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Zarathinius Auditor | joined 14 March 2006 | 83 posts


Top 10 (or so) Ways You Kow You're an R. Scott Bakker Fan posted 14 March 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionTop 10 (or so) Ways You Kow You're an R. Scott Bakker Fan by Zarathinius, Auditor

You find yourself spending a lot of time analyzing what people say and recognizing patterns of real-world jnan, which is such a total fan-only type of realization that you can't talk to anybody about it without getting funny looks. view post


Starring "Insert Actor Here" as Kelhuss! posted 15 March 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionStarring "Insert Actor Here" as Kelhuss! by Zarathinius, Auditor

Somebody just mentioned my pick: Viggo Mortensen. In The Lord of The Rings he handles the role of "Butt-kicking, thoughtful warrior/king-in-exile who can gain the unswerving loyalty of thousands" rather well, so I think he could be an effective Khellus. view post


Anticipation of The Aspect-Emperor posted 15 March 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionAnticipation of The Aspect-Emperor by Zarathinius, Auditor

Yeah, the book covers are definately of excellent design; Their simplicity and elegance are incredibly alluring, which was what first attracted me to The Darkness That Comes Before in the first place.
I have a set of cloth-bound Lord of The Rings books that have the same effect, the binding is black cloth with a symbol of Sauron's Eye and the Ring stamped on the front. Simple and beautiful covers can be as eye-catching as the actual story is mind-riveting. view post


Battlestar Galactica on SciFi posted 15 March 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionBattlestar Galactica on SciFi by Zarathinius, Auditor

You're right, there are similarities between the antagonists of "Battlestar Galactica" and PoN. They create an unbearable suspense and a feeling of almost-hopelessness, and at the same time take on totally unexpected plot turns. view post


Poll: What would you be in prince of nothing? posted 15 March 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionPoll: What would you be in prince of nothing? by Zarathinius, Auditor

I'd have to say Dunyain. Even though they seem immoral to the rest of us, they don't make the same mistakes real people make out of superstition, fear, or denial. They are the ultimate stable society. view post


Mindless Amusement: Type your Username with your elbows posted 15 March 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionMindless Amusement: Type your Username with your elbows by Zarathinius, Auditor

zarfazgthiknius

Huh. Even my pointy elbows can't manage it. view post


Exhaustive Concordance for the PoN series posted 15 March 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionExhaustive Concordance for the PoN series by Zarathinius, Auditor

Yay Wikipedia! A WikiPrince, then? And then we can put an entry in Uncyclopedia for giggles. view post


Top 10 (or so) Ways You Kow You're an R. Scott Bakker Fan posted 15 March 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionTop 10 (or so) Ways You Kow You're an R. Scott Bakker Fan by Zarathinius, Auditor

Okay how about this:

- Secretly, you believe you have comprehended the Thousandfold Thought. view post


AM I ALONE? posted 15 March 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionAM I ALONE? by Zarathinius, Auditor

Oh dear, a PoN fan in the South. I hope you do find someone, it would be a great encouragement to those of us in the Northern USA.
While I'm on this rather unkind topic of criticizing the South, I also hope the Anti-Potterists and other stereotypical religious fanatics don't catch on to the PoN. There would be so much more "blasphemy" (translation: darn good reading material) for them to go into moral panic over. view post


Kellhus: dog or cat person? posted 15 March 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionKellhus: dog or cat person? by Zarathinius, Auditor

In terms of peronality, Kellhus is a cat person. Dignified, graceful, and enchanting when he needs to be.

But, if he actually needed to train an animal, he would probably choose a dog. Loyal, subservient, eager to please, and relatively quick to learn what he teaches. Essentially all the qualities he looks for in humans whenever the need for cohorts arises. Just as a dog seems to revere its owner, so do world-born people revere Kellhus. view post


Now Reading... posted 15 March 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Zarathinius, Auditor

Carl Sagan's The Demon-Haunted World. Non-fiction, but a great read for anyone who was intruiged by Bakker's truth-in-fiction analysis of human intellectual folly. view post


Bad, bad book. BAAAD. posted 15 March 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionBad, bad book. BAAAD. by Zarathinius, Auditor

