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posted 26 Aug 2004, 00:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionHow would you describe yourself? by AjDeath, Didact

Huge, frigging cynic. :P Music is my life, couldn't do without it. This should tell you that I can be unreasonable and irrational. Liberal in the Funk and Wagnall sense. Reading/writing is where my head is at, always. I delight in the absurd. Nothing is too raunchy or off the wall for my sense of humor. And foremost, I see myself as openminded. view post


posted 26 Aug 2004, 00:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Dew Scented-Acts Of Rage view post


posted 26 Aug 2004, 00:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by AjDeath, Didact

Now reading Book three of the Otori Trilogy, Brilliance of the Moon by Lian Hearn. He is a damn fine writer, very concise and at times very poetic. view post


posted 28 Aug 2004, 03:08 in Philosophy DiscussionIs the idea of a "god" inherent in our minds? by AjDeath, Didact

I do not see that our minds are predisposed to believe in a God. I see society needing a way to explain accepted folkways and mores. Stories and parables are the easiest way to achieve this. When we tell them to our children, which is a natural thing to do, our children grow up believing at least some of these lessons at face value. Mans incessant need to explain his suroundings and why we are here I believe stem from our fear of the unknown, meaning death. In my opinion, our belief in God has more to do with our inability to cope with our own mortality and our pride. view post


posted 28 Aug 2004, 03:08 in Philosophy DiscussionThe value of a life by AjDeath, Didact

I do not remember where I got this statistic (will look it up) but I remember reading that one corporation that had to pay for wrongfull death suites judged each human life to be worth one million dollars a piece. A fair price for life? Not in my opinion. Killing people does not solve anything, it is an easy way to avoid our (society's) responsibility in the development of the criminal human being. It ends the result, not the cause. view post


posted 29 Aug 2004, 16:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by AjDeath, Didact

Lover view post


posted 29 Aug 2004, 16:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionQuotes by AjDeath, Didact

"Love is a promise delivered already broken."-Steve Martin This might be the closest thing to the "truth" I have ever heard. view post


posted 29 Aug 2004, 21:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Bloodbath-Outnumbering The Day view post


posted 31 Aug 2004, 00:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by AjDeath, Didact

Insect view post


posted 02 Sep 2004, 01:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionMindless Amusement: Type your Username with your elbows by AjDeath, Didact

AzLKSDXWSartfggf Wow, that is not even in the right ballpark. view post


posted 02 Sep 2004, 01:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionMisheard lyrics by AjDeath, Didact

CCR, there's a bathroom on the right. view post


posted 02 Sep 2004, 01:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by AjDeath, Didact

Since I have heard so much about it, I am now reading Gardens of the Moon. view post


posted 02 Sep 2004, 22:09 in Literature DiscussionTerry Goodkind engages in rape fantasy? by AjDeath, Didact

I enjoyed his works up to and including Faith Of The Fallen. The last two books were just too much for me, it seems that nothing is really happening in them, if you know what I mean. view post


posted 02 Sep 2004, 22:09 in Literature DiscussionAnyone read American Gods, by Neil Gaiman? by AjDeath, Didact

I thought this book was great. It was also a bit wierd, which I like. Neverwhere was damn interesting too. view post


posted 03 Sep 2004, 00:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by AjDeath, Didact

Italy view post


posted 03 Sep 2004, 00:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by AjDeath, Didact

Forum view post


posted 03 Sep 2004, 16:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by AjDeath, Didact

Slide view post


posted 03 Sep 2004, 16:09 in Literature Discussionsarah ash by AjDeath, Didact

I enjoyed the first one and I am wiating for the second to show up around here. view post


posted 03 Sep 2004, 16:09 in Literature Discussiondark tower? by AjDeath, Didact

I got about midway through Wizard and Glasss and lost interest, is it worth it to slog through it? view post


Prince Of Ayodhya posted 03 Sep 2004, 17:09 in Literature DiscussionPrince Of Ayodhya by AjDeath, Didact

Anyone else read any of of Ashok K. Banker's Ramayana? I have only read the first and found it thoroughly enjoyable. I am still waiting for the rest to be released in the U.S. I frigging hate these damnable U.S. publishers, any non-American literature is always about five years behind. FRUSTRATION! view post


posted 03 Sep 2004, 17:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

I am currently listening to Opeth, The Twilight Is My Robe, from Orchid. Anyone who has not heard this band, I don't care if you do not listen to metal, must prchase an Opeth album, anyone with a brain will find it enjoyable. view post


posted 03 Sep 2004, 17:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionSex by AjDeath, Didact

27 males???? view post


posted 03 Sep 2004, 21:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by AjDeath, Didact

pick view post


posted 04 Sep 2004, 01:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by AjDeath, Didact

Loomis (guitar player that is amazing) view post


posted 04 Sep 2004, 04:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionGay marriage: for or against its legalization in the US? by AjDeath, Didact

Gotta love The Heritage foundation, pshh. My take on this is that I will treat everyone how I wish to be treated myself. I do not want people telling me what to believe, how I should live etc. So, I will not tell anyone else how to live. Even though I myself cannot see why they are what they are, I realize that they are human beings and deserve every right that we have made up for ourselves. As long as nobody murders and such(insert morally unexceptable crime here), people should generally do what they want. But I am an optimist... :roll: :P view post


posted 04 Sep 2004, 04:09 in Literature Discussiondark tower? by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Epitaphs":343jebxk] I can understand being frustrated by the lack of forward progress towards the Tower. Is that it, though? Too much romance?[/quote:343jebxk] No, no. It just seems the whole thing got bogged down. I am 187 pages in to the book and it just hasn't clicked yet. As a rule, I allow 200 pages a book for it to really get my attention, less than twenty to go with this one. I am just wondering if it is really worth it to keep at it, I bought all the books when I started the series, I really enjoyed the first three, but at this point in the whole story I can not see myself reading these books. view post


posted 05 Sep 2004, 06:09 in Philosophy DiscussionBattleground God by AjDeath, Didact

You have been awarded the TPM medal of distinction! This is our second highest award for outstanding service on the intellectual battleground. The fact that you progressed through this activity being hit only once and biting no bullets suggests that your beliefs about God are well thought out and almost entirely internally consistent. The direct hit you suffered occurred because one set of your answers implied a logical contradiction. At the bottom of this page, we have reproduced the analysis of your direct hit. You would have bitten bullets had you responded in ways that required that you held views that most people would have found strange, incredible or unpalatable. However, this did not occur which means that despite the direct hit you qualify for our second highest award. A good achievement! Direct Hit 1 You answered "True" to Question 7 and "False" to Question 15. These answers generated the following response: You've just taken a direct hit! Earlier you said that it is justifiable to base one's beliefs about the external world on a firm, inner conviction, regardless of the external evidence, or lack of it, for the truth or falsity of this conviction. But now you do not accept that the rapist Peter Sutcliffe was justified in doing just that. The example of the rapist has exposed that you do not in fact agree that any belief is justified just because one is convinced of its truth. So you need to revise your opinion here. The intellectual sniper has scored a bull's-eye! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- They got me here /\ I am not going to say a rapist was right (at least in his "world")Because he Thought that God wanted him to do these things. My world is based on perceptions, but definitely not this much relativity. view post


posted 05 Sep 2004, 15:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Orion_metalhead":qp6s2ixh][quote="AjDeath":qp6s2ixh]I am currently listening to Opeth, The Twilight Is My Robe, from Orchid. Anyone who has not heard this band, I don't care if you do not listen to metal, must prchase an Opeth album, anyone with a brain will find it enjoyable.[/quote:qp6s2ixh] for those who havent heard them i would start with Damnation and Morningrise. both give a great feel as to what the band is capable of and, in my opinion, they can do just about anything. Damnation is really mellow and Morningrise is a combination of the Heavy and the Mellow blended into what can be considered an artform. Advent (off Morningrise) and Death Whispered a Lullaby (off Damnation) are two of the greatest songs ive ever heard. and ive heard many.[/quote:qp6s2ixh]I Concur. These guys write some very beautiful music. i do know that many bands are now copying this style, but Opeth remains totally unique. NP-Iniquity-The Bullets Breath view post


posted 05 Sep 2004, 15:09 in Off-Topic Discussionreading by AjDeath, Didact

J.V. Jones new books are among my favs. They really put to shame her earlier material. Sorry, but it is true. :( view post


posted 05 Sep 2004, 17:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Meshuggah-I 22 minutes of schizophrenic goodness. And a huge step ahead of Nothing. (Sorry if that means zilch to you guys. This band is great.) view post


posted 06 Sep 2004, 21:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat other sites are you active on? by AjDeath, Didact

Ultimatemetal.com This is my home away from home. I beleive it is one of the largest on-line communities in the world. But, if this place was more hopping, I would be here all the time. view post


posted 06 Sep 2004, 21:09 in Literature DiscussionWhat subgroup of speculative fiction do you prefer? by AjDeath, Didact

Is gritty fantasy a sub-group? Becuase that is what I enjoy the most. view post


posted 07 Sep 2004, 00:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by AjDeath, Didact

Duder view post


posted 07 Sep 2004, 01:09 in Literature DiscussionWhat subgroup of speculative fiction do you prefer? by AjDeath, Didact

Never read Mieville, but reading some of the threads here, I certainly should. Could you suggest something for me to read by this author, also what kind of story(s) does this author write? I have very specific tastes now. The cut and dry, kid, prophecy, triumph, king, story has pretty much played it out. I think David B. Coe, Bakker, Keyes, G.R.R. Martin, Erikson and Neal Stephenson(not really fantasy) have pretty much ruined the fantasy genre for me. I have hundreds and hundreds of books of all kinds (mostly fantasy), but some authors seem to be writing the same story over and over (David Drake) and some have become or are very cliche fantasy writers. I need more realism [i:2fe4632i]or[/i:2fe4632i] very wierd fantasy. If you can beleive it or not, I have run out of fantasy to read. I am at the point where I am waiting for new books to come out from my favorite authors. It is driving me insane. :lol: view post


posted 07 Sep 2004, 01:09 in Philosophy DiscussionIs the idea of a "god" inherent in our minds? by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Cu'jara Cinmoi":sir4s5f1][quote:sir4s5f1]I do not see that our minds are predisposed to believe in a God.[/quote:sir4s5f1] It's not that we're predisposed to believe in God, it's that we're predisposed to comprehend the world in intentional (purposive and normative) terms. This is just a fancy way to say that we're hardwired to ascribe objective [i:sir4s5f1]agency[/i:sir4s5f1] to the world - to think things happen for [i:sir4s5f1]reasons[/i:sir4s5f1].[/quote:sir4s5f1]I know this will sound slightly off in the head. But I really do not believe that anything happens for a reason. I do not believe in a past nor a future. I beleive all that happens is right now (really hard to explain sorry). For instance, right now I am typing this, but I could just as well bash my head through my monitor, or I could jump out my window. What I am trying to say is that I recognize all the junk put into me and I see the place society has made for me and I disregard it, I and everyone else can do anything if so inclined, though the man made boundaries of society may prove difficult to surpass. Well, I will agree that some things are so ingrained in our minds that to route them out would be nearly impossible. Ahh, to be normal would be nice. I am just a twenty-two year old hippie that listens to death metal, who believes that conciousness is the soul, and thinks that time does not exist. Some call me crazy. (/really crazy, maybe not on topic rant) view post


posted 07 Sep 2004, 23:09 in Philosophy DiscussionIs the idea of a "god" inherent in our minds? by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Grantaire":8quh5cio]I believe things do happen for a reason. Know the exact configuration of the universe at any one instant of time, and you can calculate its exact state at any other time. Needless to say, quite impossible for us to do, but scientific determinism is the point. Other than quantum effects (which perhaps may have rules governing them, even if we can't discern them yet), science makes particles and forces follow certain rules, that allow us to predict cause and effect. The exact state of the universe is the result of every motion of an atom, every exchange of forces, etc for all time.[/quote:8quh5cio] What I would have to say to all of that is, well, science is not the be all, end all of humanity. To me all science is human words formed by observations, more precisley, useless. How the hell do we know that everything is based on atomic structure/particles? We don't, it is just our latest observation and humanity's infinite pride demands that these facts(which is all just really conjecture) as truth (laws and so forth). How can humanity determine the color blue? Really it could be anything. view post


posted 07 Sep 2004, 23:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Sting-Seven Days view post


posted 08 Sep 2004, 01:09 in Philosophy DiscussionIs the idea of a "god" inherent in our minds? by AjDeath, Didact

