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Now Reading... posted 17 June 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

The Farseer Trilogy is quite astounding. However, I enjoyed the middle trilogy the most, The Liveship Traders. I both agree and disagree with peter; I do think that there was not necessarily a need to continue the Farseer Trilogy, but once Hobb opened up the story with The Liveship Traders, it had to be told. Also, there is a sort of paternal enjoyment in reading about Fitz all grown up.

An amazing Robin Hobb forum (of which Wil and I are members) is the Farseer Forums at <!-- w --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.members.lycos.co.uk/farseerforums/">www.members.lycos.co.uk/farseerforums/</a><!-- w -->. I highly recommend it. view post


OS's and Browsers posted 17 June 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionOS's and Browsers by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

So you are saying that you use an older installation because it is better than the latest? That's something you don't hear very often. You must update the kernel or something though, don't you? And the packages? But then it wouldn't be RH7.0 any more. view post


TWP In Canada posted 17 June 2004 in The Warrior ProphetTWP In Canada by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I, living in the US, have purchased from amazon.ca and co.uk. Both ship with no problem, just take a little longer and cost, in the case of the UK, quite a bit more. view post


The Space Channel posted 17 June 2004 in Author AnnouncementsThe Space Channel by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Will somebody tape it if they see it? I would really like to see it but I'm here in the US. For that matter, if someone gets a digital copy and it's legal (which it probably isn't) we could post it. view post


THE THOUSANDFOLD THOUGHT posted 17 June 2004 in Author AnnouncementsTHE THOUSANDFOLD THOUGHT by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

What color are you thinking for this one? view post


Fantasy and Philosophy posted 17 June 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionFantasy and Philosophy by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I have very little time, but the thing that struck me was the difference between faiths built upon precedent and faith built upon information. One has been desmonstrated as true and the other has been said to be true. I feel thes are different and I need to think about them and go. view post


OS's and Browsers posted 19 June 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionOS's and Browsers by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Will do. I am about to purchase a laptop for school and want to try as many different distros on my desktop before picking one for the laptop. I also have heard that some distros are better suited to laptop use. Any thoughts? view post


Names and Pronunciation posted 19 June 2004 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeNames and Pronunciation by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

OK.

Scott said he'll see what can be done about the audio. I'm not sure when, if ever, it may be happening, but I'll post it. view post


THE THOUSANDFOLD THOUGHT posted 19 June 2004 in Author AnnouncementsTHE THOUSANDFOLD THOUGHT by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Like It. view post


Fantasy and Philosophy posted 19 June 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionFantasy and Philosophy by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

as┬Ěsump┬Ětion
n.

1. The act of taking to or upon oneself: assumption of an obligation.
2. The act of taking possession or asserting a claim: assumption of command.
3. The act of taking for granted: assumption of a false theory.
4. Something taken for granted or accepted as true without proof; a supposition: a valid assumption.
5. Presumption; arrogance.
6. Logic. A minor premise.
7. Assumption
1. Christianity. The taking up of the Virgin Mary into heaven in body and soul after her death.
2. A feast celebrating this event.
3. August 15, the day on which this feast is observed.

I seems to me that 4 is your 1 and 6 is your 2. We are at a definition impasse and all seem to be right.
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Couple of questions after a reread posted 19 June 2004 in Author Q &amp; ACouple of questions after a reread by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Replay (and Scott), do the dunyain learn to read people's faces or is it just something they are able to do because of their study of anatomy and their own suppression of feelings? It may be a by-product of study. view post


Descartes posted 19 June 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionDescartes by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I think it all comes down to definitions again. By 'am' he means 'to be,' correct? If so, I both agree and disagree. If something can think then it definitely 'is.' But just because something can't think does not, to my mind, make it not 'being' in existence. view post


OS's and Browsers posted 22 June 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionOS's and Browsers by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Thanks Loose. It sounds like a good idea. view post


kellhus == good guy?? posted 22 June 2004 in The Darkness That Comes Beforekellhus == good guy?? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

WOW. Welcome to the board and what a first post!

Re the vacuum (sorry about the lag): We may begin in vacuum, which I have not thought enough about yet to have an opinion regarding, but in the post-vacuum existence, life, we can make theory decisions based on evidence. I see more evidence of a lack of morality than presence. Regardless of where we begin, we can still analyze the world around us.

