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Format? posted 11 August 2004 in RPG DiscussionFormat? by Grantaire, Moderator

I agree, text has too many limitations, but it depends what others think too of course. view post


Critique this phrase posted 11 August 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionCritique this phrase by Grantaire, Moderator

Ah, I see. Well, I think it's interesting to look at from a historical/cultural viewpoint. It's not something that I know too much about, so it's interesting to think about, explore a bit beyond simply criticism on the literary level.

What other sites do you have this debate going on? view post


the current Darfur crisis posted 11 August 2004 in Off-Topic Discussionthe current Darfur crisis by Grantaire, Moderator

What are your thoughts regarding the ongoing crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan? Any views about the EU's refusal to name it as genocide, and the lack of military involvement yet? Thoughts?

Myself, I think that many countries should be currently sending aid and troops in to stop the conflict. Too many people have died and been removed from their homes, this should have been halted long ago. view post


Human Hunger posted 11 August 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionHuman Hunger by Grantaire, Moderator

Yes, we are a greedy bunch aren't we? I think in some ways you're correct. While we always want more and more, better than we already have, we also have a sort of desire for simplicity. (humans are so damn irrational!) view post


Human Hunger posted 11 August 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionHuman Hunger by Grantaire, Moderator

Well, humans have their flaws, but greed and overconsumption really must be curbed soon. view post


Theres 4 of us online posted 12 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionTheres 4 of us online by Grantaire, Moderator

I've seen 5 before. Hah! <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> view post


Theres 4 of us online posted 12 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionTheres 4 of us online by Grantaire, Moderator

Meh, the most ever was 15 at once. view post


Critique this phrase posted 13 August 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionCritique this phrase by Grantaire, Moderator

Dros, I don't think that Larry is saying that the messages are really hidden. Rather that the proletariat writers of fantasy used it for unpunished social commentary and criticism. Is that right Larry? view post


Human Hunger posted 13 August 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionHuman Hunger by Grantaire, Moderator

Dros, how do you see personal work ethic for the purchasing of luxury as relating to gov't control and budget? I just don't see the connection. view post


Olympics... posted 13 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionOlympics... by Grantaire, Moderator

I'll likely watch the ceremonies, and though there's no specific sports I'd like to watch, but if I'm channel surfing and come across anything interesting I'll probably sit and watch. view post


Character Classes posted 13 August 2004 in RPG DiscussionCharacter Classes by Grantaire, Moderator

Our plans for character classes and such should probably be simple to start with- after all, there are only a couple of us here, and there's a lot of ground to cover. You have to think small before you can think big. view post


My odd perspective on myself and the universe posted 13 August 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionMy odd perspective on myself and the universe by Grantaire, Moderator

Now, I'm not exactly the most typical guy ever, so I don't exactly know the worldview of most people. But for a random tangent I felt like writing about how I view myself and the universe (please forgive the total randomness and lack of organization <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> ).

Humans. We are (somewhat) intelligent species of macromolecule life living on the surface of a ball of rock orbiting in the cosmos around a medium sized orb of fire and nuclear reactions, in the outer arm of an average galaxy, in a cluster of galaxies, in an unknown position relative the the unimaginably huge universe.

Our day to day life is filled with what we view as the ordinary- driving cars, working at whatever our job may be, using computers, going to school, etc. And yet, are the simple things of life that we are so used to, and even consider trite, are they not unbelievably wonderous? Against that foreground on life in which we do what we find to be normal- courting and dating, playing sports, and so much more, should we not find ourselves in constant incredulity and joyful wonder at this very existance?

Each day the scientists of humanity discover more and more about the universe around us, from the scale of galaxies to the shadowy realm of the msot fundamental particles. There is so much randomness and uncertainty in the universe, what are the odds that the universe would form in such a way that our solar system would develop in a way that earth would come together in such a way that would facilitate the development of life, and eventually us.

Sometimes when I read various passages of science books, I shiver in awe at this, and I feel so insignificant before the mighty expanses of the cosmos...in the foreground of life, I'm a teenage guy who likes reading and music and all that...but in the background that we don't look at all too often, I'm simply an arrangement of billions of atoms in such a way that another creature called a human exists.

I gaze up at the stars at night, feeling not only awe at my and their existance, but also feeling like my life doesn't truly matter in the grand scheme of things, the entire existance of humanity is less than the blink of an eye to the universe, and my life even less time than that. My birth, time on earth, and death will have no impact on the grand majesty of the cosmos. And yet I am here to think and to marvel at that.

At one moment I am just one person among billions, an ant on this rock, marching out the path of my day with the occurances we view with so much importance, getting good grades, getting a date, and so forth. And yet at another, I am alone in the universe, a spectre haunting the depths of knowledge and the universe.