Obviously there are many uses for these observations, I was being a tw@t. :oops: :o I just do not like how science and all of it's relevant studies has become the new "God" of our time. Since when has man become infallible? What I mean about science though is this, how can we ever really be sure of what we beleive (in) to be the truth? A lot of medication hurts rather than cures. Also, I never said that I rejected atomic theory, I am saying that it is exactly what you called it, the latest theory in a long succesion of theories. Of course we have put this theory to a test (sort of) and killed a whole lot of people with it. yea. I do not reject science, I reject humanity's total faith in it. view post


posted 08 Sep 2004, 22:09 in Philosophy DiscussionIs the idea of a "god" inherent in our minds? by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Cu'jara Cinmoi":2ofxqsuk]Total faith in science is actually [i:2ofxqsuk]very[/i:2ofxqsuk] unscientific, which is what, ironically, has made science - far, far and away - more successful than any other truth-claim generating institution in the history of humanity: it's capacity for self-correction in the light of new evidence. The 'weakness' you refer to AJ, is actually science's greatest strength. Otherwise, it's been my experience that people are far more likely to underestimate than overestimate the power of science. I poll my classes on this question every year, and I'm always dismayed by how skeptical students are of science, and how credible they are of other institutional modes of claim-making.[/quote:2ofxqsuk] I will have to disagree, while I do not totally reject science, in fact I most certainly do not, I see it as mans total immersion in its own importance. Believing that what we [i:2ofxqsuk]think[/i:2ofxqsuk] is truth is not cutting it for me. I do not believe in Darwinism, or creationism. To me they are the two sides of faith. one is total faith, belief that is totally unfounded and therefore the practitioners of this belief use this as their defense. The other believes that they do not beleive in anything at all, which is false. I am not saying science science is wrong. What I am saying is that believing in an evolutional jump, (such as the eye) and the big bang is not a leap of faith? Why would a person think this? To believe these things is to have total faith in humanity's ability to discover the unknowable, and total faith in mankind itself, which I think has been proven disastrous. view post


posted 08 Sep 2004, 22:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by AjDeath, Didact

two view post


posted 08 Sep 2004, 22:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by AjDeath, Didact

Currently reading The C*h*arnel Prince by Greg Keyes and Exception To The Rulers by Amy Goodman. Ooops! :lol: view post


posted 09 Sep 2004, 00:09 in Philosophy DiscussionIs the idea of a "god" inherent in our minds? by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Grantaire":15dono7i]Well Aj, I admit that you do have a point. Humanity doesn't exactly have the best track record when it comes to being rational and learning from history, and other such things. But that doesn't mean that science should just automatically be rejected.[/quote:15dono7i] Whoah, like I said, I do not reject science, just society's inclination to rely on it toatally, and I am not talking about the sciences of technology or medicine, although the most medicine seems to be able to do these days is almost cure hairloss, and give you a 45 hour hard on.[quote="Grantaire":15dono7i] Sure, science can only really explore within the realms of human understanding or perception, but too be honest, isn't that all that's important than? Like the colors, they are the way we see them because it's how we see them. But that's really the relevant thing, because it is the only way we can percieve them. Do you get what I'm saying? I'm not sure how well I'm explaining my thoughts...[/quote:15dono7i] I do, I just think in a way that is totally different. I think that believing that Humanity is the only thing that matters is loosing sight of humanity in it's most important sense ( to me at least), a part of a whole.[quote="Grantaire":15dono7i]Yes, science is imperfect. It cannot tell us some things, such as value or meaning. It makes mistakes sometimes. But it is [i:15dono7i]self-correcting[/i:15dono7i]. When a hypothesis isn't supported by experimental evidence, do we still accept it? To become a widely accepted theory, something has to be supported by evidence.[/quote:15dono7i] Self correcting in it's own, how should I put this, plane of beliefs (really bad way to put this) evidence to support mans view of the world is one thing, but to claim that it is truly how the world exists is laughable. It is also a form of faith. [quote="Grantaire":15dono7i] Now look at something like religion- it doesn't have evidence, but don't people still believe in it (something they attribute to *faith*). Religion isn't self-correcting, and doesn't feel the need to necessarily have evidence. Which would you rather trust?[/quote:15dono7i] As I also said, I do not agree with religion either, I admit to believing in a God, but I tend to try and be the best person I can be without the Indiana Jones Leap Of Faith. An admittance to myself, my belief in a God has been slipping away for a little while now, I really do not know what to believe, it may be nothing. It may be a blend of religion and science, and plain old spirituality. Eh. what are beliefs anyway but grandiose opinions. :wink: view post


posted 10 Sep 2004, 19:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionGay marriage: for or against its legalization in the US? by AjDeath, Didact

@Tellner-Please do not rip out my eyes. view post


posted 10 Sep 2004, 19:09 in Philosophy DiscussionIs the idea of a "god" inherent in our minds? by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Cu'jara Cinmoi":2gxb1tjd][quote:2gxb1tjd]I do not reject science, just society's inclination to rely on it totally[/quote:2gxb1tjd] It's this 'totally' you have to sell me on, AJ. The polls I've seen show the majority of people being deeply skeptical of science. Lots of social institutions making lots of claims all the time, so the question is, Who do you believe? When it comes to generating truth-claims that are reliable, efficacious, parsimonious, comprehensive, fecund, etc., no institution in the history of the human race has even come [i:2gxb1tjd]close[/i:2gxb1tjd] to matching the track record of science. And that is a mundane fact. All truth-claims are not equal - the computer you're reading this on, the fabrics in your clothes, your health, your material comfort, all shout this very same thing.[/quote:2gxb1tjd]I cannot sell you on the "totallity". As both sides of this argument can play semantics till the cows come home. Both sides are guilty of it. Having been a total atheist and a born again christian, I stand in the middle now. I look at both sides and see the same behavior. Hell, science may have it right, but until we can know really know, (which is impossible) it is a beleif system, one that rejects unfounded beliefs, but it is still in the same category, to me at least. The last sentence in your post does point out to me that society does tend to rely on science for just about everything. Which is not bad since it is helpful to humanity.(Also has something of that 'Totally') I guess there is no way to defend this stance because it is my own personal view of where humanity stands, I always admit that I could be wrong and always adjust my beliefs with the information I learn. :wink: view post


posted 12 Sep 2004, 14:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Carnal Forge-Aren't You Dead Yet? view post


posted 12 Sep 2004, 14:09 in Philosophy DiscussionIs the idea of a "god" inherent in our minds? by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Cu'jara Cinmoi":2evedn7k]I agree: it's in the same category as religion insofar as it is a social institution that generates truth-claims. But that's just the beginning isn't it? Sooner or later, the issue always comes down to the question of the [i:2evedn7k]cognitive difference[/i:2evedn7k], or which claims are more reliable, comprehensive, efficacious, and so on. Whenever we walk into a car dealership, the cognitive differences between claims is something we're very keen on, but for some reason, most religious people seem to become less and less concerned the more [i:2evedn7k]important[/i:2evedn7k] the claims become. The question, 'But [i:2evedn7k]how[/i:2evedn7k] do you know?' becomes increasingly difficult to ask (to the point where I feel I need to be exceedingly delicate typing this!). Is this an accurate description? And if so, why do you think this is? And lastly, given that the 'feeling of being right' has no reliable correlation with actually being right (which is why two people can be absolutely convinced - to the point of sacrificing their lives - of two contradictory beliefs), how do you know?[/quote:2evedn7k] This exactly how I look at it. Science and religion have nothing in common beyond the fact that they are both fundamentally belief structures that deal with mans perception of his place in the universe. I do know that any self respecting scientist would say that this isn't true, because they do not go about to answer these questions. But the fact is that science directly effects the perceptions of the people of the world in this area and even effects lifestyles (people that believe that since there is no God, what is the point, etc.). On the people who never question there beliefs. They will at some point, but most choose to ignore outside influence. I know when I was a born again christian I wrote a lot of these questions off as the influence of the Devil, that is how these beliefs remain in perpetuity. The mind set is so defensive and the beliefs so self rationalized with these with these automatic defenses (which are hammered into you by other believers) that when these questions appear they are immediately dismissed. The more I learned about life the more I questioned the purpose of this mindset. It is all about how well you can rationalize. I see the same behavior in Science, obviously not the same extent and obviously not about the material the pursue in their work, but rationalization in their mindset. Like I said before, to me science and religion are the two side of faith(rationalization). The skeptics out there are for the most part, poeple who did not bother to educate themselves further in this area. Science is quite fascinating if you delve into it. I am not an expert and I realize I know jack about science, but the little reading I did was interesting. I would also like to point out that I am not skeptical of science, I am skeptical of everything. This might give you some idea of where I am coming from. :wink: view post


posted 12 Sep 2004, 23:09 in Philosophy DiscussionIs the idea of a "god" inherent in our minds? by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="eowyn1983":f6pdlgd8] This may not be explanatory in nature but it is still beneficial and useful. It is certainly useful to society in keeping order and negatively to the ruling classes as well as it helps to maintain the status quo (the untouchables in India for ex.). [/quote:f6pdlgd8]Some people might disagree with you on this point. I do, but that is irrelevant . [quote="eowyn1983":f6pdlgd8]Having been on a spiritual quest since I was 9 and still hanging in limbo, I'm curious as to how non-spiritual people (right term?) deal with that lack of meaning. If life and the universe is meaningless than what is the point of living and following all of the routines that are set for you? And is that concept of a meaningless universe the same as a belief in a chaotic universe? Or are they different?[/quote:f6pdlgd8]I consider myself to be a spiritual person. In the sense that I try to find the answer for me, within myself. @Mr. Bakker-I am in the same boat as you, as you might have guessed. view post


posted 15 Sep 2004, 00:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Nevermore-Bleeding Neon Black Carnal Forge-Aren't You Dead Yet The Haunted-One Kill Wonder Grave-Back From The Grave Immortal-Sons Of Northern Darkness *random=on view post


posted 15 Sep 2004, 00:09 in Literature DiscussionTerry Goodkind engages in rape fantasy? by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="drosdelnoch":10jjkcqi]I know what you mean, I try every so often to read one of his books but the self styled idioms hidden within just begin to really bore me and it goes back to one side for another time. Will probably finish one of his novels somewhere around 2010[/quote:10jjkcqi] :LOL: I have read some horrible chum in my day. Goodkind may not be the best writer, or not even very enjoyable (at least now0 but I have read way worse. view post


posted 19 Sep 2004, 13:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by AjDeath, Didact

want view post


Bad, bad book. BAAAD. posted 19 Sep 2004, 15:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionBad, bad book. BAAAD. by AjDeath, Didact

Hey all. I was just curious to see the books that you guys wished you had never read. Either they were a waste of your time or were just totally forgettable. Some of these books that I own are the Pendragon Cycle by Stephen R. Lawhead. Really just grey writing and the last two books were just unnesessary. Avalon, the "Post Script" was damn decent, but the rest of the series was just blah. view post


posted 19 Sep 2004, 15:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionAges by AjDeath, Didact

