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Xray the Enforcer Auditor | joined 08 March 2006 | 148 posts


Anyone read American Gods, by Neil Gaiman? posted 29 March 2006 in Literature DiscussionAnyone read American Gods, by Neil Gaiman? by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

wow. A 2-year resurrect.

I was not all that thrilled with American Gods. It was OK, but the ending was such a fucking letdown. Gaimen has great ideas and starts with a great premise...and then fails in the delivery pretty consistently. I still like his ideas, but I haven't even touched Anansi Boys yet just for this reason. view post


Anyone read American Gods, by Neil Gaiman? posted 29 March 2006 in Literature DiscussionAnyone read American Gods, by Neil Gaiman? by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

I completely agree about Sandman. I was referring only to his long-form novels. view post


Starring "Insert Actor Here" as Kelhuss! posted 29 March 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionStarring "Insert Actor Here" as Kelhuss! by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

*whew*

I was getting nervous there with that Diane Keaton rec. heh. view post


Bad, bad book. BAAAD. posted 31 March 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionBad, bad book. BAAAD. by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

City of Pearl.
So help me gods, I got it because it was SF and written by a female (to balance out all the male-authored fantasy in my clawed mitts). The main alien was a militant vegan -- need I explain more?! view post


Now Reading... posted 31 March 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

A Fire Upon the Deep -- Vernor Vinge
River of Gods -- Ian MacDonald
The Carpet Makers
-- Andreas Eschbach view post


Sex posted 31 March 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionSex by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

Notch one up for the XX.
woo! we're up to 7 now! view post


Sex posted 31 March 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionSex by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

LOL@Gierra and TollofDays

No kidding. If I wanted a love story, I'd read Princess Bride again. Although I agree that having books pointlessly bloody (or outright misogynistic**) is teh suck.

**just to clarify: having a (or multiple) rape scene in a book is not inherently misogynistic. but you know, you read some books and you can just tell that the author put it in there for a bit of gratification, or to "show them ladies who's boss." Anyway, I don't think PoN is in that league at all. view post


Why read fantasy? posted 03 April 2006 in Literature DiscussionWhy read fantasy? by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

I really enjoy the social marginalization. LOL
(especially because I work in NYC publishing where everyone tries to outcool each other in their reading tastes...nothing like an "I love epic fantasy" to shoot down the conversation airliner...) view post


Bad, bad book. BAAAD. posted 03 April 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionBad, bad book. BAAAD. by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

Quote: "Curethan":1uiqwhf7
Terry Goodkind.
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There is not a level of badness that can accurately describe this man's oeuvre. view post


Now listening to... posted 03 April 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

Ninja High School.

It's the only thing keeping me from indulging in a screaming fit in the middle of the office. Nexis searches = soul killers. view post


Now listening to... posted 04 April 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

On the subway to work:
started with Killing Joke. no joy.
followed it up with Khanate. Much better.

Now, Glenn Miller. I can't edit when there's peeps screaming in the background. view post


what do you do posted 04 April 2006 in Off-Topic Discussionwhat do you do by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

I'm an editor at a monthly science magazine, based in New York City.

What I do most of the day: I explain how something (scientific principle, piece of equipment, bit of software, experiment, phenomenon) works to the non-tech oriented editors, illustrators, art directors, anyone who needs to know...I spend a lot of time on the phone and email with the nerdulent. I also spent a fair chunk of time giving our infographics the gimlet eye. I wrangle some copy, too, but that's not my main role at the mag.

"Science Harpy" would be the most accurate thing to put on my biz card.

It's a good gig, although there are days when I sorely miss beating the crap out of liquid crystal samples with an X-ray beam. view post


what do you do posted 04 April 2006 in Off-Topic Discussionwhat do you do by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

Quote: "gierra":1vwza51h

they get rememberance day off as a holiday... and since my birthday is the day before... no hungover work days ! wooo!

except for all the other days.[/quote:1vwza51h]

No kidding. LOL I'd be rockin' the 2- or 3-day work week if I could stay home every time I woke up with a hangover. view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 05 April 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

cookies view post


Increased amounts of Guests? posted 11 April 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionIncreased amounts of Guests? by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

At another site I frequent, there are often as many Guests/Lurkers online at the same time as registered users. Here's the current stats: 56 guests, 62 members 14 anonymous members.

Better that they lurk and learn the ropes than immediately register and proceed to spam this place to hell and back...

