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posted 14 Mar 2006, 23:03 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

posted 15 Mar 2006, 00:03 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

posted 15 Mar 2006, 00:03 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

posted 15 Mar 2006, 00:03 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

posted 15 Mar 2006, 00:03 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

posted 15 Mar 2006, 00:03 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

posted 15 Mar 2006, 00:03 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

posted 15 Mar 2006, 11:03 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 [b:2cixcwp6]have[/b:2cixcwp6] comprehended the Thousandfold Thought. view post

posted 15 Mar 2006, 22:03 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

posted 15 Mar 2006, 22:03 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 [i:r1iht2cw]needed[/i:r1iht2cw] 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

posted 15 Mar 2006, 22:03 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Zarathinius, Auditor

Carl Sagan's [i:3inob3e1] The Demon-Haunted World[/i:3inob3e1]. Non-fiction, but a great read for anyone who was intruiged by Bakker's truth-in-fiction analysis of human intellectual folly. view post

posted 15 Mar 2006, 22:03 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

posted 15 Mar 2006, 23:03 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

posted 15 Mar 2006, 23:03 in Author Q & AConsult vs Mandate by Zarathinius, Auditor

Yeah, kind of like the [i:3eiaruf8]Silmarillion[/i:3eiaruf8] for Tolkien's books. view post

posted 17 Mar 2006, 02:03 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

posted 17 Mar 2006, 02:03 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

posted 17 Mar 2006, 02:03 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

posted 17 Mar 2006, 02:03 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 [i:17yq0wkw]The Hobbit[/i:17yq0wkw] 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 [i:17yq0wkw]Mythago Wood[/i:17yq0wkw], 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 Mar 2006, 02:03 in Literature DiscussionMythago Wood (Robert Holdstock) by Zarathinius, Auditor

Okay, does anyone agree with me when I say that [i:g3bs2949]Mythago Wood[/i:g3bs2949] 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

posted 21 Mar 2006, 01:03 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

posted 21 Mar 2006, 02:03 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

posted 21 Mar 2006, 02:03 in Off-Topic DiscussionStarring &quot;Insert Actor Here&quot; as Kelhuss! by Zarathinius, Auditor

Yeah, a computer-generated cast might be interesting... or, just kidding! :wink: view post

posted 21 Mar 2006, 02:03 in Philosophy DiscussionDo you believe a God exists? by Zarathinius, Auditor

I have spent quite a bit of time trying to get over the "Christians are hypocrites" attitude, since the mere word "Christian" 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 "more true" 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

posted 21 Mar 2006, 02:03 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

posted 21 Mar 2006, 03:03 in Philosophy DiscussionDo you believe a God exists? by Zarathinius, Auditor

[quote:29sxg00j]"Truths that can be realised by thinking about them" sounds a bit vague to me to warrant the label "truths." Me, I'd define it as "stuff we can only speculate about"[/quote:29sxg00j] 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

posted 21 Mar 2006, 03:03 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

posted 21 Mar 2006, 03:03 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

posted 21 Mar 2006, 03:03 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 "god", 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 "absolutes" 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 [i:25waa6go]gravitas[/i:25waa6go]? view post

posted 21 Mar 2006, 03:03 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

posted 21 Mar 2006, 03:03 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 "the darkness that comes before." :) view post

posted 22 Mar 2006, 01:03 in Philosophy DiscussionTranshumanism and Genetic Engineering by Zarathinius, Auditor

Obviously I am very much in favor of using genetic engineering to help those who are somehow genetically disadvantaged, but I also think the implications are many and varied, especially considering the fact that genetic engineering is still in its infancy. Will genetic engineering be reliable? Will there perhaps be subtle flaws or mutations that result from human tinkering, things that may not become apparent until after many years, posibly even many generations, of modified humans? We really have no way of knowing until genetic engineering reaches a point where anybody with enough money has the capability to change their children in innumerable ways. And when that happens, it might be too late to prevent social revolution. view post

posted 22 Mar 2006, 23:03 in Philosophy DiscussionTranshumanism and Genetic Engineering by Zarathinius, Auditor

