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


Gophers... posted 27 June 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionGophers... by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

Tol -- you make me feel fucking ancient! Gopher!!! <!-- s:shock: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_eek.gif" alt=":shock:" title="Shocked" /><!-- s:shock: --> view post


The Hangover Whinge: Why oh Why? + A Misery Poll posted 27 June 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionThe Hangover Whinge: Why oh Why? + A Misery Poll by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

Quote: &quot;alhana&quot;:3orphy76
Many of my females friends and I will avoid consuming calories before going out drinking thinking that we can fend off the dreaded &quot;beer belly&quot; only to find that our self-imposed-temporary-anorexia actually makes us sicker in the morning.[/quote:3orphy76]

Done that. Then I got wise -- better to be a little weird shaped than to spend one's evening reeling around the NYC Subway system. <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> view post


The Hangover Whinge: Why oh Why? + A Misery Poll posted 28 June 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionThe Hangover Whinge: Why oh Why? + A Misery Poll by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

Me too.
we just acquired a new bottle of the stuff, too. view post


Gophers... posted 28 June 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionGophers... by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

Quote: &quot;Tol h'Eddes&quot;:3s50rnvn
Quote: &quot;Xray the Enforcer&quot;:3s50rnvn
Tol -- you make me feel fucking ancient! Gopher!!! <!-- s:shock: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_eek.gif" alt=":shock:" title="Shocked" /><!-- s:shock: -->[/quote:3s50rnvn]

Maybe you are <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) -->[/quote:3s50rnvn]

<!-- s:P --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_razz.gif" alt=":P" title="Razz" /><!-- s:P -->
not that ancient. Just old enough to no longer be trustworthy. <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> view post


Gophers... posted 29 June 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionGophers... by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

&quot;Dont trust anyone over 30.&quot;
(jacked from a quote by Jack Weinberg: &quot;We have a saying in the [Free Speech Movement] that we don't trust anyone over 30.&quot;) view post


The Hangover Whinge: Why oh Why? + A Misery Poll posted 30 June 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionThe Hangover Whinge: Why oh Why? + A Misery Poll by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

aaaaaahhhhh. long weekend is nearly here. tried a new gin cocktail last night -- not impressed. I dumped 1/2 of it, attacked a beer instead (practice for the heavy drinking and molotov cocktailing required for any decent July 4th disaster-weekend.) view post


The Hangover Whinge: Why oh Why? + A Misery Poll posted 05 July 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionThe Hangover Whinge: Why oh Why? + A Misery Poll by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

I celebrated Merica, Fuck Yeah! Day by drinking Irn Bru.
(all the cocktail glasses were packed for the move, and all the beer was disbursed for help-with-moving bribes...) view post


Now Reading... posted 13 July 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

I bit the bullet. I'm reading Gardens of the Moon by Erikson.

There's a whole lot of Tupac vs. Biggie Smalls-style hate going on between Bakker fans and Erikson fans over at Westeros, and I guess I prefer to be at least mildly informed before I'll hand out beatdowns. I've vowed to read GotM and Deadhouse Gates (seems to be a general consensus that things get way better after the first book) before I'll make the final call, but I gotta admit, I am fucking BORED TO TEARS by GotM thus far.

To take the edge off, I'm also reading Gene Wolfe.

Finally, I'm reading 5 different cookbooks for an article I have to write in August. Nothing worse than perusing recipes from the French Laundry when you've skipped lunch. <!-- s:cry: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_cry.gif" alt=":cry:" title="Crying or Very sad" /><!-- s:cry: --> view post


Now Reading... posted 14 July 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

Quote: &quot;Murrin&quot;:1vquiak3
There's a whole lot of Tupac vs. Biggie Smalls-style hate going on between Bakker fans and Erikson fans over at Westeros, and I guess I prefer to be at least mildly informed before I'll hand out beatdowns.

That's interesting, because over at Malazan Empire there are a lot of Bakker fans, probably because Steve recommended him way back when The Darkness That Comes Before came out. I don't think I've seen anyone there arguing about it - they all think both series are great.


I've started Mark Z Danielewski's House of Leaves, and seven chapters in, I can say it's pretty damn good.[/quote:1vquiak3]

House of Leaves is great.

I think the animosity comes from Westeros being a Martin forum (i.e. not dedicated to either Bakker or Erikson) and it attracts a somewhat different style of reader. I'm also noticing that many of the women either hate both writers, or love to hate Bakker in particular (this is, of course, not universal -- I mean, I'm here, as is Tol and gierra and at least a few other XX bearers).