22 and still alive, what a fucking miracle. Seriously. view post


posted 19 Sep 2004, 19:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionBad, bad book. BAAAD. by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Da-krul":2c5x57xg]Only book that I can say I really wish I never read whould have to be crossroads of twilight, the latest WoT book.[/quote:2c5x57xg]Yeah, I agree with you there, I wish RJ would just get it over with. Since I have purchased all of his books (In hardcover no less :? ) I have to see it through, but it doesn't mean I have to enjoy it. :D view post


posted 19 Sep 2004, 19:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by AjDeath, Didact

humanity view post


posted 20 Sep 2004, 22:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by AjDeath, Didact

Joke view post


Re: Wheel of Time Sucks(?) posted 20 Sep 2004, 22:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionBad, bad book. BAAAD. by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Erthaelion":3jhksz9u]Question. I read the first few books in the WoT, the first FIVE actually, and I heard they get considerably worse from there, so I dropped it. Whats everyones biggest problems with the series, from start to finish and with the most recent ones, which seem to get nothing but negative reviews(so I will not be taking the time, seen as how I am already terribly under-read in more important areas right now)?[/quote:3jhksz9u]The problem is that in the last few books nothing really happens, I mean nothing. Mat, Perrin, and Rand, and the girls are in the same damn predicament they were since Path Of Daggers, and nothing is reslly changing in most of these sobplots. As you can imagine, it has essentially gotten very boring. view post


posted 22 Sep 2004, 00:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Carcass-Heartwork view post


posted 24 Sep 2004, 18:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Opeth-Blackwater Park view post


posted 25 Sep 2004, 02:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by AjDeath, Didact

America-The Book, presented by The Daily Show. The System Of The Wolrd by Neal Stephenson Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrel. There is too much on my plate right now and I can't decide between reading these books or finishing the Dark Tower series. :? view post


posted 25 Sep 2004, 14:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by AjDeath, Didact

Sister Mary May I (sp?) view post


posted 25 Sep 2004, 14:09 in Literature DiscussionAny horror fans here? by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Clarkesworld Books":k2889nvo]I like horror, but I've never been able to get into Stephen King. I've always leaned towards authors that were off that path. I've read a lot of Lovecraft and really like authors like Brian Keene, Tim Lebbon, Gary Braunbeck and Douglas Clegg. -Neil[/quote:k2889nvo]Of course, Lovecraft is a must for any fan of literature. view post


posted 26 Sep 2004, 15:09 in Philosophy DiscussionScience disenchanting the world. by AjDeath, Didact

:?: view post


posted 26 Sep 2004, 15:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by AjDeath, Didact

Just picked up two more books, White Wolf and The Swords Of Night And Day by Gemmel. Reading these....now view post


posted 26 Sep 2004, 15:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionQuotes by AjDeath, Didact

"There is nothing like your own shit to make you realize how much you stink." Thomas Aquinas. 'What if everything is an illusion and nothing exists? In that case, I definitely overpaid for my carpet." Woody Allen. view post


posted 29 Sep 2004, 00:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by AjDeath, Didact

Sanz view post


posted 01 Oct 2004, 23:10 in Off-Topic DiscussionBad, bad book. BAAAD. by AjDeath, Didact

The Grand Crusade by Micheal A. Stackpole was a rather horrid way to end his latest trilogy. view post


posted 08 Oct 2004, 22:10 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Suffocation-Despise The Sun view post


posted 21 Oct 2004, 00:10 in Off-Topic DiscussionPolitical Affiliation? by AjDeath, Didact

I consider myself a small "r" republican. :D In the literal sense of the word, I am very liberal, or at least I see myself that way. view post


posted 22 Oct 2004, 23:10 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by AjDeath, Didact

Neal Stephenson-The System Of The World. So far it is even better than the previous two volumes. view post


posted 01 Nov 2004, 22:11 in Off-Topic DiscussionQuotes by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Voland":11h126q2] [i:11h126q2]Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.[/i:11h126q2] The above by Henry Louis Mencken[/quote:11h126q2]He is the man. view post


posted 01 Nov 2004, 22:11 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Orphaned Land-Mabool, The Story Of The Three Sons Of Seven view post


posted 01 Nov 2004, 22:11 in Literature Discussionshadowmarch by AjDeath, Didact

I just bought it, view post


posted 03 Nov 2004, 23:11 in Literature Discussionshadowmarch by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="sunshine":29vi3c40]Is it good? I read the original, unedited version sometime over a year ago and thought it had a lot of promise. My new copy hasn't arrived yet so I'm still waiting and wondering.[/quote:29vi3c40]It is last in line of about twenty books right now. :( I will put my two cents in when I get around to reading it. view post


Re: AMERICAN POLITICS... posted 07 Nov 2004, 16:11 in Philosophy DiscussionAMERICAN POLITICS... by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Cu'jara Cinmoi":3cdpe2uh]One of the things that has so blown me away about this discussion forum has been the almost utter lack of flame wars, despite the controversial nature of the subject matter. So far the spirit of open inquiry, and the corresponding distinction between egos and arguments, has reigned supreme, I think... So I thought a discussion about Bush's recent election victory might just be possible. Though I'm not an American citizen, I lived in America for three years (or my entire life! - depending on what you think of 'Canadian identity'), and I loved both the people and the country. If I were American, I would have voted for Nader. So as you can imagine, yesterday's election results have me scratching my bean. What happened?[/quote:3cdpe2uh]I have no idea what happened. I voted for Kerry because Kerry's "I'm not Bush" platform was all I needed to persuade me. I would like to have voted for Nader or any one else that isn't a Republocrat. I really do not want to talk about it. I will say one thing though, my decision on whether I move out of this country or not has been made much simpler, I do not wish to live under a Theocracy. Also here is a nice link about the evidence of voting fruad. http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/110704A.shtml view post


posted 11 Nov 2004, 23:11 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Loveall-by ABCDEFG view post


posted 14 Nov 2004, 15:11 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by AjDeath, Didact

Palette view post


posted 14 Nov 2004, 22:11 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by AjDeath, Didact

I am now Starting lord Fouls Bane, we'll see if I like it or not. view post


posted 25 Nov 2004, 22:11 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Kalief":2pvi6x1e]Just finished The Darkness that Comes Before. Next up is Brilliance of the Moon by Lian Hearn, third in Tales of the Otori series[/quote:2pvi6x1e] I got to tell you, I loved that series. view post


posted 27 Nov 2004, 17:11 in Literature DiscussionMemory, Sorrow, and Thorn by AjDeath, Didact

I like his work muchly. Enough to by whatever he puts out. Not a genius, but a very entertaining and different writer. view post


posted 27 Nov 2004, 17:11 in Literature Discussionsarah ash by AjDeath, Didact

Just bought Prisoner Of The iron Tower from Clarkesworld. It will have to wait a little bit though. Can't wait though. Repetitive though. view post


posted 28 Nov 2004, 15:11 in Literature DiscussionThe Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by AjDeath, Didact

I am almost done the first book now. I must say it is a great read. view post


posted 29 Nov 2004, 17:11 in Off-Topic DiscussionRevenge by AjDeath, Didact

Kill him? :?: view post


posted 30 Nov 2004, 16:11 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Nevermore-Dreaming Neon Black view post


posted 02 Dec 2004, 17:12 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Tarantula-Swarm view post


posted 05 Dec 2004, 04:12 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by AjDeath, Didact

Currently reading The Illearth War. I read half in one night. Damn entertaining. view post


posted 05 Dec 2004, 04:12 in Literature DiscussionMemory, Sorrow, and Thorn by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Erthaelion'":e9j988ij]Sorry, is Tolkien's literary genius being debated here? Cause if it is... Tokin is a great nick name for the guy who made pipe weed a fantasy gig. Well, maybe not perfect but... Length isn't the issue with Memory, Sorrow and Thorn...It just starts off with the sense of the downtrodden boy becoming king thing all over again.[/quote:e9j988ij]You get over when you see that he is essentially a downtrodden kid through the entire trilogy. view post


posted 06 Dec 2004, 21:12 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by AjDeath, Didact

The Power That Preserves. Read the Illearth War in two days. Interesting series. view post


posted 08 Dec 2004, 03:12 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by AjDeath, Didact

Read The Power That Preserves in a day. Waiting for The Wounded Land to come in. In the meanwhile, I am reading Prisoner Of Iron Tower by Sarah Ash. view post


posted 08 Dec 2004, 22:12 in Off-Topic DiscussionPolitical Affiliation? by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Wil":3g5lxd49]Democrat: In favor of a bigger federal government, (federal government running big programs like social security, etc). Also usually Pro-choice, pro civil rights, anti-death penalty, more liberal on the social issues. Republican: In favor of a small federal government and having more control by the States. In favor of privatizing social security, (I think). Tend to be conservative on social issues, anti-abortion, marriage between man and a woman, etc. if anyone else has anything to add, please feel free.[/quote:3g5lxd49]Yeah, conservatism really isn't that simple nowadays. Neo cons seem to say and do two different things. Smaller gov't? They keep making it bigger and more invasive than ever. And being conservative on social issues means bringing religious beliefs into the realm of politics. Not good. [edit] I appologize for the typos, I obviously did not check the spelling of the original post. view post


posted 09 Dec 2004, 04:12 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Opeth-Morningrise. Again. view post


posted 09 Dec 2004, 06:12 in Off-Topic Discussionjust curious, any Dave Matthews Band fans here? by AjDeath, Didact

No comment. :twisted: view post


posted 13 Dec 2004, 21:12 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by AjDeath, Didact

Now reading When Will Jesus Bring The Porkchops? By Mister George Carlin. Sarah Ash's latest was pretty good. Lobotomy is always cool in fantasy. view post


posted 14 Dec 2004, 22:12 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by AjDeath, Didact

disappointment view post


posted 18 Dec 2004, 22:12 in Off-Topic DiscussionBeyond The Prince of Nothing? by AjDeath, Didact

Very slow board! Seriously! view post


Re: Best Kick-in-the-Nuts' EVER!!! posted 18 Dec 2004, 22:12 in Literature DiscussionBest Kick-in-the-Nuts' EVER!!! by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Gable":1sctpken] 3) This one...this one IS too special to spoil. Perhaps the greatest, most bittersweet, tragic thing I've ever read or even known. The ending of Tigana, by Guy Gavriel Kay. Won't tell you if you haven't read it, but I will say this: as I read, I was like...Hmm...mmmm...okay..uh-hu......................what? what does that mean? who the? what could...(eyes boggle in realization)...NOOOOOOOOOOOOO---oh sweet god no...NOOOOO!!!!!!!! Actually--I was so distraught I made Luke Skywalker look calm and composed upon learning that Darth was his father. Tears of sadness and joy followed, my friends. [/quote:1sctpken]Holy umm, yeah. The ending of that book almost made me cry, and I don't cry. Such a bittersweet ending. view post


posted 19 Dec 2004, 19:12 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by AjDeath, Didact

vagina. Kind of obvious. view post


posted 19 Dec 2004, 19:12 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Atrocity-Todessehnsucht view post


posted 19 Dec 2004, 19:12 in Literature DiscussionTerry Goodkind engages in rape fantasy? by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Orion_metalhead":1dzm8nhq]if you decide to read The Sword Of Truth, just know that the first book is the best. and it declines from there. Im looking foward to Chainfire just so i can be done with the series. hahaha[/quote:1dzm8nhq]Same here, I am pretty sick of the story at this point. view post


posted 23 Dec 2004, 01:12 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Lost Horizon-Denial Of Fate view post


posted 23 Dec 2004, 01:12 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by AjDeath, Didact