[quote:ljl2imed]The bottom line is that there are definitely risks involved in genetic engineering, as there is in any other new technology. We should certainly do our utmost to test these things and make them safe. But we cannot let the fear of possible future dangers cripple us into inaction. [/quote:ljl2imed] Yes, I agree that most problems that are discovered after people have died of it can be rectified to prevent future damage, but there is a difference with publicly available genetic modification. Widespread genetic engineering of humans may have the potential to create a social division; one that really would be determined by virtue of birth rather than the superficial "noble blood" believed to exist in the past. When people would be born with a literal genetic legacy other than that of their ancestors, there could arise either a class of superhumans, or a class of degenerates. The extent, availabilty, and possible future implications of genetic engineering are largely unknown. This does not mean, of course, that it should be avoided or shunned, but it does mean that great care must be taken in its development. It also means that people who have something to gain from its distribution - medical corporations and commercial labratories - must be kept under close supervision. Capitalism does not favor long-term caution; it favors short-term profit. Despite the possible benefits, problems, or whatever else associated with genetic engineering, we must be careful not to jump into a situation without foresight. Vague references to the possible benefits are only speculation (think of nuclear fission energy), and the doomsayers are paranoids who fear change. In short, we should allow further study and development of genetic engineering (humans have never been very good at witholding progress), but we can't make any permanent decisions when we still have so far to go. view post

posted 25 Mar 2006, 12:03 in Philosophy DiscussionTranshumanism and Genetic Engineering by Zarathinius, Auditor

Fair enough. I suppose my point about the gap beteen the elite and the poor was that, in our modern world, the general attitude is: "If I can pay for it, I have a right to it." Although this seems fair as long as people stay within the realm of the law, it tends to perpetuate the division between the elite and everybody else. view post

posted 27 Mar 2006, 23:03 in Philosophy DiscussionTranshumanism and Genetic Engineering by Zarathinius, Auditor

[quote:12kmyw8w]Then again, the division between the rich and the poor is much bigger in some places than in others. Here in Europe, things aren't so bad. Are you from the states? If so, that would go some way towards explaining our different outlooks as regarding this subject, I suspect.[/quote:12kmyw8w] Yeah, I'm from the US. Here we have capitalistic healthcare, a corrupted, entrenched government, and the Kansas board of Education (i.e. intelligent design). I suppose the problems we are discussing seem larger to me because of it; the U.S. has a greater ignoramus-per-square-mile count than all of Europe combined, I think. view post

posted 02 Apr 2006, 17:04 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Zarathinius, Auditor

Nudge view post

posted 05 Apr 2006, 21:04 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Zarathinius, Auditor

emotion view post

posted 05 Apr 2006, 22:04 in Off-Topic DiscussionWords You Like or Don't Like by Zarathinius, Auditor

"Sangfroid" is a very annoying word when used in English. "Incredulous" becomes annoying when used more than three times in one written work. "Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis", however, is a wonderful word, albiet one that I fear I may never learn to pronounce quickly. (That's a real word, by the way.) view post

posted 09 Apr 2006, 11:04 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Zarathinius, Auditor

old view post

posted 09 Apr 2006, 12:04 in Off-Topic Discussionhobbies? by Zarathinius, Auditor

I recently joined the track team at my school, and I enjoy it because I'm getting exercise for the first time in years. I jump hurdles as my main event, which means I am occasionally in pain. But it's all good. I have an unhealthy addiction to strategy-based computer games. This is ironic because I am not a very good strategist. One of my main interests is architecture. I'm very intrigued by the design elements that make houses enjoyable to live in versus the weird designs that are popular with many high-end architects. Honestly, a vaulted ceiling seems to serve no purpose other than to be impressive and awkward. I'm very much into fantasy and have an incredible amount of stuff because of that. Costumes, staves, necklaces and pendants, rings, and even a pair goblets carved from stone. re: Edge of Certainty [quote:ii2qem90]I've mastered 9 different forms of Northern Chinese Gung-Fu, 6 different Japanese arts, and I am the last practitioner of the Chinese Martial art Kwon Gung Tsu in the world.[/quote:ii2qem90] Awesome. You should find a few students, there's money to be made there. Not to mention the value of keeping obscure traditions alive. view post

posted 09 Apr 2006, 12:04 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Zarathinius, Auditor