Also, where is this vacuum? Prior to conscious thought? If that is the case then we apparantly randomly choose a belief or disbelief in morality. If you can't think about it, you can't even make a decision. view post


OS's and Browsers posted 27 June 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionOS's and Browsers by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I looked into Gentoo, it looks like exactly what I am looking for. I tried to install it though and couldn't get my ethernet adapter drivers running on the PC I wanted to use. I downloaded the html installation guide, but the instructions for just such a situation didn't work. I will pursue further. view post


Descartes posted 27 June 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionDescartes by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Did you ever manage to quit smoking?

With regards to what Scott said, theoretically your whole existence is just one layer after another over nothing, like a jawbreaker. You can keep digging deeper, but after you have uncovered everything, you have nothing left. We could be arguing ourselves out of existence. view post


Curious if you... posted 28 June 2004 in Author Q &amp; ACurious if you... by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Yes, I would certainly not classify this as a romance in any way. There are certainly romantic elements, but romance does not drive the plot. Would someone please point me to a major fantasy work without romance? The closest I can think of is Steven Erikson, and even there you have some romance. view post


Descartes posted 28 June 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionDescartes by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Or that tracking internal changes, and therefore justification, damages the brain's resourcefulness in dealing competetively with external changes. view post


Ages posted 28 June 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionAges by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

What is everyone's age here on the forum? I thought I'd do a poll so if you aren't interested in personally sharing, you could just vote anonymously if you like. view post


wotmania Interview with Scott posted 28 June 2004 in Interviews and Reviewswotmania Interview with Scott by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Very well done. Thanks a bunch for the link, Aldarion. That should help us out. view post


Curious if you... posted 28 June 2004 in Author Q &amp; ACurious if you... by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I guess. But I must admit I was rather taken aback by the quote. view post


OS's and Browsers posted 29 June 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionOS's and Browsers by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Does SuSE charge for their distros? view post


The No-God posted 30 June 2004 in The Warrior ProphetThe No-God by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I see what you are saying about the Sranc and Inchoroi, but it still has never made sense to me why evil creatures serve out of loyalty. I think it is purely because the Sranc thrive on violence and the No-God offers them an organized way to go about it.

As for the Scylvendi, I believe it says that they fought for the No-God, but am not entirely sure. This being the case, it could be that they were looking for a war in which they could, like the Sranc, let loose their blood frenzy. Or, they may at the time not been the Scylvendi, but a collection of tribes peoples who were repressed by the civilized world. The No-God offered them a chance at vengeance and power. They may have only identified themselves as a group after the apocalypse. view post


On The Warrior Prophet posted 30 June 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

My god, you guys are windy! I think I'm giving up on this thread... view post


Terminology posted 30 June 2004 in Author Q &amp; ATerminology by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

You use the term chainmail in TWP, and I think it would be more correct to use maille or mail. Chainmail (and chainmaille) is a modern slang term, I believe (I make maille, which is why I care). I think maille with two lls looks better personally. view post


Terminology posted 01 July 2004 in Author Q &amp; ATerminology by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Definitely! And apparently that is a concern, considering your history...

About Mail

Mail is formed by the interlinking of metal rings. The resultant mesh of links gives a strong flexible armour which provides excellent protection against most cutting blows. It is also beautiful to look at! Note that mail is the correct medieval term, probably derived through the French maille and Italian maglia from the Latin macula meaning the mesh of a net. The modern term chain mail is a pleonasm.


I got this from <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://homepage.ntlworld.com/trevor.barker/farisles/guilds/armour/mail.htm">http://homepage.ntlworld.com/trevor.bar ... r/mail.htm</a><!-- m -->. I knew I had read it somewhere. However, I would still go with maille with two ls, as it looks somewhat better and seems to just be a french root word. view post


The No-God posted 01 July 2004 in The Warrior ProphetThe No-God by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

But the behavior of the Sranc seems too chaotic to really be following out of loyalty. The upper echelons of servants would be more involved, and therefore care more. view post


The value of a life posted 01 July 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionThe value of a life by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I have mixed feelings on this. I would like to see those who kill people be themselves killed, but I also see the flaws inherent in such a system. As our prison system now stands, I am for the death sentence, and I think I would be hard pressed to change my mind.

Hi Linda! Why don't you join the forum? We are friendly. view post


!Warning! posted 01 July 2004 in The Warrior Prophet!Warning! by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

This is a spoiler forum. It seems to me that many members have not yet read TWP, which is fine (though you should be ashamed), but be warned that this forum expressly encourages all forms of spoilers. view post


Ages posted 02 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionAges by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Who thinks they are (or knows who is) the younget here? view post


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