to be.
After i finish with new sun series i think the next book in order would be American Gods, by Gaiman. Or maybe i will go for Altered Carbon which is also gathering dust in the bookself now that you remind me <!-- s;-) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";-)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;-) -->

Last book i read like several others here, was Midnight Tides. Liked it alot and it is probably rakend second among Eriksons books after Memories of Ice acording to me. Altho i do think he overdid the comedy a bit in parts of this one... but then it was good comedy <!-- s;-) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";-)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;-) --> view post


OS's and Browsers posted 14 April 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionOS's and Browsers by Loof, Peralogue

Thanks for the tip and yeah i have been thinking about going witha dual os setup for a while... but since i have never felt i had the time to realy learn a new OS I have never gotten around to it.
As to what is the best programing platform, i think the diference is marginal at best. At least if what you want (like me) is a good IDE (integrated developing enviroment, or something like that) since most of the good ones atleast for java which im working in now exist for both linux, windows and unix platforms.
And since most unix/linus programers use emacs to code in and it exists for windows too the reasons to switch OS based on programing needs are'nt that many. About the only one i can think of is gcc which is suposed to be the most eficent compiler around, and since im not selling anything yet i dont realy have a need for that either <!-- s;-) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";-)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;-) --> view post


OS's and Browsers posted 15 April 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionOS's and Browsers by Loof, Peralogue

Yeah I can agree with the openscorce sentiment. But i have never understood the not useing microsoft producs as a principle stand... sure i dont agree with some of their policys but if they make the product that best suits my need I will make it easy for myself and use it, if not i will use what I find most likeable =)
But then as i said i have never realy learned Linux so when i do i might find i like it more and switch... who knows *shrugs* view post


OS's and Browsers posted 15 April 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionOS's and Browsers by Loof, Peralogue

Yeah costs are high for alot of software, although the development time for most software is rather long so in some ways its understandable. One thing thats realy irritating is how much more ecpencive server software can be compared to homeuse counterparts, even if they are both based on the same foundation so to speak. view post


OS's and Browsers posted 19 April 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionOS's and Browsers by Loof, Peralogue

You do know that apache and MySQL exist and are just as free for windows as for unix or linux right? And also some of them do cost money if you use them comercialy i beleve, not sure how much and when.

The multiple desktops i can understand that peopel like Although I havent used systems that use them enough to get acustomed to them (only when I work on my schools unix systems, which i do as little as posible since those computers are alot older and slower than my own).
But its probably the same kind of thing as getting acustomed to haveing multiple monitors. Working on a comuper with "just one" is so irritating nowdays <!-- s;-) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";-)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;-) --> which is just silly since it never used to bother me.... view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 06 June 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Loof, Peralogue

good view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 08 June 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Loof, Peralogue

Snake

EDIT: drat i probably sould have written Atkins.... but since thats a name and not a word.... snake it is. view post


The LOTR Films posted 08 June 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionThe LOTR Films by Loof, Peralogue

I liked them alot, and in many ways think they are better then the books *ducks from the horrible flaming* since i dont like the books much mainly because I think tolkiens storytelling is lacking in many parts of the books and the conversion to a movie forced cutting many of the parts that draged in the books.
Also the mixing up of the parts of TTT and ROTK so that we alternate between the two parties of the fellowship improved the flow of the story immensly.
Other things in the films irritated me since they wheren't from the books and didn't add anything to the story, the two main examples are Aragons mini-Gandalf when he falls of the cliff in TTT and faramirs personality shift so they could show of parts of Gondor already in TTT. view post


Just bought my beautiful hardcover posted 08 June 2004 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeJust bought my beautiful hardcover by Loof, Peralogue

Yes the cover change from canadian version to UK version is realy irritating since once i figured out TDTCB was a book i wanted the canadian printing was out of print or between printings so i got the UK version from my local bookstore, but i will have the much better looking canadian versions for the rest of the books in the series.

*goes and cryes over the terrible damage this will do to the artistic look of his bookself* view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 08 June 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Loof, Peralogue

Eden view post


Moenghus = Mallahet? posted 12 June 2004 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeMoenghus = Mallahet? by Loof, Peralogue

Why does everyone keep focusing on Kellhus? Why couldn't Moenghus be the Anasurimbor at the end of the world?