Just finished [i:1bkilxmc]Them[/i:1bkilxmc] by Jon Ronson. Friggin' hilarious. view post

posted 02 Jun 2006, 22:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionJust wrong, I tell you. by Zarathinius, Auditor

Hehe, that would be quite a sight. I think an aspiring Sci-fi/Fantasy lit fan would probably be intrigued by the title, surprised by the thickness of the spine, and melt their brain if they tried to read it. Brain-melting is NOT a good way to start a hobby :wink: Then again, anybody would be confused if they started with The Warrior-Prophet. But getting back on topic, how the heck did you manage to give a [i:105kwkcm]brief[/i:105kwkcm] description? I can't even begin describing the book to anyone without trying to cram every major plot device in. view post

posted 02 Jun 2006, 23:06 in Philosophy Discussiontruth glistens by Zarathinius, Auditor

Truthfully, I agree. -- For the Vulgar Man reads the Truth, and, upon Knowing it, claims to know what Truth is. The Wise Man reads the Truth, and, upon Knowing it, reveals it to be False by using fancy Philosophical rhetoric he read in a book. However, those who walk conditioned ground realize that they are walking upon said ground without shoes, which is very uncomfortable, because they know that shoes can only cause their feet to stink. It is enough, they know, that they can know the Truth by looking it up on the Internet....they ask Scott Bakker. -- [i:2w5l09qg]Here I shall beg forgiveness for making a pathetic joke out of a much better joke.[/i:2w5l09qg] view post

posted 08 Jun 2006, 01:06 in Philosophy Discussiontruth glistens by Zarathinius, Auditor

Congratulations, JustifiedHeretic. You just caused my brain to melt. Well done. view post

posted 14 Jun 2006, 19:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionVictory! by Zarathinius, Auditor

I've told plenty of people about it, but I don't know if any of them have actually picked it up. Now that I think about it, the reasons I like the series so much are the same reasons most of my peer group (ages 15-17) avoids books. Anything requiring more than 60 seconds of thought seems to give most teenagers hives. Curse their tiny attention spans... :x </bitterness towards peers> But anyway, I can't wait until the United Spades of Amerika lightens up about "mature themes" in school. Then they'll put the PoN on every school's reading list...Bwahahaha... :twisted: Or maybe not. view post

posted 14 Jun 2006, 19:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Scott, then the rest of us... by Zarathinius, Auditor

*Forms cult devoted to Kellhus in futile attempt to appease him* Crap, that won't work, will it? Okay, okay, just stay calm....AARRGHH! view post

posted 14 Jun 2006, 20:06 in Philosophy Discussiontruth glistens by Zarathinius, Auditor

And then Aristotle, the bartender, comes up with a scientific theory stating that French poeple dissapear when slapped by Greeks. This is the only theory for which he ever had any evidence. Machiavelli, sitting near the back, points out that the ends justify the means. Since the end was the dissapearence of a drunken French philosopher, it justified allowing an angry Greek philosopher into the bar. Socrates was going to say something, but his drink was spiked with Water Hemlock. He dies. Confucius sits nearby, chatting with Lao-Tzu (in Chinese, of course). In keeping with their philosophies, neither disrupts the natural Tao of The Bar. Then Kellhus comes in and pwns them all with his Thousandfold Thought. He is then evicted from the bar for making a ruckus. view post

posted 25 Jun 2006, 02:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionVictory! by Zarathinius, Auditor

[quote:2ipqks1u]I'd prefer not to study the PoN, even given the chance. I enjoy it, and enjoy discussing it. Having some dumbass teacher tell me that it's actually about Jesus would kill me inside.[/quote:2ipqks1u] Good point. If somebody tries to pass it off as an allegory to any religion, they deserve a good flogging. Anybody who declares it to be blasphemous, however, should be heartily laughed at and made fun of in public. view post

posted 25 Jun 2006, 02:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionAny Webmasters out there? by Zarathinius, Auditor