The Wounded Land-Donaldson view post


Happy Festivus! posted 25 Dec 2004, 03:12 in Off-Topic DiscussionHappy Festivus! by AjDeath, Didact

Do not decorate the aluminum pole! view post


posted 25 Dec 2004, 19:12 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Carcass-Doctrinal Expletives view post


posted 26 Dec 2004, 01:12 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by AjDeath, Didact

White Gold Wielder-Donaldson. view post


posted 27 Dec 2004, 05:12 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Cryptopsy-Cold hate, Warm Blood view post


posted 27 Dec 2004, 05:12 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by AjDeath, Didact

Away view post


posted 28 Dec 2004, 03:12 in Literature DiscussionWhat would you say are the must-reads of literature? by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Annabel":1rvwactq]Oops. The above post is me, Annabel. I posted without logging on - didn't know you could do that. And, is anyone out there?? This board's slow as molasses. Sorta feel like I'm playing the sandbox by myself. :([/quote:1rvwactq]Very slow board. It sucks for me because I mainly post on a BB that is always active and is a very tight knit group of members, this place is just the opposite. I would be here all the time, but no one else is, 'tis a shame. view post


posted 28 Dec 2004, 03:12 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Yngwie J. Malmsteen-Anguish and Fear. /m\ view post


posted 29 Dec 2004, 16:12 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Annabel":t2xxmqpv]Hey! I saw Yngwe at a G3 concert this year. Not bad. But, if you like the guitar gods, Steve Vai is a virtuoso (and I don't use the word lightly). The guitar's an extension of the man's body. Hrrm. Maybe not body but mind - e.g., if he can imagine it on the guitar, he can do it.[/quote:t2xxmqpv]I think all of the "guitar gods" have fallen off a bit in recent years. And I don't really pay too much attention to them anymore. But their older material still holds up, like Malmsteens Marching Out. view post


Re: And now for something totally idiotic - BK v McDonalds posted 29 Dec 2004, 16:12 in Off-Topic DiscussionAnd now for something totally idiotic - BK v McDonalds by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Annabel":2lhkd41y]Mickie D's for me because the coffee goes down, in the words of Umberto Eco (see How to Travel with a Salmon) like "mountain springwater". Oh, and the apple pie. Yummy. And, because you can get that really weird Quebecois gravy stuff on your fries.[/quote:2lhkd41y]I repeatedly say they are both shit, but usually eat at BK when I do eat at a fast food establishment. view post


posted 30 Dec 2004, 18:12 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Kalief":lsj7mao6] Exile's Return - by Raymond Feist[/quote:lsj7mao6]I can't wait for this, He really has improved in this latest addition of his ongoing tale. view post


posted 31 Dec 2004, 23:12 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Twisted Roots - Untitled=great view post


posted 31 Dec 2004, 23:12 in Off-Topic DiscussionOS's and Browsers by AjDeath, Didact

Windows-Firefox. Too lazy to switch from windows. :( view post


posted 03 Jan 2005, 05:01 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Annabel":30c4pdl2]To be honest, I'm not really a guitar god fan! However, I can listen to anything and appreciate it if its well done. The only thing I can't take much of is country music. All they ever sing about is how they're women left them, drinking and driving trucks.[/quote:30c4pdl2]I feel the same way about country music, especially Pop-country, just usless money grabbing nonesense. I used to be in a Bluegrass band when I was a teenager, I can apreciate Bluegrass, but not most country and most forms of pop. view post


posted 06 Jan 2005, 18:01 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by AjDeath, Didact

NR- The Runes Of The Earth by Donaldson. Just getting into it, it is decent so far. view post


posted 09 Jan 2005, 05:01 in Literature DiscussionTerry Goodkind engages in rape fantasy? by AjDeath, Didact

Just bought Chainfire, but it will have to wait about a half of a year as I have too many books in line before that one. view post


posted 13 Jan 2005, 05:01 in Off-Topic DiscussionHappy Festivus! by AjDeath, Didact

Damnit!1!!1 It's Festivus for the rest of us idiot. Would you stop posting crap that makes no sense!11 view post


posted 13 Jan 2005, 05:01 in Off-Topic DiscussionHappy Festivus! by AjDeath, Didact

No! You don't understand where I am coming from, you could never know! view post


posted 13 Jan 2005, 05:01 in Off-Topic DiscussionHappy Festivus! by AjDeath, Didact

Yu are an idiot, i know exactly what you are thinking, this is pointless, if you don't shut up about this festivus crap, I will shoot you with a gun!111 view post


posted 13 Jan 2005, 05:01 in Off-Topic DiscussionHappy Festivus! by AjDeath, Didact

you don't have the balls, poncho!1!1 view post


posted 17 Jan 2005, 05:01 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Pungent Stench - Masters Of Moral, Servants Of Sin. view post


posted 17 Jan 2005, 05:01 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by AjDeath, Didact

I just finished Chainfire, and I actually enjoyed it, even if he is extremely long winded. Also, he is the only author I have ever read that made me skip dialogue. view post


posted 19 Jan 2005, 20:01 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

The Haunted - The World Burns view post


posted 19 Jan 2005, 20:01 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Da-krul":tc2lgmq2]I also finished Chainfire, I quite enjoyed it, maybe GOodkind will actualy end the series in the next three books ! :D[/quote:tc2lgmq2]We can only hope! One thing I did not enjoy about the book was the ending, when everyone cried their asses off and wanted to die becasue they were wrong and he was right and they doubted him etc. etc... That was a bit annoying. view post


posted 19 Jan 2005, 20:01 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by AjDeath, Didact

I forgot, I am now reading Shadowmarch, I moved it up in my list. I am only about 30 pages in though and I have no drive to read it. :( view post


posted 19 Jan 2005, 20:01 in Off-Topic DiscussionAnd now for something totally idiotic - BK v McDonalds by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Twayleph":ntnnqsci]I think you're talking about "poutine". I don't really like it but it is somewhat popular here.[/quote:ntnnqsci]It is indeed called poutine, not my favorite dish ever. view post


posted 29 Jan 2005, 04:01 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Da-krul":yu41mtw4]Shadowmarch was a top notch book, or at least I thought it was. And yea I totaly agree with ya, the 50 pages of crying at the end was a little over done........[/quote:yu41mtw4]Shadowmarch just got extremely good, but it took about 200 hundred pages to do so. :o view post


posted 17 Feb 2005, 04:02 in Off-Topic DiscussionGood Book? by AjDeath, Didact

Never would I do such a thing. It is evil. view post


posted 17 Feb 2005, 04:02 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by AjDeath, Didact

I just finished Shadowmarch, I must say, I am thoroughly dissapointed, the book kind of stays flat. The next one should be great, this one seemed like one big set up for the next. eh. Just started Mitchell Graham's The Ancient Legacy, not overly cerebral, but it keeps the pages turning. view post


posted 17 Feb 2005, 04:02 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Nevermore - Noumenon view post


posted 17 Feb 2005, 18:02 in Philosophy DiscussionAMERICAN POLITICS... by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Annabel":2ad1cybo] A whole different issue to me is the sticky morass of America's relationship to the world at large (e.g. international relations) where our president has an incredibly broad mandate and Congress is unlikely to seize back some form of control any time soon. [Can we separate? My prior para. is about government's relationship with the governed. This para. is about government's relationship with other governments]. The average American spends too little time thinking about our relation with the rest of the world. Why is that when we are the last "super power"? Are we the world's police-man (a role that's primed for abuse)? Are we crusaders bringing the light of democracy to the oppressed masses? How do we balance national safety against the masses of dead (and why the hell is it always the brown people we bomb?????) and amount of damage done in Iraq and Afghanistan? Was it worth it? [/quote:2ad1cybo]This smacks of Carlin and Hicks. Big ups to my dawg. view post


posted 17 Feb 2005, 18:02 in Philosophy DiscussionDo you believe a God exists? by AjDeath, Didact

Believing in God is lazy. Give your life to Him. :roll: It is lazy morality. view post


posted 21 Feb 2005, 21:02 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by AjDeath, Didact

Graham's [u:3l3080sb]The Ancient Legacy[/u:3l3080sb] was a damn good read, not the most talented or vivid writer out there, but knows how to move a story along. I have now just started Deadhouse Gates. Been waiting for awhile for this one. view post


posted 22 Feb 2005, 19:02 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by AjDeath, Didact

cleveland steamer view post


posted 24 Feb 2005, 19:02 in Off-Topic DiscussionCheck out My Band ASCENDANT by AjDeath, Didact

Not too bad, but I would need to hear drums and vocals to really say. The last song is quite cool. view post


posted 24 Feb 2005, 19:02 in Philosophy DiscussionDo you believe a God exists? by AjDeath, Didact

My point in it being "lazy morality" is that it doesn't take a genius to see that most of the 10 commandments are beneficial to society and yourself. Logic can be used to see [i:34nh3nh7]why[/i:34nh3nh7] these things are good without believing in god. As I have stated in this thread, I was a born again christian in my teens. My experience with this was not good on a logical and intelligent level. People that say "I give my life over to you, oh Lord, do what you will with my life" are really not helping themselves. I know I didn't. So if you go out and kill someone because God said for you to do it you are doing God's will? Taking the Bible at face value and believing these commandments are good because God said so is really, really missing the point. Also believing in the Bible as it is today is very dangerous as it [i:34nh3nh7]has been changed.[/i:34nh3nh7] And there is no evidence (that I have read or heard of, I could be way off, but I have looked into it) that Jesus actually existed at all, and the fact that his Deification occured at the First Council Of Nicaea 3 and a quarter centuries after "death" leads me to look for morality elsewhere. view post


posted 26 Feb 2005, 20:02 in Off-Topic DiscussionAnybody seen Constantine? by AjDeath, Didact

Anything with Keeanu Reeves is horrible, so I won't see it. I barely go to the movies anymore, it is all crap. view post


Re: from Amazon posted 28 Feb 2005, 18:02 in Literature Discussionsarah ash by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Tusky":36oihuzn]Children of the Serpent Gate : Book 3 of The Tears of Artamon Hardcover: 496 pages Publisher: Spectra (September 27, 2005) ISBN: 0553382128 :D[/quote:36oihuzn]That is great news, I thought the second installment was incredible. view post


posted 01 Mar 2005, 04:03 in Philosophy DiscussionAMERICAN POLITICS... by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="amadah":34ka4c1z]Wil, I must say that your contention (however you deny it) that Dems are more educated than Republicans is false. The fact is that, on average, Republicans are more educated than Democrats. Every study that I've seen shows this. Republican income is higher than Democrat income and this correlates directly to educational level. Implying that Bush got reelected by a bunch of uneducated southerners and Midwesterners just doesn't hold water.[/quote:34ka4c1z] Actually it does, I have seen video of a guy doing interviews in the red states, some people had a clue, but a lot of people voted for Bush because of family name and had no clue what Kerry's name even was. One voter thought that bush wanted universal health care. Like I said, not everyone of these people was a moron. [quote:34ka4c1z]I am very glad that Bush got re-elected but I'm also surprised. My only explanation is that Kerry just wasn't the guy for the job. It is difficult to represent him as a "man of the people" when he is from a wealthy family and has married heiresses twice and lived off of their money rather than going out and making his own way in the world. It is difficult to sell him as a war hero when the length of his service was so short and he spoke out against the US military and the US government so vehemently immediately after his tour of duty AND when the circumstances of his "heroic" exploits are so vague and questionable.[/quote:34ka4c1z] Do you know anything about the Bush family? W has been helped in every stage of his life. And I will say that he is so much less a "man of the peolpe" than most candidates, including Kerry. [quote:34ka4c1z]I think that the Dems should have stuck with Dean, in all honesty.[/quote:34ka4c1z] I agree. [quote:34ka4c1z]My own vote went to Bush though I am, at heart, a libertarian.[/quote:34ka4c1z]For me, my vote went to anyone [i:34ka4c1z]but[/i:34ka4c1z] Bush. view post