Actualy i have been hopeing that he is... that way that asshole Khellus could get his anoying ass kicked badly without messing up all the foreshadowing =) view post


Names and Pronunciation posted 12 June 2004 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeNames and Pronunciation by Loof, Peralogue

Yeah i found the names a bit irritating myself mostly because since they where so long and hard to pronounce it was hard to keep track of who was who for most of the book. But i guess once you get used to the names it will be easier to remember who's who even if I can't pronounce them <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> view post


Names and Pronunciation posted 13 June 2004 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeNames and Pronunciation by Loof, Peralogue

Hell yeah <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> view post


Now Reading... posted 17 June 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Loof, Peralogue

Ok update on my summer reading, with some opinions <!-- s:twisted: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_twisted.gif" alt=":twisted:" title="Twisted Evil" /><!-- s:twisted: -->

Read the first to books in the new sun series by Wolfe, they where good but I cant realy see where the rave reviews I have been reading are comeing from. Mostly because I feel the central plot is kind of weak, Severian has almost no driving goals except getting to Thrax so far...

Then I read American Gods, At first i didnt like it much but it got alot better after the first 200 pages or so, still think the characters are a bit too much like the characters in his sandman comic. So good book but had the feeling of having been here done that already so not super good.

Then I picked up Glen Cooks Black Company series and read the first 5 of those, liked them alot especialy how Cook manages to do so much with a very simple way of writeing, which makes the book feel like it realy is writen by mercenarys (who don't have the worlds largest vocabulary). Also liked seeing the similaritys between Cook and Erikson, and think its fun seeing where Erikson got some of his inspiration.

Now im reading "view from the mirror" by Ian Irvine (third book at the moment), think its so so, like his world and plot and the characters are interesting but can be very dull at times. But I'm gonna finish the series before makeing my final verdict <!-- s:twisted: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_twisted.gif" alt=":twisted:" title="Twisted Evil" /><!-- s:twisted: --> view post


Now Reading... posted 17 June 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Loof, Peralogue

I'm not going to spoil anything about tBotNS, but I will say this: keep in mind that Severian is not always telling the truth. There is much, much more to the story that is revealed in the last two volumes that make the entire journey much more than what it seems.

Just thought I'd help out, seeing as Wolfe is one of my favorite authors.


Ok i will keep that in mind when i pick up the last two books. <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->
It hadn't even ocured to me that he might be lieing about stuff since its written in the way it is. Being vague yes but outright lies no... will have too keep my eyes open i guess... view post


Fantasy and Philosophy posted 18 June 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionFantasy and Philosophy by Loof, Peralogue

Let's say that you make an assuption about something in physics, then try to prove it right. If it turns out to be true, then you have done something of great value. But what if it is not true? How does the physicist handle that situation? Becuase he assumed he was right in the first place, he will most likely hang on to that assumption and wont let go until hes faced with too much evidence to otherwise. This could cause a lot of problems for him.


I just have to correct your example of how a scientist works here, you see the basis for all experiment based sciece isn't proving you are right. It's proving you are not wrong.
Example:
State hypothesis, then do your best to disprove what you think might be the case. If you can't, then publish your hypothesis and let everyone else have a go att proveing you wrong. Untill they manage to do that the hypothesis will be considered "true".

Sorry to nitpick but I had to point out that empirical experiments are done witha diferent mentality then your example. Besides this point i agree with you that asumptions are often in the way, but i also think that some asumptions will always have to exist or you would have no reason to do anything (as peter already said).
If i realy had to be more precise then that i would say that subconcious asumptions are nessesary for us to act att all (by subconcious i mean thinks that are so obvious that if we dont stop and realy analyse the situation we would not even think of them). But that concious assumptions are often in the way, in other words expectations and hopes that we are concious of will often make us disapointed or be in the way of our learning stuff. If you expect little you will not be lett down (the key difference here would be expect nothing vs the worst which could easily lead to depression I think).

hmm ok rable over....... <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> view post


Now Reading... posted 27 June 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Loof, Peralogue

Just finished Irvine's first series myself. Can't quite make up my mind about it, maybe i will have to let it sink in for a bit. But i can list what i liked and didn't like about it.