Uhh, I can sort of make stuff with Dreamweaver, and I know (or could re-learn) basic HTML. Haven't actually done anything yet. view post

posted 25 Jun 2006, 02:06 in Literature DiscussionWho is most offensive. by Zarathinius, Auditor

[quote:325vslpa]rape should always be offensive. But that's the point of putting such things into fiction: elements in the story are meant to offend and that is part of the aesthetic experience.[/quote:325vslpa] Yes, I agree with you completely. The unpleasant parts of the story are what make it worth reading; a mushy, sentimental story without moral conflict isn't even a story. Its the characters' struggle through seemingly hopeless circumstances that makes you want to keep reading. But I think people who find the whole series distasteful because they are prudes and can't handle a story with a little grit ARE most useful as cannon fodder. (I assume that's what Virus was talking about). view post

posted 21 Jul 2006, 04:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionGaming? by Zarathinius, Auditor

I used to play D&D but then I moved. Didn't find any gamers there at all, but now that I've moved again (to Hawai'i), I hope I'll find some people. Especially considering it would be a damned shame if all my rulebooks went to waste. Those books are expensive! Still, I do have semi-funny gaming story: The adventure starts out with the entire group in a prison cell. I can't for the life of me remember why we were there. Anyway, this big bald guy (an NPC) gets thrown in with us, and informs us that we are all in big trouble. Now, none of us have any gear at all, not even a bit of wire for the thief (me) to pick the lock. So what do we do? Why, use good ol' baldy as a battering ram, of course! With the cell door smashed open, and only one of us is armed (with a rock). I really don't remember the rest of it, but I do recall that the guy who had the rock decided to keep it rather than get a real weapon. view post

posted 21 Jul 2006, 04:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is your favorite sport? by Zarathinius, Auditor

I like fencing, and I ran track this past spring season. But really, I don't watch sports on TV. view post

posted 08 Nov 2006, 17:11 in Off-Topic DiscussionScott Bakker ruined it for me. by Zarathinius, Auditor

The DnD books lack something all right: Originality. Ever since The Lord of the Rings, fantasy writers have had a hell of a time thinking of a plot that does not center around a magical object. Then again, as a player of D&D, I don't mind a little pulp fantasy now and then. view post

posted 29 Dec 2006, 19:12 in Off-Topic DiscussionHelp me understand by Zarathinius, Auditor

Depression and world-weariness tend to appear during periods of prolonged, seemingly unescapeable stress. There's some science behind that, but I'm feeling too apathetic to look it up... view post

posted 10 Jan 2007, 07:01 in Literature DiscussionAny horror fans here? by Zarathinius, Auditor

I agree with borfalkian; Poe is very good, and I would put H.P. Lovecraft in second place (as Lovecraft tended to think of himself). "The Pit and the Pendulum" was my favorite work by Poe, and "The Colour Out of Space" was my favorite of Lovecraft's. I'm not much into the horror genre otherwise, though; I've never read anything by Stephen King. view post

posted 10 Jan 2007, 08:01 in Literature DiscussionNo more Elves. Innovative, Violent and Thought-provoking. by Zarathinius, Auditor

[i:2mrrn8tb]Mythago Wood[/i:2mrrn8tb] by Robert Holdstock; the concept alone is original and fantastic. The characters are believable, and the story flows well. In my humblest of opinions, one of the greatest and most underappreciated books ever written. Strangely enough, I didn't care too much for his other works. view post

posted 10 Jan 2007, 08:01 in Literature DiscussionOk so I feel like ive read every good author in existence. by Zarathinius, Auditor