posted 01 Mar 2005, 20:03 in Philosophy DiscussionAMERICAN POLITICS... by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="amadah":fmfyzce7][quote="AjDeath":fmfyzce7] Actually it does, I have seen video of a guy doing interviews in the red states, some people had a clue, but a lot of people voted for Bush because of family name and had no clue what Kerry's name even was. One voter thought that bush wanted universal health care. Like I said, not everyone of these people was a moron.[/quote:fmfyzce7] It does...?! So the smart people, the coastal ones by your implication, got outvoted by the stupid masses of southerners and midwesterners? Not likely. I've seen plenty of interviews with people in the "blue states" who had no clue. Seeing interviews with a small sampling of the populace isn't much of an indicator of anything at all. My own personal experience with employees of mine who voted for Kerry is that they voted Democrat only because Democrats are supposedly "for the little man" or some crap like that. Few voters can give what I would consider a good reason for their vote. It's mostly some vague notion or "just because". Overall, though, having lived in southern and Midwestern states almost exclusively, I really have to laugh at the proposition that people in the "red states" are less intelligent than people in the "blue states". Do you actually believe that?[/quote:fmfyzce7] No, I don't actually believe that. there are stupid people everywhere, but more religious nuts are found in the Bible Belt, and the midwest states. And yes, THEY DID OUT VOTE US! That is how tWit won!. [quote:fmfyzce7] Do you know anything about the Bush family? W has been helped in every stage of his life. And I will say that he is so much less a "man of the peolpe" than most candidates, including Kerry.[/quote:fmfyzce7] I know quite a bit about the Bush family, as a matter of fact. Much more so than MANY people. Has W been helped? Sure he has. But he's still got a lot more in common with the "common man" than does Kerry.[/quote]Then you know that W's grandfather sold weapons to the Nazi's when it was illegal to do so and got arrested for it? The family is all war profiteers. view post


posted 02 Mar 2005, 03:03 in Philosophy DiscussionAMERICAN POLITICS... by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="amadah":by5xgnoj][quote="AjDeath":by5xgnoj] No, I don't actually believe that. there are stupid people everywhere, but more religious nuts are found in the Bible Belt, and the midwest states. And yes, THEY DID OUT VOTE US! That is how tWit won!.[/quote:by5xgnoj] Are the "religious nuts" who are "found in the Bible Belt, and the midwest states" really any different than eco-nuts in the northwest, ultra-liberals in Cali or Mass, or any other special interest group? [/quote:by5xgnoj] Yes, and if you cannot see the difference, there is no point in talking to you about this. Also. international banking? You could call it that. :roll: view post


posted 02 Mar 2005, 15:03 in Philosophy DiscussionAMERICAN POLITICS... by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="amadah":273juy0x][quote="AjDeath":273juy0x] Yes, and if you cannot see the difference, there is no point in talking to you about this. [/quote:273juy0x] Wow. What a cop-out! No point in talking to me about this? How is one special interest group any different than another? Oh...wait...the "religious nut" special interest group is a large one whose votes destroyed any chance that your preferred (or reluctantly accepted) candidate had of winning! If it had gone your way, would your attitude be different?[/quote:273juy0x]I know it is, but if you cannot see the difference between someone that thinks our environment is in shambles because he reads what is going on in scientific journals and someone that bases their life on an imaginary friend, that is your problem. [quote:273juy0x]You can call it that because that's what it is. As I noted above, all involvement ended before WWII began. Read up on it. A little information is a wonderful thing.[/quote:273juy0x]They did stop right before war broke out. but if Brown Brothers Harriman, National City Bank, ITT, Ford, General Motors, and General Electric hadn't funded Hitlers rearmament and infrastrusture there would have been no war, or at the very least it would have been a very, very short one. And international banking my ass, Brown Bro Harriman and NCB supplied they money, those other companies supplied the equipment. And the investment paid off, these people knew what they were doing, they were looking for easy profit, hence war profiteers. At least the gov't thought so, enough to put individuals on trial. view post


posted 02 Mar 2005, 22:03 in Philosophy DiscussionAMERICAN POLITICS... by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="amadah":1ycc72vd] Breaks to big business ARE breaks to you. Again, read about capitalism and trace out where the money goes. It doesn't just sit in the pocket of some company. Money gets spent, in gets INVESTED...it GROWS and it's up to YOU to make it grow for YOU. The government only sets the stage.[/quote:1ycc72vd]This is the biggest bunch of bullshit yet. Trickle down economics only created the biggest deficit this country has ever seen every time it was put into use. Reagan, Bush the Elder and Bush the Younger try this bullshit and hurt thgis country finacially, but they knew what they were doing, lining the pockets of the people that got them elected. The fact is, big businesses do not move that money along, it stays right where it goes, their pockets. view post


posted 06 Mar 2005, 04:03 in Philosophy DiscussionAMERICAN POLITICS... by AjDeath, Didact

Alright, I know this is in response to Annabel's post, but I feel I have to get a few things out. [quote:1xoiyju6]Because the actions of the wealthiest control the economy to a greater extent than those in lower economic "classes" (hate to say it like that, though). Maybe it is better to say that holders of more capital have more influence over the total capital in the economy more so than holders of less capital. This is why tax cuts SHOULD go to those whose actions with said capital from tax cuts will generate more of an effect on the overall economy.[/quote:1xoiyju6] This is horse shit, we would spend it if we had any money. All I see these people doing with their money is demanding more of their workers, to the point of overtime for a lot of people going to the wayside, and they invest their profits in their business, and also in themselves. It doesn't go anywhere, the market is not the people, the companies are not the people, the people see nothing but the cost of living skyrocket but not their salaries. As Annabel said, the divide between CEO's and their workers income is the highest it has ever been in U.S history. It is somthing like 130 percent more. Is it like that in the UK or Canada? Hell no. I think it is 13%. It is ridiculous. Workers are being forced to work more and more for less and less. Minimum wage hasn't risen in how may god damned years? Fuck the overall economy. People need food, and not dog food a la the Reagan years. [quote="Annabel":1xoiyju6]But the income gap between the rich and the poor has been growing in the past decades and that is not good thing for government stability.[/quote:1xoiyju6]The divide started in the 60's and hasn't stopped, it actually is starting to grow exponentially. [quote="amadah":1xoiyju6]I guess the poor need to get off their asses and go do something other than rely on government programs financed by the tax dollars of those who ARE productive.[/quote:1xoiyju6]Holy shit, I hope that is sarcasm. Christ, I work my damn ass off at a decent job that requires skill, knowledge, and experience to do. I am not well off, I make a good standard wage for my area, I am not in debt, but unless I work 70 hours a week, which I sometimes do, I am not getting ahead. Compared to these people that got rich when they inherited their money and do nothing(read-BUSH The Younger) I work my asshole off and get nothing for it except a pat on the back for "keeping the bottom line in mind before your own needs." And I have a decent boss. I wonder how bad it is for some people that, even though they should be in college, cannot go because it was not a financially viable option. To say that we should "get off our asses and work harder" is not only asinine, but shows a certain lack of compasion for others. [quote="Annabel":1xoiyju6] Lets kill or bomb or dominate or exploit all those countries out there that we can. [/quote:1xoiyju6]:D [quote="amadah":1xoiyju6]We do. Other countries definitely exploit the US. No doubt. Life is about getting what you want, whether than is an individual "you" or a collective "you".[/quote:1xoiyju6]That maybe true, but it is also the philopsophy of very selfish people. [quote:1xoiyju6]And lets not forget that Al-Quaeda were not in Iraq.[/quote:1xoiyju6] [quote="amadah":1xoiyju6]Were they not...? Come on...do you really believe that?[/quote:1xoiyju6] [quote:1xoiyju6]Nor the weapons of mass destruction.[/quote:1xoiyju6] [quote="amadah":1xoiyju6]Ho, hum... Saddam had (1) possessed WMD before, (2) money to buy WMD and/or their components, (3) an industrial and knowledge base to build WMD, (4) had used WMD in war before and, finally (5) had used WMD on his own people. To me, it doesn't matter in the least whether he had any WMD or not at the time of the invasion. He had the ability to make them and the will to use them on ANYONE that he pleased.[/quote:1xoiyju6] Wow, none of that is the point. We were lied to just to get us into a war only the NeoCons wanted. That is the point. Bush's whole staff should be impeached based on that fact alone. These people will do anything to get what they want even if it is a war that should not have happened. [quote="amadah":1xoiyju6]BTW...I am actually NOT some right-wing nut, despite the beliefs cited above. I very much believe that our political system works well because of dynamic tension between two opposing parties/points-of-view. To go too far one way or another invites disaster. Facism or socialism...both bad choices... :D[/quote:1xoiyju6] Being a centrist, in my opinion, is taking the easy way out. Some people say it is all about compromise, but how can you compromise your ideals and beliefs? What happened to integrity? Moderates are not helping anything, they are keeping the status quo in place. What are these peoples ideals? Whatever the news says it should be? I have a lot more respect for conservatives and liberals that have genuine beliefs that they can back up. I can honestly say that our gov't has none of these people. We have yes men that are looking perpetually towards the next election. view post


posted 06 Mar 2005, 04:03 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

@sukoudo - You like the Karl Sanders? :) NP - David Cross - It Isn't Funny. view post


posted 06 Mar 2005, 04:03 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by AjDeath, Didact

The Warrioir Prophet! After all this time! Deadhouse Gates was frigging wonderful. view post


posted 08 Mar 2005, 02:03 in Philosophy DiscussionDrug Legalization by AjDeath, Didact

I think they should be legal, and the U.S gov't should make tons of money off of them. view post


posted 21 Mar 2005, 03:03 in Off-Topic DiscussionI HATE PEOPLE... by AjDeath, Didact

I hate peolple too. But not for the same reason as you. view post


posted 03 Apr 2005, 06:04 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Crowbar - Fall Back To Zero. view post


posted 04 Apr 2005, 04:04 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Gordian Knot - Muttersprache view post


posted 04 Apr 2005, 04:04 in Philosophy DiscussionAMERICAN POLITICS... by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Cu'jara Cinmoi":2w6lfq6s]I'm still waiting to hear from Amadah, but in reply to your question of prosperity, Randall, I think you're entirely right. This comes back to my original question of what the [i:2w6lfq6s]purpose[/i:2w6lfq6s] of an economy is. I think it's clear that if it isn't working for everyone's benefit then it isn't working. For instance, what's the point of economic growth, when by and large it only benefits the top ten percent? Which has pretty much been the case in Canada and America the last 30 years. Sure household income is up for the vast majority, but when you factor in the number of people in the household working, and the number of hours worked, that increase all but vanishes for the bottom 80%. And the GDP has doubled in that time. Think about it. Anything with the word 'public' attached to it is in some state of fiscal crisis, and yet as a society, we're twice as wealthy as we were 30 years ago.[/quote:2w6lfq6s]It is supposed to "trickle down." I hate economists, economic theory is bullshit. I can't wait for oil to run out. Mad Max, here I come! view post


posted 04 Apr 2005, 19:04 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by AjDeath, Didact

dead view post


posted 05 Apr 2005, 07:04 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Echoex":1jx21t8x]Miles Davis' "Blue in Green" from his Kind of Blue album.[/quote:1jx21t8x]Bill Evans is(was) god. Gordian Knot - Some Brighter Things view post


posted 05 Apr 2005, 07:04 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by AjDeath, Didact

Besides a few favorite authors, I am thinking of putting down fantasy for good. It has become boring for me. I am currently reading American Dynasty by Kevin Phillips. view post


posted 11 Apr 2005, 00:04 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Opeth - Advent view post


posted 12 Apr 2005, 00:04 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by AjDeath, Didact

special view post


posted 12 Apr 2005, 05:04 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by AjDeath, Didact