What I Liked:
The world he has built up is interesting and well thought out.
He avoids painting his characters in black and white. And they feel pretty belivable.
The overall plot is good but nothing exceptional.

What I disliked:
I think the two things I dislike about the series might actualy be two sides of the same coin. The first one is that I felt that the plot moved very slowly at times and alot of the books could have been cut to make a more streamlined whole. But I think the reason I feel this is that the main characters are not ivolved in shapeing the plot, but are simply tugged along in the torrent of great events so to speak. So the whole series has the feeling of being fated to happen which makes me lose interest and thus makes the plot feel like its moving slowly.

Hmm that sounded rather negative, so to finish on a more positive note i will say that I definetly don't regret reading the series and will probably pick upp his second one at some point in the future. I hope this was of some help. view post


wotmania Interview with Scott posted 28 June 2004 in Interviews and Reviewswotmania Interview with Scott by Loof, Peralogue

Nice Inteview <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> view post


Descartes posted 28 June 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionDescartes by Loof, Peralogue

But what is the point of tracking internal changes? Maybe one of the reasons the ability isnt very developed is simply that it has very little use. view post


Ages posted 29 June 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionAges by Loof, Peralogue

Well I had my 27th birthday in the beginning of last week so it lookes like I'm in the middle of the middle bracket.... of course only a few have voted so far so maybe that statement was premature <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> view post


The value of a life posted 01 July 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionThe value of a life by Loof, Peralogue

I think having any death penalty at all is horrible for the simple reason that in my opinion killing the criminal is just a second murder. I don't think I can come up with any crime at all that I think merrits a death penalty.
I also have serious doubts about most prison systems as I think most of them only brew worse criminals. But I guess thats a different debate... view post


The value of a life posted 02 July 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionThe value of a life by Loof, Peralogue

How can the fact that alot of people die anyway have any effect at all on what is moral and what isn't? Just because lots of people die in trafic every year doesn't make it ok to go out and run over pedestrians on purpose. view post


Now Reading... posted 04 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Loof, Peralogue

I tryed to read "The chosen" a while back but got sidetracked before I realy got into it. Would be interesting to hear your thoughts on it, maybe it deserves a second chance <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> view post


kellhus == good guy?? posted 04 July 2004 in The Darkness That Comes Beforekellhus == good guy?? by Loof, Peralogue

Great reply saintjon, you summed up my feelings about Khellus almost exactly. Especialy the inconsistency about trying to eliminate ignorance and at the same time deceiveing and useing everyone around him. view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 05 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Loof, Peralogue

Unfair view post


Now listening to... posted 06 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Loof, Peralogue

Well in the last 24 hours i have been listening to (in no particular order)
The Pogues (Red Roses for Me, Hell's Ditch) ,
Ministry (Psalm 69, The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste, Land of Rape and Honey),
Bob Dylan ( Freeweelin, Blood on the Tracks and Desire)
Right now i'm listening to Garbage , Beutiful Garbage. view post


Drug Legalization posted 08 July 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionDrug Legalization by Loof, Peralogue

I dont think legalising drugs, (at least not all drugs) would save any money at all. Sure you would save in on prison and court funding, and would probably be able to make a bucket on taxing the stuff. But lots and lots of this money would be eaten up by hopital and therapy bills. Altho while i was typeing this it came to me that America dosn't have goverment sponsored hospitals at least not to the extent I'm used to.
So maybe you could make money out of it, but im sceptical to if it would be "worth it". Now if what you meant was legalice some of the weaker drugs that are illegal now, like marujana you might win me over since they aren't as adictive or hassardous to one's health. But predicting the effects of any drug legalisation is next to imposible, so I remain a sceptic... view post


Now listening to... posted 09 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Loof, Peralogue

That being said, there's actually a few "Country" artists that transcend the crappy field and are worth listening to: Johnny Cash, err...Johnny Cash...and uh, Johnny Cash!


How can a guy that goes by the screenname Dylanfanatic for get his namesake when pointing out good country artists? <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> view post


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