Steven Brust. Quirky sense of humor, that guy has. view post

posted 25 Mar 2007, 03:03 in Off-Topic DiscussionEragon by Zarathinius, Auditor

One of the critic's reviews said "Lord help us, there's going to be a director's cut, isn't there?" I think I kinda-sorta liked them at the time because it sounded like something [i:14dabj7f]I[/i:14dabj7f] might have written, being a young'un. The nagging feeling of "that idea came from a different story" persisted pretty much from cover to cover, though. I might not have minded if he took his ideas from more obscure sources, that way I mightn't have noticed. In addition to names and plot devices being either stolen or lame creations, the very beginning of the book is yawn-inducing, with some babble about the bad guy shooting "energy bolts" out of his palm or some such nonsense. Not bolts of fire, nor flashes of red light, but "red energy bolts." *snore* view post

posted 25 Mar 2007, 03:03 in Off-Topic DiscussionYour First Time by Zarathinius, Auditor

I was always a reader, but I was fixated on nerdy science stuff for the first several years of my life. I didn't move to fantasy until... shucks, was it [i:3dt3c2bj]Harry Potter[/i:3dt3c2bj] or [i:3dt3c2bj]The Hobbit[/i:3dt3c2bj]? One of those two. edit: Actually, now that I've thought about it, the book that really drew me in and fascinated me was [i:3dt3c2bj]Mythago Wood[/i:3dt3c2bj]. I still use the term [i:3dt3c2bj]mythago[/i:3dt3c2bj] to describe certain things. view post

posted 25 Mar 2007, 03:03 in ReviewsHelll Ya!!!!! by Zarathinius, Auditor

Join the club. We've seen the light, and it is one helluva bright light. If the PON's brilliant ending were compared to a light bulb, then it would be a 500 billion-watt light bulb. Honestly Scott, what a way to force us to buy the sequel. view post

Re: tried to posted 25 Mar 2007, 04:03 in Literature DiscussionOk so I feel like ive read every good author in existence. by Zarathinius, Auditor

[quote="dillinisgood":24ewxuh2]I've always heard that The Black Company novels are really good.[/quote:24ewxuh2] Yeah, those are a good read. My dad tells me Glen Cook's other works aren't quite as great, though. Patricia A. McKillip, I liked her [i:24ewxuh2]Riddle-Master Trilogy[/i:24ewxuh2] very much. I'll mention Steven Brust again, because I've read more of his books since the last time I posted. Robert Holdstock's [i:24ewxuh2]Mythago Wood[/i:24ewxuh2] is one of my absolute favorites. So, dillinisgood: Cook, McKillip, Brust, and Holdstock. Four more authors to add to your repertoire. view post

posted 29 Mar 2007, 07:03 in Philosophy DiscussionLife and Death by Zarathinius, Auditor

Isn't it wonderful how grand, esoteric subjects like the will to live tend to morph into other esoteric topics? Thus far, off the top of my head, this thread has discussed left-handedness, evolution, atheism, religion, spirituality, the distinction between scientific fact and theory, and any number of little smart-people natterings in between. Why we want to live is such a broad question, and the scientific explanation leaves so much to be desired. We make up for our own frustrating inability to understand ourselves with religion, science, philosophy, and roundabout discussions of all three. In this manner, we humans are able to live with the fact that certain things simply slip our understanding. view post

posted 21 May 2007, 06:05 in Philosophy Discussionthe bible is the solution by Zarathinius, Auditor

Yes, yes, the Bible has the answers... the Torah I am fairly sure has most of them, although I'm sure a few might be found in the New Testament. I'm better acquainted with the Torah and Kabbala, however (not [i:2j88gmz0]well[/i:2j88gmz0] acquainted, but better). So does Shaolin Buddhism; some of the answers are there as well. I'm sure a yogi would tell you that there are answers in Hinduism also. Even the [i:2j88gmz0]Principia Discordia[/i:2j88gmz0] and other works of the same nature contain answers, although their focus tends to be on helping us find the answers for ourselves. The answers are everywhere, Aerek urs Sjaarda. Don't look for them in just one place. Even an atheist can find them; the whole process is more about personal choice than specific paths. But then, I'm speaking in vague generalities. Oh well. view post

posted 21 May 2007, 06:05 in Philosophy DiscussionWho will be President in 2008 by Zarathinius, Auditor

I think that Mike Gravel character should get more attention. At least he sounds presidential. Stupid media and their inattentiveness towards second-tier candidates. *grumble* view post

posted 30 May 2007, 07:05 in Off-Topic DiscussionOther forums frequented by Zarathinius, Auditor