*waves to the lurkers* view post


Increased amounts of Guests? posted 11 April 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionIncreased amounts of Guests? by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

Quote: "Entropic_existence":1bm365li
Meh I'd rather they join.[/quote:1bm365li]

Well, yeah. Terminal lurking is a weird habit--I've heard people admit that they'd lurk at a board for years (!!) before posting. But the other situation (freaky aggressive spammers) is way more unpleasant than having a few oglers. view post


PON vs MBOF vs ASOIAF posted 01 May 2006 in Literature DiscussionPON vs MBOF vs ASOIAF by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

We seem to be in the middle of another round of "discuss PoN" at another board I frequent. As far as the "treatment of women" issue goes -- that's rather difficult to dissociate from, say, a reader's own experience. Because while it's relatively rare to come across someone who's experienced the horror of armed conflict, it's quite easy to find a person (male or female) who's the victim of sexual violence. Even if one hasn't been victimized in such a manner, it's very prevalent in almost any female reader's mind.

I don't get the vehemence of some readers pro or con a certain series. All of them are worthy in their own right, even if it's not to a reader's taste. I mean, it ain't Goodkind.. view post


PON vs MBOF vs ASOIAF posted 03 May 2006 in Literature DiscussionPON vs MBOF vs ASOIAF by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

Quote: "Entropic_existence":2rzqy9wp
But then again some people really do have a problem stepping outside of their own little picture of the world full of snuggly pink bunnies to look at things from a different angle <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->[/quote:2rzqy9wp]

Well, some do. But the readers who object to the portrayal of female characters in PoN in the places I frequent...I know for a fact that some of them are not coming from the fluffy bunny standpoint at all. They're men and women who have been raped or the victims of sexual violence and have some problem dissociating their experience from what they see on the page.

I happen to love PoN, but I can understand their reservations about the brutality. It hits a bit too close to home. As for the pollyannas...not so much sympathy. Earwa is a miserable place. view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 03 May 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

kilometers view post


List 'Em - Bands posted 03 May 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionList 'Em - Bands by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

*nods to Stubby* (I think I know ye)

For bands. Shit -- so hard to pick depending on mood and general inebriation.

High on Fire/Sleep
Dismemberment Plan
Wu-Tang Clan
My Bloody Valentine
Sunn O)))
Ted Leo + the Pharmacists
Perceptionists
Minutemen
Queens of the Stone Age
Public Enemy
Propagandhi view post


Who is most offensive. posted 03 May 2006 in Literature DiscussionWho is most offensive. by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

Curse you that I can only vote for one. Goodkind is offensive for sucking so hard. The whole Randian fetish is merely a side offense to the general suckitude. Hubbard...I can't even begin to list his atrocities; they are legion and I'm at work. Heinlein had some interesting ideas, but his adolescent fantasy free-love big-boobed women make me want to spork my eyes out. I haven't read anything by the last two authors. view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 03 May 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

shining view post


PON vs MBOF vs ASOIAF posted 04 May 2006 in Literature DiscussionPON vs MBOF vs ASOIAF by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

Thanks for the clarification, EE. view post


Who is most offensive. posted 05 May 2006 in Literature DiscussionWho is most offensive. by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

Happy to be of service. Any day I can slag off Hubbard or Goodkind is bound to be good. Heh. view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 07 May 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

details view post


PON vs MBOF vs ASOIAF posted 11 May 2006 in Literature DiscussionPON vs MBOF vs ASOIAF by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

Quote: &quot;Randal&quot;:383zfbxz

I rather think the problem of Feast was lack of plot progression.

But on the ASoIaF boards I've seen it done the other way around, with Erikson being denounced as a pre-school writer incapable of forming a coherent sentence, let alone a plot, and Bakker being hailed as the greatest event in fantasy since greek mythology.[/quote:383zfbxz]

True, and very true. <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D -->
AFFC was by far my least favorite of the ASOIAF series, although in context I found it to be a worthy and enjoyable &quot;end of slaughter&quot; book. Some readers don't want to read about that shit (the picking up the pieces) and would rather fast forward to the vengeance bits.

I haven't read Erikson, although I plan to. In any case, the hyperbole on both sides can be amusing. I may have to stop lampooning Goodkind fans and move to more fertile ground... <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> view post


Now Reading... posted 11 May 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

The Glimmering by Elizabeth Hand. view post


Battlestar Galactica on SciFi posted 13 May 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionBattlestar Galactica on SciFi by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

No joke! I was like &quot;cut that shit!&quot; because, well, I dig the ladies with short hair. <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: -->

I keep hoping there will be more Firefly/Serenity. Another film, or something. It is not natural to love a TV show so much. I'd actually buy a TV for such a show. view post


Well... its really cool! posted 13 May 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionWell... its really cool! by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

I *heart* bots. view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 13 May 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

fight view post


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