H.P. Lovecraft wrote some good stuff, but there is some truly wretched schmutz by him as well: The Silver Key, Hypnos, and The Statement of Randolph Carter come to mind. view post


Why are Kellhus and Moenghus of the Few? posted 15 March 2006 in Author Q & AWhy are Kellhus and Moenghus of the Few? by Zarathinius, Auditor

That would be scary as hell, but the Consult still don't know everything they want to know about the Dunyain. The Dunyain have selectively bred themselves over millenia, and that combined with genetic drift in a somewhat small, cloistered population means that they could be a bomb of sorcery waiting to go off. Kellhus mastered the Gnosis with the same rapidity he learns everything, so the Dunyain as a whole could be greater than the entire Mandate school if a great number of them learned sorcery.
Just my two cents. view post


Consult vs Mandate posted 15 March 2006 in Author Q & AConsult vs Mandate by Zarathinius, Auditor

Yeah, kind of like the Silmarillion for Tolkien's books. view post


settle this once and for all posted 17 March 2006 in Off-Topic Discussionsettle this once and for all by Zarathinius, Auditor

I choose "spoilerous", because it sounds like something someone could use in conversation to sound like a know-it-all snob. Then you can make fun of them for sounding like a know-it-all snob who uses fake grammar. view post


you have to hear this! posted 17 March 2006 in Off-Topic Discussionyou have to hear this! by Zarathinius, Auditor

Fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. In your place, I would have probably sat quietly waiting for the guy to quiet down and feel foolish for making a commotion, but in this case the humor/drama value is just so great that it must have been totally worth it. Keep that memory with you forever, since few of us will ever experience such a fantastic coincidence. view post


Top 10 (or so) Ways You Kow You're an R. Scott Bakker Fan posted 17 March 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionTop 10 (or so) Ways You Kow You're an R. Scott Bakker Fan by Zarathinius, Auditor

How about this:

You try to seduce that hot, airheaded blonde you know by attempting to hold her abusive boyfriend by the throat over a ledge. This results in getting the snot beat out of you by the said boyfriend and his gang. view post


Why read fantasy? posted 17 March 2006 in Literature DiscussionWhy read fantasy? by Zarathinius, Auditor

Ugh I feel so...common, saying this, but it's undeniably true: Harry Potter got me into not just fantasy, but fiction in general. Shortly after I read The Hobbit in the course of a single Saturday (I was, like, 12 when that happened, so I was proud of that). Somewhere along the line I discovered Mythago Wood, which introduced me to the realm of more adult-oriented fantasy. I've been hooked like a fish ever since. view post


Mythago Wood (Robert Holdstock) posted 17 March 2006 in Literature DiscussionMythago Wood (Robert Holdstock) by Zarathinius, Auditor

Okay, does anyone agree with me when I say that Mythago Wood is one of the top <insert total number of favorite books> fantasy books ever written? Great characters, personal motivation, and all-around fantasy awesomeness. Obviously, any literary critic can point out problems with it if they try hard enough, but really, what is there that makes this book less than one of the very best? view post


Mythago Wood (Robert Holdstock) posted 21 March 2006 in Literature DiscussionMythago Wood (Robert Holdstock) by Zarathinius, Auditor

Yeah, it's definately worth the time. Few books, I think, are able to create a sense of reality in a fantasy setting as effectively as Mythago Wood. On the other hand, I'm not as impressed by Robert Holdstock's other work, but that's just my opinion. view post


How did you get your username? posted 21 March 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionHow did you get your username? by Zarathinius, Auditor

Mine's rather straightforward: Zarathinius is one of the famous writers of the Three Seas quoted in the PoN. I wanted to go with Ajencis, but that was, of course, already taken. view post


Starring "Insert Actor Here" as Kelhuss! posted 21 March 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionStarring "Insert Actor Here" as Kelhuss! by Zarathinius, Auditor

Yeah, a computer-generated cast might be interesting... or claymation...no, just kidding! <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> view post


Do you believe a God exists? posted 21 March 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionDo you believe a God exists? by Zarathinius, Auditor

I have spent quite a bit of time trying to get over the &quot;Christians are hypocrites&quot; attitude, since the mere word &quot;Christian&quot; has become so overarching and interpreted in so many ways that blaming Christians for anything is a great way of insulting somebody you don't intend to insult. The actual hypocrites and Fundamentalists often claim a monopoly on Christianity, which is the source of most animosity towards Christians as a whole.