Wow..that turned out different than I expected. I don't think I even got my point across, but it turned out decent <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> view post


My odd perspective on myself and the universe posted 13 August 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionMy odd perspective on myself and the universe by Grantaire, Moderator

Ok, yes, my first point was about the overlooked wonder of life and the universe, but I had another point too (although I didn't really say a lot about it). It's that when you look at the universe, you can't help but feel puny and insignificant, and question why we have to make life so complex, have our petty conflicts, when our existance doesn't so much as make the slightest mar on the face of the universe. view post


Great Book posted 13 August 2004 in Author Q &amp; AGreat Book by Grantaire, Moderator

Muck-rakers? I'm aghast at the slander <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> view post


Olympics... posted 13 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionOlympics... by Grantaire, Moderator

<!-- s:roll: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_rolleyes.gif" alt=":roll:" title="Rolling Eyes" /><!-- s:roll: --> silly Alric. You'd rather watch the Vikings than the Olympics? *agrees* <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: --> view post


My odd perspective on myself and the universe posted 13 August 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionMy odd perspective on myself and the universe by Grantaire, Moderator

Replay, could it not be argued though that we don't really need to *get anything done*, if we aren't focusing on the petty differences, the conflicts, the luxuries of life? view post


My odd perspective on myself and the universe posted 14 August 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionMy odd perspective on myself and the universe by Grantaire, Moderator

Yes, one certainly has to wonder what that different perspective brings to ones life..it would be interesting, to say the very least. view post


What is your position on science vs philosophy? posted 14 August 2004 in Author Q &amp; AWhat is your position on science vs philosophy? by Grantaire, Moderator

You're a philosophy professor, so obviously you have philosophic tendencies (duh), but do you also have interest in science? How do you make compromises between the two, and which would you say provides the "truths" in your life?

Thanks. view post


What is your position on science vs philosophy? posted 16 August 2004 in Author Q &amp; AWhat is your position on science vs philosophy? by Grantaire, Moderator

Yes it does, quite well thank you. I didn't know that you had ceased being a professor though. At least we'll get TTT that much sooner <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: -->

What do you see as being the methodological weaknesses of science however? Science is the only institution that is truly self-correcting. If a hypothesis is found to not match the facts, it is thrown out- where is the weakness in that? Well, I suppose that it could be argued that science as an institution cannot explain the intrinsic value of anything (thus scientific nihilism), yet I do not see there as being a weakness in the actual methodology.

Also, you say that philosophy tries to explain that which goes beyond science- but do you mean that in the sense that it explains things that we simply don't have a scientific explanation for, or things that are truly beyond the realms of science ever?

I agree with you in the use of interpretative pluralism, but if you find philosophy to be less shall we say...definitive than science, what made you get into philosophy as opposed to science? Philosophy has an obvious place in your life, but what made it be that way as opposed to you being say, a scientist? I ask this because as I am a high school student, that branching off is coming- and I am heavily interested in both. An intriguing conundrum
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Scott, have you heard of this journal? posted 16 August 2004 in Author Q &amp; AScott, have you heard of this journal? by Grantaire, Moderator

Oh, Larry, where did you get that by the way? Was it online or did you just come across it in a store? view post


Will be there an italian edition? posted 16 August 2004 in Author Q &amp; AWill be there an italian edition? by Grantaire, Moderator

Yes, I agree with Scott, your english is remarkably good. I can speak French, but it's nowhere as good as that english. So don't worry about it <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> view post


China Mieville posted 16 August 2004 in Literature DiscussionChina Mieville by Grantaire, Moderator

Wow, you did? That's terrific. This is spur of the moment, so I only have one or two now, but I'll add some later.

First being: What in your life influenced you in the creation of the world of Bas-Lag? view post


Olympics... posted 16 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionOlympics... by Grantaire, Moderator

You fence Sovin? That's something I've always wanted to do... view post


Book Club Talk posted 19 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionBook Club Talk by Grantaire, Moderator

Actually yeah Larry, when Wil told me, one of my first thoughts was "hmm, I should see about starting a book club like OF has". I'd been thinking about suggesting something like that to Wil or Sovin even prior to my appointment, so if they have no problem with it, I'm all for starting one.

I'll probably think up more stuff in addition to that that I might like to do. And pretty much all of my questions from our discussion have been solved, just from the first few pages in which Kellhus talks to Cnaiur (holy crap those are two awesome characters). Not to mention that Scott pretty much says exactly what the darkness that comes before is <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> view post


Book Club Talk posted 20 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionBook Club Talk by Grantaire, Moderator

Larry- thanks, I know you'll probably be able to suggest plenty of interesting books too. And oh my yes, those are terrific scenes. Those are two of the best fantasy characters I've read any time recently.

Wil, I don't have an exact plan hammered down yet, but I probably will in the next day or so (or tonight, depends if I'm reading TDTCB all night <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> ). I'll pm you when I come up with my plan. view post


Book Club Talk posted 20 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionBook Club Talk by Grantaire, Moderator

Thank you very much! And I just checked out your website, and I like it very much (gotta say, that's significantly lower hardcover prices than stores. me likes <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> ) view post


K-PAX posted 20 August 2004 in ReviewsK-PAX by Grantaire, Moderator

That sounds quite interesting, definately something I might want to check out. Hrm, my neighbor loaned us that movie once..but I didn't watch it. Odd that. But thanks for the review, it sounds quite good! view post


Book Club Talk posted 20 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionBook Club Talk by Grantaire, Moderator

Okay, for anyone who is somewhat interested in the idea, so questions-

-do you want it to stick only with fantasy? Or do you want a broad range of genres?

-how often? Monthly, bi-monthly?

-Do you want the admins to choose, or do you want to nominate then vote, or what?

Any other comments are appreciated too. view post


Book Club Talk posted 20 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionBook Club Talk by Grantaire, Moderator

Good call Larry. So you think 6 weeks-8 weeks generally? view post


Book Club Talk posted 20 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionBook Club Talk by Grantaire, Moderator

Sounds good. Now what I'm unsure of is whether books should in general be popular ones (i.e. Martin), or else lesser heard of authors. view post


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