[url:3n7wkvo3][/url:3n7wkvo3] is a relatively new forum. We've even kinda sorta started our own wiki. Love to see some new members there... </whoring> view post

posted 06 Jun 2007, 07:06 in Philosophy DiscussionThe idea of global beauty by Zarathinius, Auditor

I think those who referenced Pythagoras and nature were both correct. There exists a concept called "Sacred" or "Golden" Geometry, the idea that there are certain proportions that are inherently perfect or ideal (please, no tangent arguments about the use of the word "perfect"). Specifically, the Golden Ratio (known by way too many pretentious names), approximately 1 : 1.618, is believed by some to be the most visually appealing proportion for just about anything, and indeed variations of it can be found in nature. It is my belief that the garish colors that characterized the 1970's are considered distasteful today specifically because they were so unnatural. And who doesn't feel a little bit depressed when they see row upon row of suburban houses all painted the same color and to the same building plan, as they so often are? Housing that is built in one fell swoop does not reflect the natural growth of human communities that can be seen in old neighborhoods. So the concept of global beauty is more about familiarity than an inherent aesthetic sensibility. This is my personal, barely researched, and off-the-cuff opinion. Feel free to critique it until it screams for mercy. For that matter, feel free to disregard it completely. view post

Discordianism posted 06 Jun 2007, 07:06 in Literature DiscussionDiscordianism by Zarathinius, Auditor

I'm not sure if it's proper to call it "literature", but has anyone read the [i:3keo45c3]Principia Discordia[/i:3keo45c3]? Or its sequel, the [i:3keo45c3]Apocrypha Discordia[/i:3keo45c3]? They're both available as free e-books on the internet. view post

posted 12 Jun 2007, 20:06 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat is going on in Iraq? by Zarathinius, Auditor

The US has to fight because we got suckered into believing that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (a false claim, made to call up ghosts from the Cold War between the US and Soviet Russia) and connections to Al Queda (also a false claim, made to take advantage of American ignorance of the Middle East). Also, the US rejected UN offers of help early on, preferring to throw its big fat American weight around and do things without international strings attached. Now we've failed in Iraq, the Taliban is returning to Afghanistan, and we wonder why the rest of the world sees the USA as a country of ignorant pissants lead by an asshat president. No one else wants to get dragged into the quagmire, and our few remaining friends are mostly interested in making money. Also also, the Iraq war has put the USA trillions of dollars into debt. Most countries barely have a fraction of that much economic clout. After WWII the USA enjoyed an economic boom because it had been its own war machine with its own wartime economy, but now we rely on international trade partners (and by that I mean "China") for everything from steel to socks. Also also also, many European countries have a much higher percentage of Muslims in their population, and they tend to be more radical than American Muslims. You remember the riots in France not too long ago? Imagine that happening on a much larger scale throughout Europe. They aren't foolish enough to create that kind of turmoil inside their own borders. I'm sure I forgot a few, but those should be enough to depress you for a while. Would our friends from countries other than America please provide more depressing information? view post

posted 13 Jun 2007, 09:06 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat is going on in Iraq? by Zarathinius, Auditor

[quote="Randal":1jhrrftx]As for why Bush attacked... I never did understand. At the time, I believed they had WMDs, but I thought that wasn't a sensible reason to attack either. Of course, I never bought the Al-Queda connection, and neither did anybody else in Europe that I know. Now, I just don't know. Pride? A belief they could easily reform the Middle East and avert a long-term threat to the US? Those seem most likely to me. [/quote:1jhrrftx] Pride, certainly. Mixed with equal parts ignorance and a belief in "magical" solutions (topple Saddam, Iraqis greet us as liberators, Middle East becomes stable, yay! Oops). Add in some Islamophobia and political lobbyists, and you've got a nice recipe for something truly dreadful. view post

posted 13 Jun 2007, 20:06 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat is going on in Iraq? by Zarathinius, Auditor

