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Taliesin Peralogue | joined 08 July 2004 | 72 posts


The problem of evil posted 21 July 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionThe problem of evil by Taliesin, Peralogue

Yeah, it was hard not to get annoyed in philosophy class last semester, because there never really are any answers.... But I guess it's the thinking that really matters, not that anything definitive comes out of it. view post


The problem of evil posted 21 July 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionThe problem of evil by Taliesin, Peralogue

Quite true, Grantaire - I didn't mean to imply that nothing comes out of philosophy, because that is definitely not true, by any means. I just meant that, in and of itself, there are never any concrete answers in philosophy.... Of course, that's probably too bold a statement, as some aspects of philosophy are more quantifiable than others. And, I guess it's also the fact that there aren't easy answers, and things can be discussed to death and still leave room for more discussion, that makes it all so fun. view post


So, what are you all doing with your summers? posted 22 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionSo, what are you all doing with your summers? by Taliesin, Peralogue

I don't want to be working, but I should be <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> view post


So, what are you all doing with your summers? posted 22 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionSo, what are you all doing with your summers? by Taliesin, Peralogue

I've been plenty busy the last two months, so I am glad now to be able to mostly relax for the last month of my break.... view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 22 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Taliesin, Peralogue

Rock view post


Now Reading... posted 24 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Taliesin, Peralogue

Just finished Gardens of the Moon, at last. Have to say, wow.... I now have the next three on order, and am going to read Camus's The Stranger before finally getting into The Darkness that Comes Before. view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 25 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Taliesin, Peralogue

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Ilium posted 26 July 2004 in Literature DiscussionIlium by Taliesin, Peralogue

Yes, yes, read them all <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->

Excellent books, and I love all the literary allusions. I'm looking forward to Olympos being released, and sometime I want to reread the whole Hyperion series.... view post


Ilium posted 26 July 2004 in Literature DiscussionIlium by Taliesin, Peralogue

They're maybe not quite as good as Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion, but still a really good story in their own right, and they do eventually bring some more closure to the original story, after telling an entirely different (though related) one. So basically, if you think you'd be interested, by all means read them as they are quite good, but you also might end up wishing you hadn't read them, as they change some perceptions of the earlier stories. view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 26 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Taliesin, Peralogue

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Ilium posted 26 July 2004 in Literature DiscussionIlium by Taliesin, Peralogue

Grantaire - maybe because he knew he could make more money? <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) --> Or, he just had another story he wanted to tell, and I really did think it was a great story. view post


Gay marriage: for or against its legalization in the US? posted 29 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionGay marriage: for or against its legalization in the US? by Taliesin, Peralogue

I'm for it, for pretty much the reasons already stated. And, as far as the perceived threat to traditional marriage, no gay person actually wants to undermine marriage's place in our society, but rather to legitimate their own status as a part of society... or something like that. view post


Can we really tell history &quot;as it was&quot;? posted 29 July 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionCan we really tell history &quot;as it was&quot;? by Taliesin, Peralogue

Interesting.... Seems to me that we can never have a literal history of exactly what happened. For any one event, each person's account would vary to one degree or another, based on their own biases and what seems to be important to them. Beyond that, history is written by historians, whose objectivity must always be questioned to some extent.

But, even if we could videotape or otherwise document all the significant events that occurred in the world, there's more to it than just seeing what actually happened, and there's no way to get inside the minds of the individuals making history and see what their actual motivations were, which will likely be different from what they say they were.

I think it's believeable to say that we can achieve a good summarization of the events that make up history, but not to expect to understand what it was like for people to actually experience any of these events. Not that there's anything wrong in trying, so long as we recognize that these attempts are inevitably colored by our own perception of our world, and by our perception of what their world was like.

And, that's enough rambling about things I don't really know enough about <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> view post


Terry Goodkind engages in rape fantasy? posted 02 August 2004 in Literature DiscussionTerry Goodkind engages in rape fantasy? by Taliesin, Peralogue

Yeah, can't have any of that toleration business.... and, understand others? They're obviously wrong, so why bother understanding?