Finally, we (generally) don't pit Martin against other writers in threads -- there's no point because anyone who's there is at least tangentially interested in ASOIAF. OTOH, if someone were to start a Bakker vs. Martin thread at Malazan, you might see similar levels of bitching that we see at Westeros. Anyway, just a few half-baked thoughts.

(and GotM is getting...more interesting. thank the gods.) view post


What would you say are the must-reads of literature? posted 04 August 2006 in Literature DiscussionWhat would you say are the must-reads of literature? by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

Vellum by Hal Duncan
City of Saints and Madmen by Jeff VanderMeer
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy view post


Neuropath posted 19 August 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionNeuropath by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

Yeah -- that's about all I've heard, too. And I think if anything had changed, somebody would have spilled the beans by now.

Maybe Scott finally discovered the Cursing Singularity (motherfucker!), where there's so much swearing in a single book that it folds in on itself and disappears from the visible universe. view post


Erikson Neophyte posted 19 August 2006 in Literature DiscussionErikson Neophyte by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

I'll be interested what you think of Erikson. I am not impressed with his writing, although he finally created an interesting character in Felisin. I swore to the Erikson fans at Westeros that I'd read thru DHG, and I will. After that, though, I don't think I'm going to continue the series.

I guess it comes down to what you're looking for in books. Nifty battles and cool world-buidling, with uber-1337 characters who never die? Multiple non-human races who do cool shit? Magic, magic, even more magic. It's magic all the way dow? Erikson is your man.

Structured narrative, character development and an inspired command of the written or spoken word (while also delivering the goods when it comes to world-building flava, etc -- what we read this stuff for in the first place)? Find another author, because that is definitely not Erikson's forte.

He does do blood well, though. Maybe not Cormac McCarthy levels of blood, but he's better than most. I dunno -- I can certainly see why others like the books. view post


Looking for new Moderator posted 19 August 2006 in General AnnouncementsLooking for new Moderator by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

No shit. Somebody needs to come in here and clean out the spammy rabble. view post


Not smart enough posted 19 August 2006 in Author Q &amp; ANot smart enough by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

Quote: &quot;Deornoth&quot;:1thrvbfs
Night of the living Guest? <!-- s:twisted: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_twisted.gif" alt=":twisted:" title="Twisted Evil" /><!-- s:twisted: -->
Would anyone believe me if I said those posts were mine? <!-- s:oops: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_redface.gif" alt=":oops:" title="Embarassed" /><!-- s:oops: --> Sometimes my computer logs me in, sometimes it just laughs at me and says I'm a guest... <!-- s:roll: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_rolleyes.gif" alt=":roll:" title="Rolling Eyes" /><!-- s:roll: -->
Oh well...[/quote:1thrvbfs]

Sure it was, n00b. <!-- s:roll: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_rolleyes.gif" alt=":roll:" title="Rolling Eyes" /><!-- s:roll: --> <!-- s:P --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_razz.gif" alt=":P" title="Razz" /><!-- s:P -->
actually, though, I figured it was you or Wert -- since I think both of you were at the London signing, yes? view post


What is your favorite sport? posted 19 August 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is your favorite sport? by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

Not since I left California....and almost got all my teeth knocked out by some crazy 200-lb weight-lifting hussy with elbows of iron. <!-- s:P --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_razz.gif" alt=":P" title="Razz" /><!-- s:P --> view post


Neuropath posted 19 August 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionNeuropath by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

Quote: &quot;Entropic_existence&quot;:33thfuzd
I heard Scott read a chapter from Neuropath and there was definitly alot of cursing <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> But it was all very natural really.[/quote:33thfuzd]

That seems to be the consensus of anyone who has had any experience with the book. &quot;Well, there was a lot of swearing.&quot; <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> view post


Erikson Neophyte posted 29 August 2006 in Literature DiscussionErikson Neophyte by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

I just got back from WorldCon and am predictably brain-fried. But I'll try to get a list together for ya. A warning should go with Vellum, though. It's a love or hate book depending on how one feels about narrative gymnastics and general wankery. As in: the book is ridiculously high-concept, and your tolerance for those kinds of stunts vs. your interest in the story being told will dictate if you like the book.