Carrying on with what Randal said, the French public probably wouldn't approve of military action in Iraq. To them, it might look suspiciously like their government was fighting a war for the United States and justifying it by twisting anti-terrorism ideals out of shape. Everyone agrees that terrorism is a bad thing. But when our governments use terrorism to frighten (terrorize) us into accepting foolish policies, we're playing right into their hands. Imagine that: Western civilization destroyed, just the way they wanted it, but from the inside through fear and confusion (literally, terror) rather than from the outside with bombs. Sorry, I've gone rambling off onto a tangent. view post

posted 14 Jun 2007, 19:06 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat is going on in Iraq? by Zarathinius, Auditor

Ha! A guest on [i:ovgzft1o]The Colbert Report[/i:ovgzft1o] was saying almost the exact same thing. "War on Drugs", "War on Poverty", "War on Terror", what do they all have in common? That's right, they all fail. People forget that wars almost never end up the way either side intended. view post

posted 16 Jun 2007, 19:06 in Literature DiscussionParadise Lost by Zarathinius, Auditor

Never read it... but I did see a copy of it in the library once. It was way in the back, where all the old books nobody looks at are semi-hidden, and it was a small red leather-bound copy no bigger than my hand. The hard cover was slightly warped, but other than that it was in good condition. When I opened it, somebody had written on the blank piece of paper that comes before the title page; it had been a Christmas present someone gave to their father in something like 1873. I was tempted to ask if I could keep it... THEN I found out much later that [i:vveh9hoc]Paradise Lost[/i:vveh9hoc] is a famous prose-poem everybody but me knew about. But none of them had seen that particular copy. view post

posted 17 Jul 2007, 21:07 in General DiscusssionWhat if Kellhus was one of us? by Zarathinius, Auditor

Probably... he would find that in our modern world the most powerful people are not necessarily the most famous. He might use his mental abilities to become a technology wizard or a business giant (or both). Or maybe he'd become something more like Jason Bourne (I only saw the second movie, the [i:fd0vempn]Bourne Supremacy[/i:fd0vempn], but I still thought it was awesome). Undoubtedly though, the Secret Global Conspiracy® would try to draft him. view post

posted 17 Jul 2007, 22:07 in Philosophy Discussion&quot;Have you ever met someone who is smarter than you?&quo by Zarathinius, Auditor

I would put forth that some people who answer "no" to this question don't spend much time talking to other people. It takes time to accurately gauge how intelligent someone is compared to oneself. Or, perhaps the problem is that they do talk, and never listen. It might also be possible that more egotistical intellectuals simply annoy everyone around them, and annoyed people rarely display glittering intellect. I've occasionally met people who [i:1arxrvh5]thought[/i:1arxrvh5] they were smarter than me, and I've found myself responding with nods and "yeah"s. view post

posted 17 Jul 2007, 22:07 in Philosophy DiscussionOK Creation - but why? by Zarathinius, Auditor

Some believe that a Creator is necessary, because nothing comes from nothing (i.e., the universe couldn't simply pop into existence). Thermodynamics and all that jazz. However, in the absence of an extant universe, do universal laws still exist? By "absence", I mean less than empty space, less than even the absence of matter and energy. Here is a little parable I read somewhere that describes what I mean quite beautifully: [i:1oduath2]"Before the universe was formed, Something and Nothing decided to flip a coin to see which one of them would be the one to fill the void. But in order for a coin to be flipped, Something (namely, the coin) had to exist. Therefore, we are here today because Something is a dirty cheater."[/i:1oduath2] In my own words, the universe came into being because there was nothing to stop it doing so. Now that it exists, the laws of physics exist as part of it, and things like spontaneous creation just don't happen anymore, so long as it exists. I present all of the above as evidence that God is a crazy woman. view post

posted 20 Jul 2007, 15:07 in Author Q &amp; AIs Kelhus a criticism of Jesus/religion? by Zarathinius, Auditor

I personally like to think that the PoN is simply different, an alternate universe that isn't colored by any underlying themes (any more so than our real world is). Things in the Three Seas simply happen, for better or for worse, just like in the real world. But then again, I never got on very well with most of my English teachers. Finding "the moral of the story" has always been a rather low priority for me :) view post

posted 25 Jul 2007, 02:07 in General DiscusssionWhat if Kellhus was one of us? by Zarathinius, Auditor