If only the world could be so simple for us all <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> view post


Now Reading... posted 03 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Taliesin, Peralogue

Cool, Steve - those are the two I just read. Now, I'm reading Deadhouse Gates view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 04 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Taliesin, Peralogue

rape <!-- s:shock: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_eek.gif" alt=":shock:" title="Shocked" /><!-- s:shock: --> view post


Now Reading... posted 04 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Taliesin, Peralogue

Ooh, I need to pick up The Light Ages sometime - that one looks really good. If only I didn't have to go back to school, so I could spend all my time reading all these books I want to read... except that I am also so pumped up for everything I'm studying this year..... view post


Best character posted 04 August 2004 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by Taliesin, Peralogue

Hard question.... I think Achamian was my favorite, at least in terms of likability, but they were all so well-written. Inrau was great, but then he was gone.... I also really enjoyed the Emperor. view post


Now Reading... posted 04 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Taliesin, Peralogue

Jerk! <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: -->

Once I get out of college, I need to work on my aunt's plan - finding a patron who'll pay for me to spend my time reading books. Seems you've already done that, in a way, Larry!

Ah well, I make time when I can, basically by sleeping too little. view post


Now Reading... posted 12 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Taliesin, Peralogue

I'm planning to finish up Erikson's House of Chains in the next couple hours (late night, like usual) and then most likely move on to Midnight Tides which just arrived today (in the nick of time <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> ) thanks to Clarkesworld Books. Who knows what I'll read when I finish up this Erikson marathon... I have plenty awaiting me, but very little summer left, unfortunately. view post


Why read fantasy? posted 12 August 2004 in Literature DiscussionWhy read fantasy? by Taliesin, Peralogue

Hmm.... hard to remember what all got me into reading fantasy. My mom used to read the Narnia books to me and my brothers at night, and I was given The Hobbit as a gift a long time ago. Basically, the combination of what my mom read to us, and other books that she had and I in turn read, plus various books that were given to me by family. And then in junior high, I discovered the Star Wars books in the school library, and really got into reading those, before eventually branching out into a lot more, partly due to a certain friend who loaned me a good many books, such as Ender's Game and The Eye of the World. In other words, I don't really know where to say my interest started, but there were many diverse influenced upon it. view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 12 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Taliesin, Peralogue

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First Word that Comes to Mind posted 13 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Taliesin, Peralogue

Milk view post


Olympics... posted 17 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionOlympics... by Taliesin, Peralogue

I like to watch pretty much whatever they put on, though I enjoy watching some of the sports more than others. But, the athletes are all so amazing that it's all great to watch. I watched some gymnastics, volleyball, and swimming today, just because those were what happened to be on while I was watching. view post


Reveiw of The Last Kingdom - Bernard Cornwell posted 17 August 2004 in ReviewsReveiw of The Last Kingdom - Bernard Cornwell by Taliesin, Peralogue

Oh wow, I'll have to read this once it finally comes it.... view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 17 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Taliesin, Peralogue

Charlotte view post


Gay marriage: for or against its legalization in the US? posted 18 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionGay marriage: for or against its legalization in the US? by Taliesin, Peralogue

Actually, the box turtle remark was apparently in his written remarks as given to the press ahead of time, but he decided it was inappropriate and didn't include it in the actual speech. Here it is, though:

"It does not affect your daily life very much if your neighbor marries a box turtle. But that does not mean it is right. . . . Now you must raise your children up in a world where that union of man and box turtle is on the same legal footing as man and wife."

-- Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), advocating a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in a speech Thursday to the Heritage Foundation. view post


Gay marriage: for or against its legalization in the US? posted 18 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionGay marriage: for or against its legalization in the US? by Taliesin, Peralogue

Hey, I didn't vote for him! <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 18 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Taliesin, Peralogue

baseball view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 19 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Taliesin, Peralogue

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