I have very low tolerance for wankery, but was quite taken by the story and some of the themes in Vellum. It was touch and go for awhile, though. I very nearly landed in the hate column. view post


a song of ice and fire? posted 29 August 2006 in Literature Discussiona song of ice and fire? by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

the book is about, well, the World of Ice and Fire. Maps of Westeros, the Free Cities, the Summer Isles, etc. Heraldry and myths and legends. It's a companion book to the series, not a prequel or sequel or even an alternate universe.

Also, there are a couple websites to check.
<!-- w --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.westeros.org">www.westeros.org</a><!-- w -->
(has basically everything about ASOIAF, including the So Spake Martin threads which compile everything Martin's ever said about the books at signings, at cons, at dinner, over drinks, etc)

<!-- w --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.georgerrmartin.com">www.georgerrmartin.com</a><!-- w -->
the mo'fficial site. view post


great reads in fantasy? posted 29 August 2006 in Literature Discussiongreat reads in fantasy? by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

I've heard love for Janny Wurts.

I would recommend Gene Wolfe's The Books of the New Sun. Some great writing in there. Also some people love Greg Keyes (Blood Knight, etc.) view post


Terry Goodkind engages in rape fantasy? posted 30 August 2006 in Literature DiscussionTerry Goodkind engages in rape fantasy? by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

If you must get your Goodkind-related mayhem in, try the fight happening at Wikipedia right now. Holy gods, what a clusterfuck. <!-- s:roll: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_rolleyes.gif" alt=":roll:" title="Rolling Eyes" /><!-- s:roll: --> view post


Being damned posted 09 September 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionBeing damned by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

the mighty puissance of the moderator!!! (I just got made a mod at Westeros, and am still drunk on my awesome powers. or perhaps that's gin?) view post


great reads in fantasy? posted 09 September 2006 in Literature Discussiongreat reads in fantasy? by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

noodles -- gods, that's kind of a tall order. But I can try: the story is about the torturer's travels up the river and (eventually) to his great destiny. along the way he gets laid, fights, wonders on the nature of a magical stone, and falls in with brigands. He also meets some people, executes others, and battles a gigantic lizard.

anyway, the story is really told as a flashback in the waning days (IIRC) of the torturer's life. I highly recommend it, although the prose is somewhat impenetrable to those used to straight-forward description. And there are some nasty surprises in the story along the way...

is that sufficiently spoiler-free? view post


Being damned posted 09 September 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionBeing damned by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

Ha. The sum total of my mod duties have been 1) smackdown on a bitchfight between two posters, 2) deleting dual posts, 3) random posturing. I am happy with this. Modding flamewars is a bitch. view post


Being damned posted 15 September 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionBeing damned by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

Quote: &quot;Hellscythe&quot;:3ovt7hgn
eh, i know a few moderators of various forums, and they sometimes use their mod powers a bit too much, sometimes locking whole threads. Usually it something that pisses them off...but anyway.[/quote:3ovt7hgn]

Well, there's locking a thread from spite, and then there's locking a thread because a) it's a dupe, b) it's a flamewar (or will be one soon) or c) it's spam. view post


a song of ice and fire? posted 15 September 2006 in Literature Discussiona song of ice and fire? by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

Quote: &quot;Scel&quot;:2fsl0nju
That sucks...I actually got Chills when I read the final was going to be
&quot;A Time for Wolves&quot;.

In the &quot;Graphic Novel&quot; Edition of A Hedge Knight, there was a chapter from The Sworn Sword...are they doing a full Comic/graphic novel of that too? I love Dunk and Egg.[/quote:2fsl0nju]

Again, check Westeros.org. If it belongs in the Martinverse, it'll be mentioned on Ran's site. view post


Being damned posted 16 September 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionBeing damned by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

Hrm. maybe I should try that. <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: -->
(ha. I kid. I don't like locking threads in general, although sometimes it's the only way to get people to calm down.) view post


What happens to them. posted 10 December 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat happens to them. by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

I was kidnapped by the ev0l spambots and forced to read Goodkind novels for weeks on end. I only just escaped. Fuckers!!! view post


Other forums frequented posted 10 December 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionOther forums frequented by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

Mostly hang out at ASOIAF boards at Westeros (even since that bastard Ran made me a mod, I've neglected almost all of my other online haunts.)

Also, I've got a posse at LiveJournal, and have been pulled into Galactica Watercooler. And Medieval 2:Total War has totally sucked up a bunch of my computer time. Damned strategy games... <!-- s:evil: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_evil.gif" alt=":evil:" title="Evil or Very Mad" /><!-- s:evil: --> view post


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