Exile's Return - Ray Feist. view post


posted 23 Apr 2005, 19:04 in Literature DiscussionWhat subgroup of speculative fiction do you prefer? by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Ainulindale":1yb7lsri]I'm a fan of epic fantasy but have to admit outside of the top half dozen or so authors their is a severe drop off, at least to me IMHO. I much prefer the New Weird/Moorcockian fantasy now, that said their are authors in all branches I like but right now I enjoy the edgier stuff. Authors like: China Mieville Jeff VanderMeer KJ Bishop M. John Harrison Michael Moorcock Rhys Hughes Matthew Rossii Mervyn Peake Macleod etc [quote:1yb7lsri]Never read Mieville, but reading some of the threads here, I certainly should. Could you suggest something for me to read by this author, also what kind of story(s) does this author write?[/quote:1yb7lsri] I have some reviews of 3 of [b:1yb7lsri]Mieville's[/b:1yb7lsri] works here, if interested, IMHO he is probably the author I enjoy the most now, a supreme talent.: [url=http://www.fantasybookspot.com/?q=node/view/131:1yb7lsri]Perdido Street Station review[/url:1yb7lsri] [url=http://www.fantasybookspot.com/?q=node/view/78:1yb7lsri]Iron Council review[/url:1yb7lsri] [url=http://www.fantasybookspot.com/?q=node/view/108:1yb7lsri]King Rat review[/url:1yb7lsri][/quote:1yb7lsri]Thanks, I will have to pick his work up. view post


posted 23 Apr 2005, 20:04 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by AjDeath, Didact

Guy Gavriel Kay - The Lions Of Al-Rassan view post


posted 16 May 2005, 22:05 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Tol h'Eddes":2ysrqc13]QuickSilver by Neal Stephenson A good book, but it's very slow paced. Anyway, I'm almost two thirds done, and I recommand it to anyone interested in Renaissance, alchemy and the beginning of science as we know it.[/quote:2ysrqc13]You haven't read this series yet? It only gets better and better until you think he cannot top himself, then he does. Fantastic. view post


posted 16 May 2005, 22:05 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Led Zeppelin - in My Time Of Dying view post


posted 18 May 2005, 20:05 in Off-Topic DiscussionErikson? by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="SEF":j4iqnll5] Steven Erikson beyond doubt is my current favorite even toppling my previous favorite George R R Martin.[/quote:j4iqnll5]I have to agree. Mr. Bakker's latest is up there too. Damn, I wasn't too into it and then halfway through he kicked my ass. Erikson is like that too. It's all about the set up. view post


posted 18 May 2005, 20:05 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Led Zeppelin - Kashmir view post


posted 28 May 2005, 14:05 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat we look like by AjDeath, Didact

[img:3qt6ydtx]http://img17.echo.cx/img17/2435/webripfencephotos058511hw.jpg[/img:3qt6ydtx] I am the last one on the right. view post


posted 28 May 2005, 14:05 in Off-Topic DiscussionAnd now for something totally idiotic - BK v McDonalds by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="diarmuid":9reefkg9]poutine is generally served as fries with cheese curds ( read as the raw unaged unflavoured chesse product) and beef gravy preparde properly with good ingridients there are few things more heavenly on this earth done by the fast food kids.... eeewww[/quote:9reefkg9]We have the real deal here in Maine, which is pretty much part of Canada. I still don;t like it. view post


posted 02 Jun 2005, 23:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

CSNY - Ohio. Best song ever. view post


posted 05 Jun 2005, 01:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Twisted Roots - Every Now And Then view post


posted 07 Jun 2005, 01:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Opeth - Face Of Melinda view post


posted 07 Jun 2005, 01:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by AjDeath, Didact

Tai-Pan. view post


posted 08 Jun 2005, 00:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionBoosting Sales of the "Prince of Nothing" by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Da-krul":1rxi4dlk]getting the book banned by Christian Fundamentalists is a fairl;y solid idea ;)[/quote:1rxi4dlk]Actually, it is brilliant. view post


posted 08 Jun 2005, 00:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Living Colour - Cult Of Personality Vernon Reid SOLOS! view post


posted 09 Jun 2005, 01:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Meshuggah - Gods Of Rapture view post


posted 10 Jun 2005, 16:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Crowbar - The Voilent Reaction. view post


posted 11 Jun 2005, 15:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Meshuggauh - Catch 33, which should be mandatory listening for everyone. view post


posted 12 Jun 2005, 14:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

All me! Bruce Dickinson - Tyranny Of Souls view post


posted 25 Jun 2005, 18:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Sergey Rachmaninov - The Isle of the Dead Symphonic poem Op. 29 view post


posted 25 Jun 2005, 18:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionPrince of Nothing Film by AjDeath, Didact

Come on guys. Werner Herzog. view post


posted 27 Jun 2005, 17:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Martin Springett - Painted Feet On Ochre Sand view post


posted 28 Jun 2005, 01:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionPrince of Nothing Film by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="SymeonHaecceity":2rj2xb4k][quote="AjDeath":2rj2xb4k]Come on guys. Werner Herzog.[/quote:2rj2xb4k] That was another one I was thinking of. Fitzcarraldo is great![/quote:2rj2xb4k]Nosferatu: Phantom Der Nacht, Aguirre: Wrath of God, Little Dieter Needs to Fly, Woyzeck. I don't think this guy has made a sub par movie. [edit]Cobra Verde! view post


posted 01 Jul 2005, 22:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionNeed help with holes!!! by AjDeath, Didact

I can't stand piercing at all. view post


posted 03 Jul 2005, 14:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Spastic Ink - Words For Nerds view post


posted 04 Jul 2005, 21:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Necrophagist - Diminished To b view post


posted 08 Jul 2005, 01:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Pearl Jam - Do The Evolution view post


posted 10 Jul 2005, 14:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Pungent Stench - The Amp Hymn view post


posted 13 Jul 2005, 00:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Pearl Jam - Fuckin' Up view post


posted 16 Jul 2005, 23:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Edge":2xm063uv]horror[/quote:2xm063uv]Micheal Bay view post


posted 23 Jul 2005, 00:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Windir - Svartasmeden Og Lundamyrstrollet view post


posted 24 Jul 2005, 16:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by AjDeath, Didact

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World - Jack Weatherford. view post


posted 26 Jul 2005, 01:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Dissection - In The COld Winds Of Nowhere. view post


posted 29 Jul 2005, 01:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Nevermore - My Acid Words Opeth - Ghost Reveries view post


posted 29 Jul 2005, 01:07 in Literature DiscussionEddings by AjDeath, Didact

I read and enjoyed Eddings a long time ago, including Althalus (the last book by the Eddings's i have rerad). I have since read fantasy and non fantasy that have nade them seem quite trite and boring. Good at the time, but really satndard, re-hash BS. view post


posted 29 Jul 2005, 01:07 in Literature DiscussionColdfire Trilogy by AjDeath, Didact

I thought the Cold Fire Trilogy was good when I read them, still do. Tarrant was a decent enough character, the "hero" was pretty crappy though. Also, it seemed it was lacking something. view post


posted 29 Jul 2005, 17:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Da-krul":x3wuerio]Touched by the Crimson King - Demons and Wizards w000t! got thier new album :D not quite as good as the first one but good none the less.[/quote:x3wuerio]It is pretty decent. The first is damn good though. NP - Nevermore - This Godless Endeavor view post


posted 29 Jul 2005, 17:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionOur own unique, original euphemisms for naughty bits... by AjDeath, Didact

Pink Fish Taco "I went to Taco Bell to get a pink fish taco, if you know what I am saying." view post


posted 31 Jul 2005, 18:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Opeth - The Grand Conjuration view post


posted 02 Aug 2005, 00:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionOur own unique, original euphemisms for naughty bits... by AjDeath, Didact

This isn't mine, but it is my favorite. Hatchet Wound. "At the end of the day, Shelly's hatchet wound was a stinky." view post


posted 03 Aug 2005, 01:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="target":3fkpt3a0]cardboard[/quote:3fkpt3a0]bumfights view post


posted 05 Aug 2005, 00:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Deathspell Omega - Carnal Malefactor :!: view post


posted 05 Aug 2005, 00:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionOur own unique, original euphemisms for naughty bits... by AjDeath, Didact

Blood Purse "I needed some change, so I went for the blood purse." view post


posted 05 Aug 2005, 22:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Deathspell Omega - Second Prayer view post


posted 06 Aug 2005, 21:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Dredg - Triangle view post


posted 07 Aug 2005, 16:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Sylvanus":xa2vuv1p]For the longest time, I thought El Cielo had came out before Leitmotif. Guess it's because I heard Leitmotif first, and liked it better, and thought it must have been an improvement over their first album. Turns out I was wrong. Dredg's new album is too much like their second one. I just haven't been able to get into it.[/quote:xa2vuv1p]El Cielo is the only Dredg album I have, and it is very fucking cool. I will have to look into the other two. Dredg - Same Ol' Road view post


posted 13 Aug 2005, 15:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by AjDeath, Didact

In The Wake Of The Plague - Norman F. Cantor view post


posted 13 Aug 2005, 15:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Weakling - Dead As Dreams view post


posted 16 Aug 2005, 00:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Dredg - Yatahaze view post


posted 17 Aug 2005, 01:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Pungent Stench - No Guts, No Glory view post


posted 18 Aug 2005, 23:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by AjDeath, Didact

two view post


posted 21 Aug 2005, 17:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Slayer - New Faith. view post


posted 22 Aug 2005, 00:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Slayer - Threshold view post


posted 22 Aug 2005, 01:08 in Literature DiscussionWhat subgroup of speculative fiction do you prefer? by AjDeath, Didact

Hmmmm, besides about five authors, I don't even read fantasy anymore. :shock: :D view post


posted 23 Aug 2005, 01:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Yesh, anyways, here is my audioscrobbler: http://www.last.fm/user/AjDeath/ view post


posted 23 Aug 2005, 01:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionWords You Like or Don't Like by AjDeath, Didact

http://ruthlessreviews.com/rants/matt/words.html http://ruthlessreviews.com/rants/jonny/words.html http://ruthlessreviews.com/rants/erich/words.html Ruthless Reviews is where I spend the majority of my time on the intershit. These guys are always spot on. view post


posted 24 Aug 2005, 22:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionWords You Like or Don't Like by AjDeath, Didact

I hate the word luxurious and any author that over uses it. view post


posted 24 Aug 2005, 22:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by AjDeath, Didact

bowl view post


posted 24 Aug 2005, 22:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat kind of flame warrior are you? by AjDeath, Didact

I would like to point out that atheism is not a "fervently held belief". Anyone that says that must be a Christian/Muslim/Fanatic. view post


posted 24 Aug 2005, 23:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by AjDeath, Didact

Mark Duper view post


posted 28 Aug 2005, 16:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Russian Circles - You Already Did view post


posted 02 Sep 2005, 01:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Mahavishnu Orchestra - Dawn view post


posted 08 Sep 2005, 01:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by AjDeath, Didact