But anyway, to get back on track with the topic, I must say that I do not believe in a personified, intelligent, or unified divine being, which I suppose is a liberal interpretation of Deism. I personally do not feel despair or hopelessness when confronted with the idea that our existence has no purpose or meaning. After all, who is to say what it means to have purpose or meaning? Life is life, and anything beyond can only be speculated upon in a psuedoscientific manner, since it is beyond our physical senses. The metaphysics of faith are dangerously open to human error and logical fallacy, which is where the problems arise. Metaphysics can be defined as truths that can be realized by thinking about them, so how can we know one person's metaphysical realization is &quot;more true&quot; than another's? In my humble opinion, I would rather accept my ignorance than create my own perception of reality.

I realize what I say may offend, baffle, or irk some people, but I ask that you not hold it against me if this is the case. (i.e. I didn't try to hurt anybody's feelings.) view post


Can we really tell history &quot;as it was&quot;? posted 21 March 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionCan we really tell history &quot;as it was&quot;? by Zarathinius, Auditor

I agree with the statements about perception and interpretation; People can only interpret things from a single perspective (their own). Since history has to be interpreted from the narratives of others, the actual memory of what happened is never fully transmitted. view post


Do you believe a God exists? posted 21 March 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionDo you believe a God exists? by Zarathinius, Auditor

&quot;Truths that can be realised by thinking about them&quot; sounds a bit vague to me to warrant the label &quot;truths.&quot; Me, I'd define it as &quot;stuff we can only speculate about&quot;


Precisely my point. When reality has to be processed in our minds, what is there to stop our minds from interfering with what our senses percieve? Next to nothing, the exception being a skeptical attitude. Believe it or not, the idea of metaphysics was (or maybe still is, I don't know) considered as respectable as real physics by many intellectuals. view post


ignorance or enlightenment ? posted 21 March 2006 in Philosophy Discussionignorance or enlightenment ? by Zarathinius, Auditor

No happy mediums? Well then, screw awareness, I'd rather be dumb as a box of rocks if being depressed was the only other option. view post


Drugs posted 21 March 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionDrugs by Zarathinius, Auditor

The only mind-altering drug I use is a perscription, which keeps me out of trouble. However, I once overdosed slightly on the Adderal, and I found the experience... dizzying. Rather than slowing down or fogging up my thoughts, I wound up being able to focus so clearly that I spent the whole day with a stupid grin on my face, since the feeling of mental energy was rather euphoric. I have not experienced any problems because of using Adderal, so I think the doctors can be trusted on this one. It has improved my school career tremendously, but it does reduce my appetite, so I wound up losing 5 pounds that I shouldn't have lost. Makes it harder to sleep too, now that I think about it. Still, this is a case of a mind-affecting drug being worth the risks. view post


The problem of evil posted 21 March 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionThe problem of evil by Zarathinius, Auditor

The biggest problem, as I see it, with good and evil is that they require a judge. Humans often disagree on what is good and what is evil, so we look for more concrete justification. With the concept of &quot;god&quot;, as an all-knowing, all-powerful being that is the final judge of anything and everything, it is easier to say that one knows what the &quot;absolutes&quot; of good and evil are. But if people disagree about what the absolute arbiter (god) terms good and evil, then it automatically brings the concept of an absolute truth or and absolute arbiter into question, since you can't have two different absolutes of the same thing. Who is one person to claim they know the truth concerning something that is esoteric, when somebody else can make a similar claim with equal gravitas? view post


What is Philosophy? posted 21 March 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat is Philosophy? by Zarathinius, Auditor

The capabilty to organize and portray thoughts in such a way that another can understand them in the same way. view post


Free Will posted 21 March 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionFree Will by Zarathinius, Auditor

Try thinking about it this way: Every thought we have is the result of something or some things that happened previously, and every choice we make is similarly influenced. After all, would any of us be thinking about this topic if we hadn't been reading it? And would we be reading this topic if we were not already on this forum? It seems to continue endlessly in this manner. Essentially, we truly are beholden to &quot;the darkness that comes before.&quot; <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> view post


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