[quote="anor277":3scw9qlh]I can see that this forum is full of a lot of heretics who would deny Paris Hilton's manifest divinity.[/quote:3scw9qlh] I too find the people of this forum to be very intelligent and perceptive individuals. view post

posted 18 Aug 2007, 19:08 in Literature DiscussionHarry Potter (don't hurt me) by Zarathinius, Auditor

Also a 9+ from me. Loose ends were wrapped up, although I agree with Curethan that some of the action scenes made my head spin a little bit. And, to finish it off, a satisfying epilogue to silence all those dirty fanfics out there on the interwebs. view post

posted 26 Sep 2007, 18:09 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat happens when your soul leaves your body? by Zarathinius, Auditor

I voted for "cease to be," but I know that the Kabbala refers to the highest, most distant part of the divine as Keter (Crown), and this part also symbolizes nothingess. For creation (of the universe in general, that is) to occur, there must be a void for it to fill, yes? Ceasing to be, then, is equivalent to reunification with the Godhead. view post

posted 03 Oct 2007, 05:10 in Philosophy DiscussionAre depressed people more realistic? by Zarathinius, Auditor

They're still seeing things from a skewed perspective. Depressed people tend to view things from a morose point of view, which is not necessarily any more 'real' than how non-depressed people see things. Grumpy, pessimistic people like to claim that they're just being realistic. However, they're still irritating to be around and never accomplish anything. Hence, the realism of one's outlook may not really matter if one's outlook makes one apathetic. Also, "reality" is ridiculously subjective; I think we've probably got a fair few threads on that topic alone. :wink: view post

posted 04 Nov 2007, 20:11 in Philosophy DiscussionAre depressed people more realistic? by Zarathinius, Auditor

[quote="Jamara":2ah4i96h]Wow, you nailed me on the head. "Grumpy, pessimistic people like to claim that they're just being realistic." Yep, that's me. But that doesn't make me apathetic. I try to see all possible outcomes and plan for the most likely. It is just my perspective that the less happy outcomes tend to be the more frequent outcomes. And if I am always planning for the worst yet hoping for the best, then I can never really be broadsided by harsh reality.[/quote:2ah4i96h] But that's not being 'depressed.' It's not depression unless your overweening realism reduces you to a flabby lump of human flesh that refuses to do anything because "it's just not worth trying." view post

posted 09 Mar 2008, 20:03 in Literature DiscussionDiscordianism by Zarathinius, Auditor Read, and ye shall be enlightened. Whether you like it or not. view post

posted 09 Mar 2008, 20:03 in Author Q &amp; AGnosis vs. Anagogis, and sorcery in general by Zarathinius, Auditor

Sorry to jump in like this, but I imagine that the difference between the Anagogis and the Gnosis is comparable to the difference between nitroglycerin and a nuclear reaction. They both go BOOM, but the former is a harnessing of naturally existing chemical reactions, while the latter uses a deeper understanding of the nature of matter to release a purer (and ultimately more powerful) form of energy. view post

posted 09 Mar 2008, 20:03 in The Warrior ProphetLogos is theft by Zarathinius, Auditor

[quote="Mandati Wannabe":2bqfjxql][quote="Nerdanel":2bqfjxql] The self-moving soul means essentially solipsistic insanity, which is not a positive trait in the real world.[/quote:2bqfjxql] I disagree, I think it means you would be completely in control of yourself. It doesn't necessarily means you close yourself off to anything outside of yourself, merely that you actually THINK of what you are doing, and more importantly, [i:2bqfjxql]why[/i:2bqfjxql], before you do it. The idea of the Dunyain, from my perspective, is that humans are [i:2bqfjxql]capable[/i:2bqfjxql] of free will, but that what most people view as their own free will is a total illusion. How can you truly call it your own "free will" when you are merely responding, as you have been conditioned to, to events outside your control? Every one of the people who follow him do so willingly. He doesn't force anyone to do so.[/quote:2bqfjxql] You've taken the words right out of my mouth. :D view post


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