Freethinker: A History OF American Secularism - Susan Jacoby. I am in one of those periods where I hate all fiction. I just hate it. Especially fantasy ever since the New Harry Potter came out. I can't stomach it. And no, I didn't read it, and I never want to or will. view post


posted 09 Sep 2005, 22:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat kind of flame warrior are you? by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Sylvanus":t8347vi5]Seems more like simple observations to me. ;)[/quote:t8347vi5]Exactly. Atheism isn't even in the same realm of faith or belief as religion. Usually religious people compare Atheism/Agnosticism to their belief to sort of give their views based on surperstition and dogma some sort of credibility. Also, not harping on anyone, that just sort of bothered me. view post


posted 10 Sep 2005, 00:09 in Philosophy DiscussionDo you believe a God exists? by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Deerow":2ypj4xe0]Well you pretty much hit the nail on the head with your first paragraph. Science is as much a "leap of faith" as religion is. It just focuses on two completely different types of faith. One is believing in something we cannot see and the other is believing we see something that may not be there at all. I don't feel that either of these options hold more weight than the other, none a more viable option. Either way we're in the dark. As for you second question I think it may be possible to have some comprehension of the universe. I just think right now we are attempting to do this through two vehicles that are far to involved at looking inside their own little boxes that they can't step out and try to think of another way to go about doing things. That being said I have absolutely no method of my own. I was raised in a fairly religious household surrounded by friends that were atheists and agnostics...over time I just sort of saw the similarites rather than the differences and now can't really say I belong to one side over the other. Simplicity just may be the answer.[/quote:2ypj4xe0] :!: :? Empiricle Evidence is a cult! I have already said the same thing earlier, but I now admit I was fully wrong, confused. view post


posted 10 Sep 2005, 00:09 in Philosophy DiscussionDo you believe a God exists? by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Echoex":2rndyldv]"I believe that there is something greater than us and that we are part of some purpose but I don't think that anyone can know exactly what that purpose is or can fully comprehend a being that is so much more than us." Can I ask why you believe that we're part of some purpose? Can we not be random and anomalous? I think the human ego is too fragile and soft to accept that our existence is really meaningless.[/quote:2rndyldv]Exactly, but I would add that most of the craziness that peopole conform to is because they are really, really afraid to die. Subconciously it is always there, I know that is pretty obvious. :idea: But people don't seem to realize it. We try to reach immortality and avoid the uknown any way we can. If that means believing in superman God to comfort a mind, good for them. Stop proselytization though. view post


posted 10 Sep 2005, 15:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat kind of flame warrior are you? by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Deerow":2nmhbq14]I always considered atheism to be a belief...a belief in nothing beyond ones self, but a belief nonetheless. I'm not saying that it is self-centered or anything, just that is what the belief is. Much like a religious belief is a belief of something beyond ones self and agnosticism is belief in the potential of something beyond ones self. I don't think any is more valued than the other...but each one stems from a [i:2nmhbq14]belief[/i:2nmhbq14] of something.[/quote:2nmhbq14]Yes, but there are degrees to this thing. Believing in HEll/Heaven/BoogeyMan/Fable that is clearly based on and stolen from much earlier "religions" yet kids are indoctrinated to keep it going, and coming to the conclusion that these people are sick in the head because of their parents... Well, a little off track there. Let's just say that making them comparable on works for the religious side and that Atheists don't demand that everyone must think like them or be damned, either in this life or the "next life." I will take rationalism thank you. Also, I am an agnostic and that doesn't mean there is a potential at all. It means Humans can not know either way, so it is not worth even thinking or dealing with it. view post


posted 10 Sep 2005, 15:09 in Philosophy DiscussionDo you believe a God exists? by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Deerow":1ub30r43][quote="AjDeath":1ub30r43]Empiricle Evidence is a cult![/quote:1ub30r43] Considering we invented it how can we trust it anymore than religious evidence (which we also invented). That is all I'm saying. It is pretty hypocritical to say that one is right and one is wrong because neither are based in absolute truth (whatever that is) but based on human beings attempting to explain the universe.[/quote:1ub30r43]I agree but only to an extent. I will trust a scientist or doctor to cure me rather than relgion because it actually works. Also science is no leap of faith, that is laughable. view post


posted 11 Sep 2005, 14:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Lucimay":1s0n4vb4]AJ! so surprised to hear you are listening to Mahavishnu! Birds of Fire for me today, Miles Beyond. :D[/quote:1s0n4vb4]I love them and I listen to a lot of fussion and jazz on occasion. Not now though - Gorguts - Sweet Silence. view post


posted 12 Sep 2005, 02:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat kind of flame warrior are you? by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Randal":7rj5mn1e]Quibbling about the semantics aside, the observation from the website is astute. (although not new) Some atheists are as fanatical about propagating their worldview as any fervent believer.[/quote:7rj5mn1e]Has there been an athiest inquisition I have missed? view post


posted 12 Sep 2005, 02:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Skeptisism - Nowhere view post


posted 13 Sep 2005, 00:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat kind of flame warrior are you? by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Randal":t9pz8jno] All of which doesn't change my position a bit in the smaller scheme of things. The description on the flamewarriors website was correct and not prejudiced, for or against atheists.[/quote:t9pz8jno]Oh, yes of course. I just wanted some conversation. view post


posted 15 Sep 2005, 00:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat kind of flame warrior are you? by AjDeath, Didact

See, now I am interested! view post


posted 15 Sep 2005, 01:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat kind of flame warrior are you? by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Randal":3nd5jo7n]We're not talking world politics here, c'mon. :roll:[/i] [/quote:3nd5jo7n]No, we are talking about the inquisition. Have you, being an Atheist, ever held auto de fe in the town square because someone wouldn't renounce Christ? I mean c'mon. Now I am talking about the definition. Comparing Atheists to relgions is just a way to smear something Xtians do not like. It is now embedded in our public discourse. In fact, it mostly has always been embedded in our public discourse. I find it very annoying and will not give credence to it. I mean there is irony and then there is irony. view post


posted 15 Sep 2005, 01:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Dredg - Eighteen People Living In Harmony view post


posted 15 Sep 2005, 23:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Opeth - Dirge For November view post


posted 17 Sep 2005, 01:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Biomechanical - The Empires Of The Worlds view post


posted 17 Sep 2005, 01:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionOur own unique, original euphemisms for naughty bits... by AjDeath, Didact

Baby Baker - Self explanatory Fist Hole - See above. Wuhwoah! view post


posted 23 Sep 2005, 23:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Co Conspirator - Run Mad. Cynic is back ? No, but still damn cool. view post


posted 25 Sep 2005, 14:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Frantic Bleep - ...But A Memory view post


posted 27 Sep 2005, 00:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Frantic Bleep - The Expulsion view post


posted 28 Sep 2005, 01:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionList 'Em - Bands by AjDeath, Didact

Atheist Cynic Gordian Knot Opeth Crowbar Those are my favorite metal bands. I could list a hundred of those. These are other. Led Zeppelin Martin Springett Mahavishnu Orchestra Bill Evans Dredg The Cars Rammstein Russian Circles Isis Pelican I'll probably do another list. :oops: view post


posted 10 Oct 2005, 23:10 in Off-Topic Discussion*pokes the board with a stick* by AjDeath, Didact

Ermm, what happened? view post


posted 11 Oct 2005, 00:10 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat happens when your soul leaves your body? by AjDeath, Didact

EVeryone knows that sceintists are now able to bring at least dogs back to life by removing their blood and replacing it with a subzero saline solution, fixing whatever problem(not yet, for now it is only deep freezing the insides) and putting blood back in? Yeah, so we might know soon. view post


posted 11 Oct 2005, 00:10 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Russian Circles - You Already Did view post


posted 12 Oct 2005, 01:10 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Gordian Knot - Srikara Tal view post


posted 14 Oct 2005, 01:10 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Alchemist - Nature On A Leash view post


posted 17 Oct 2005, 00:10 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Arsis - A Diamond For Disease view post


posted 17 Oct 2005, 23:10 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by AjDeath, Didact

Hey Rube - Hunter S. Thompson The Hawk Eternal - David Gemmell. view post


posted 19 Oct 2005, 15:10 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Arsis - A Diamond For Disease. 13 minutes of melodic insanity originally written for a ballet but instead recorded with about 50 guitar tracks and blast beats. Only "wow" suffices. view post


posted 21 Oct 2005, 21:10 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Sylvanus":s1yoggfc]Drain STH - "Ace of Spades" (appropriate, since I'm in a poker tourney)[/quote:s1yoggfc]What happened to Motohead? Ephel Duath - The Painter's Pallete - Irinical Communion (Amber) view post


posted 21 Oct 2005, 21:10 in Off-Topic DiscussionWords You Like or Don't Like by AjDeath, Didact

Insofar is better. 8) view post


posted 25 Oct 2005, 00:10 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Sylvanus":2df1m3wm][quote="AjDeath":2df1m3wm][quote="Sylvanus":2df1m3wm]Drain STH - "Ace of Spades" (appropriate, since I'm in a poker tourney)[/quote:2df1m3wm]What happened to Motohead? Ephel Duath - The Painter's Pallete - Irinical Communion (Amber)[/quote:2df1m3wm] Yeah, the Motorhead version's better, but I don't have it, unfortunately.[/quote:2df1m3wm]I could upload the track for you. Give me a bit. Disgorge - Parallels Of Infinite Toture view post


posted 29 Oct 2005, 17:10 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Ephel Duath - pleonasm Anybody else like this wacky jazzy death metallers and their wacky avant-garde jazzy death metal hardcore stew of whackiness. view post


posted 01 Nov 2005, 00:11 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Orion_metalhead":3cf66x3z][quote="AjDeath":3cf66x3z]Ephel Duath - pleonasm Anybody else like this wacky jazzy death metallers and their wacky avant-garde jazzy death metal hardcore stew of whackiness.[/quote:3cf66x3z] How good is the new arsis? i have a sample of one of the songs but i havent got a change to hear the whole thing. is it worth buying[/quote:3cf66x3z]YES!!!!!! I enjoy this three song EP more than A Celebration Of Guilt, and I love that album. It completely destroys anything anyother band has done in say, three to four years. view post


posted 01 Nov 2005, 00:11 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by AjDeath, Didact

Knife Of Dreams. :oops: Alright, it is actually decent, except for the writing, which is boring as usual, and the parts involving Egwene with the Aes Sedai, and Elayne with the Kin and all, just horrible characters. But the story is finally moving on to something. After three books of nothing happening and no resolution and evryone doing the same thing and saying the same things, the arcs are finally moving. view post


George Carlin posted 06 Nov 2005, 06:11 in Off-Topic DiscussionGeorge Carlin by AjDeath, Didact

Anyone else catch Carlin's latest stand up on HBO? Man hasn't lost a step. He has moved on from doing total comedy to doing lectures, but I still laughed harder than ever. A true American treasure. view post


posted 11 Nov 2005, 01:11 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Anonymous":19lz1a0m][quote="AjDeath":19lz1a0m][quote="Orion_metalhead":19lz1a0m][quote="AjDeath":19lz1a0m]Ephel Duath - pleonasm Anybody else like this wacky jazzy death metallers and their wacky avant-garde jazzy death metal hardcore stew of whackiness.[/quote:19lz1a0m] How good is the new arsis? i have a sample of one of the songs but i havent got a change to hear the whole thing. is it worth buying[/quote:19lz1a0m]YES!!!!!! I enjoy this three song EP more than A Celebration Of Guilt, and I love that album. It completely destroys anything anyother band has done in say, three to four years.[/quote:19lz1a0m] i just heard the title track and it blew me away. i agree with you that it is better than ACoG. Im trying to get it on ebay right now for a bit cheeper than the stores. im also trying to findn the new Akercocke album im having difficulty finding it for less that what i would pay elsewhere.[/quote:19lz1a0m]My pick for best album of the year, followed by Crowbar, Rammstein, Nevermore, Darkane, Meshuggah and a couple others I am forggeting. It has been a decent year. Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone is pretty decent, I still have to give it some time as I have only listened to it three times. NP - Bloodbath - The Ascension view post


posted 12 Nov 2005, 16:11 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Anonymous":1n75ogd6][quote="AjDeath":1n75ogd6][quote="Orion_metalhead":1n75ogd6][quote="AjDeath":1n75ogd6]Ephel Duath - pleonasm Anybody else like this wacky jazzy death metallers and their wacky avant-garde jazzy death metal hardcore stew of whackiness.[/quote:1n75ogd6] How good is the new arsis? i have a sample of one of the songs but i havent got a change to hear the whole thing. is it worth buying[/quote:1n75ogd6]YES!!!!!! I enjoy this three song EP more than A Celebration Of Guilt, and I love that album. It completely destroys anything anyother band has done in say, three to four years.[/quote:1n75ogd6] i just heard the title track and it blew me away. i agree with you that it is better than ACoG. Im trying to get it on ebay right now for a bit cheeper than the stores. im also trying to findn the new Akercocke album im having difficulty finding it for less that what i would pay elsewhere.[/quote:1n75ogd6]Oh yeah, if you have winrar (or something similar), I can upload both albums for you. NP - Ephel Duath - Praha. Jazz! (jazz hands!) view post


posted 12 Nov 2005, 19:11 in Off-Topic DiscussionGeorge Carlin by AjDeath, Didact

:roll: view post


posted 12 Nov 2005, 19:11 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by AjDeath, Didact

Children Of The Serpent Gate - Sarah Ash. Don't know why I thought these books were any good. Guess I just finish it and sell them. view post


posted 12 Nov 2005, 19:11 in Off-Topic DiscussionList 'Em - Bands by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Orion_metalhead":2zmpemgj][quote="AjDeath":2zmpemgj]Atheist Cynic Gordian Knot Opeth Crowbar Those are my favorite metal bands. I could list a hundred of those. These are other. Led Zeppelin Martin Springett Mahavishnu Orchestra Bill Evans Dredg The Cars Rammstein Russian Circles Isis Pelican I'll probably do another list. :oops:[/quote:2zmpemgj] Mahavishnu Orchestra is incredible.[/quote:2zmpemgj]Yes, they are. I can't believe I hadn't listened to them sooner. I listen to a lot of jazz and fussion, why did I overlook these guys? More bands. Ephel Duath Canvis Solaris Alarum Nevermore Mono (japan) Pungent Stench Necrophagist Melechesh Meshuggah Orphaned Land Opeth I'll probably do another list. :oops: view post


posted 19 Nov 2005, 03:11 in Off-Topic DiscussionList 'Em - Bands by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Nauticus":1zem299b]Oh, an honorable mention is Green Carnation's album, [i:1zem299b]Light of Day, Day of Darkness[/i:1zem299b]. Orchestras, choirs, a metal band, an epic 60 minute song...[/quote:1zem299b]I love the female vocals in the middle of the track. So manic and perfect. view post


posted 24 Nov 2005, 03:11 in Off-Topic DiscussionGeorge Carlin by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Nauticus":plorpkqv]I really wish I got to see it. I love George Carlin. Unfortunately, I don't get HBO.[/quote:plorpkqv]Too bad, HBO is just about the Pinnacle of TV these days. Everything else is trite shit. I could u/l this for anyone interested. Just pm me. view post


posted 10 Dec 2005, 22:12 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by AjDeath, Didact

The Truth - Al Franken. I am just as bitter, Al. After that it Memories Of Ice. view post


posted 10 Dec 2005, 23:12 in Off-Topic DiscussionMovies...? by AjDeath, Didact

I will list some of my favorite movies. Not really a good reviewer, so... Once upon A Time In The West. If you have seen any Sergio Leone, then you will know why I love this movie. There is debate about which is better, The Good The Bad And Theugly, or Once... For my money, better story, better acting, better all around. Expansive epic western with a Female lead. Glengarry Glen Ross - Best dialogue ever written, and one of Pacino's most explosive and slimey deliveries. Alec Baldwin, Spacey, Lemon! All playing slimey, smooth and crooked Real Estate agents. Alec's "Brass Balls" line had me laughing for hours. Will talk about more later. view post


posted 12 Dec 2005, 17:12 in Off-Topic DiscussionMovies...? by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Harrol":5ys1e8ry]I just watched the Syriana. I thought it was a very good movie. It will probably make a lot of people mad by what it is imply. It is certainly worth watching.[/quote:5ys1e8ry]A lot of people probably need to hear what it implies. view post


posted 22 Dec 2005, 04:12 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Mono (Japan) - a speeding car view post


posted 03 Jan 2006, 04:01 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Isis - So Did We view post


posted 03 Jan 2006, 04:01 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat happens when your soul leaves your body? by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="AjDeath":uuyncjfy]EVeryone knows that sceintists are now able to bring at least dogs back to life by removing their blood and replacing it with a subzero saline solution, fixing whatever problem(not yet, for now it is only deep freezing the insides) and putting blood back in? Yeah, so we might know soon.[/quote:uuyncjfy]I was serious about this. view post


posted 13 Jan 2006, 04:01 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

SOundgarden - Fell On Black Days view post


posted 05 Feb 2006, 16:02 in Philosophy DiscussionFree Speech and Tact by AjDeath, Didact

If you put limits on speech then it really wouldn't be free now would it? A saying comes to mind (forgot who said it) I may disagree with what you say but I would die for your right to say it. view post


posted 27 Mar 2006, 18:03 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Canvas Solaris - Penumbra Diffuse view post


posted 28 Mar 2006, 22:03 in Literature DiscussionRobert Jordan diagnosed with Amyloidosis by AjDeath, Didact

Man if he isn't able to finish this series I will be fricking pissed. Wasted my time reading the last 20 books at least give me some damn closure. view post


posted 28 Mar 2006, 23:03 in Literature DiscussionNeeding some good suggestions. by AjDeath, Didact

I haven't read any fantasy in a while but I recently picked up Fiona MacIntosh's Myrren's Gift and it was excellent. Still waiting for the mail to deliver the other two and can't wait. view post


posted 29 Mar 2006, 02:03 in Literature DiscussionDan Brown by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="drosdelnoch":2zknhr18]Ive read quite a few novels on the hidden meanings in the art of a number of artists, as a starter its not a bad book to begin with AJ.[/quote:2zknhr18]Well then, read The Messiah Legacy. Also non-fiction and by the same authors. Dan Brown and the other author ripped these books off exclusively. I believe there may be legal action taking place now. view post


posted 29 Mar 2006, 19:03 in Literature DiscussionDan Brown by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Entropic_existence":34j7wmu6][quote="AjDeath":34j7wmu6][quote="drosdelnoch":34j7wmu6]Ive read quite a few novels on the hidden meanings in the art of a number of artists, as a starter its not a bad book to begin with AJ.[/quote:34j7wmu6]Well then, read The Messiah Legacy. Also non-fiction and by the same authors. Dan Brown and the other author ripped these books off exclusively. I believe there may be legal action taking place now.[/quote:34j7wmu6] There is, but Leigh et al are going to lose. They were hardly the first ro posit that theory, definitly not the last, and Dan Brown did write his as fiction. They also have the same publisher, so Leigh et al are just shooting themselves in the foot. I read a few of their books, which were interesting, but the main premise and of the Priory de Sion, etc has been thoroughly debunked. The guy who started it all admitted to it being a hoax. Still a good read, and they do present alot of interesting facts about the early church and history in general. That being said... Dan Brown is a hack and a horrible writer. :)[/quote:34j7wmu6]I agree with all of this. Thing is that the end of messiah Legacy they state that the man behind it had admitted the Priory to be a hoax. Their conclusion was "What the hell is going on?" Very interesting that the whole thing leaves them puzzled too. Whatever else, Dan Brown is a hack. view post


posted 31 Mar 2006, 03:03 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by AjDeath, Didact

Reading Blood And Memory by Fiona MacIntosh. Frigging awesome trilogy. view post


posted 03 Apr 2006, 22:04 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Gone back to the Bloodbath as of late. :twisted: view post


posted 05 Apr 2006, 21:04 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Nevermore and Suffocation on rotation. view post


posted 05 Apr 2006, 21:04 in Off-Topic Discussionwhat do you do by AjDeath, Didact

I pave roads privately and for the state of Maine. Construction workers are dumb. :( view post


posted 05 Apr 2006, 21:04 in Off-Topic Discussionhobbies? by AjDeath, Didact

Four things. I swear alot, it is fun, do it. Especially in public because fuck prudes. GW, I take winters off so I play GW and drink a lot. I drink a lot. I play in a DM band that is going nowhere because we are from Maine, but hey, we still kick ass. view post


posted 05 Apr 2006, 21:04 in Literature DiscussionWhy read fantasy? by AjDeath, Didact

Meh, because I enjoy escaping for a while. view post


posted 06 Apr 2006, 23:04 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Indukti view post


posted 17 Apr 2006, 17:04 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Ephel Duath. Jazz, hardcore, black metal. view post


posted 18 Apr 2006, 22:04 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by AjDeath, Didact

Reading Guy Gavriel Kay's Lord Of Emperors. I enjoy Kay quite a bit. view post


posted 18 Apr 2006, 22:04 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Bohren & Der Club of Gore - Sunset Mission - Dead End Angels view post


posted 01 May 2006, 04:05 in Off-Topic DiscussionList 'Em - Bands by AjDeath, Didact

I started out playing guitar and heavy reading at the same time (12), I started out reading fantasy and frigging Grisham and Crichton. Guitar wise I started playing guitar by playing bluegrass, eventually my personality became more pissy and cynical and I moved to metal, now that I have matured a very tiny bit I prefer post rock, jazz, jazz fusion, fusion and classic stuff as well as Death Metal and Thrash. BM comes off as pretentious to me (yes even more so then Post Rock :P ) and really just doesn't do it for me, well, most metal music doesn't for me even though I play that type of music. GO figure? :| :?: view post


Re: Steven Erikson missed the boat on this one: posted 01 May 2006, 04:05 in Literature DiscussionSteven Erikson missed the boat on this one: by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="StegoKing":f9dc851t][b:f9dc851t]Steven Erikson [/b:f9dc851t]was a huge proponent of [b:f9dc851t][i:f9dc851t]The Darkness That Comes Before[/i:f9dc851t][/b:f9dc851t], and indeed all of Bakkers work, and so when he got behind [b:f9dc851t][i:f9dc851t]In The Eye of Heaven[/i:f9dc851t][/b:f9dc851t] by [b:f9dc851t]David Keck[/b:f9dc851t] in a similar manner, I raced to my local bookstore to snatch it up. What a dissapointment. I guess one out of two isn't so bad, but I have to wonder what Erikson was thinking. Perhaps they're old friends. Perhaps Erikson owes Keck some money. ITEoH is one of the worst books I have ever read in any genre. I have a full review blasting it [url=http://speculativereviews.blogspot.com/:f9dc851t][b:f9dc851t]here,[/b:f9dc851t][/url:f9dc851t] if anyone is interested.[/quote:f9dc851t]Meh, publishers send noted authors books to review, big deal. I never listen to what most authors say about eachother anyways. view post


posted 04 May 2006, 22:05 in Literature DiscussionWho is most offensive. by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Xray the Enforcer":2237wg5s]Curse you that I can only vote for one. Goodkind is offensive for sucking so hard. The whole Randian fetish is merely a side offense to the general suckitude. Hubbard...I can't even begin to list his atrocities; they are legion and I'm at work. Heinlein had some interesting ideas, but his adolescent fantasy free-love big-boobed women make me want to spork my eyes out. I haven't read anything by the last two authors.[/quote:2237wg5s]This post made my day. Awesome. view post


posted 01 Jun 2006, 01:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Brahm_K":2xqzf08p][quote="sunnKHANN":2xqzf08p][quote="Xray the Enforcer":2xqzf08p]Never enjoyed Catcher in the Rye. [/quote:2xqzf08p] Portents :( I'm about to start reading that. :?[/quote:2xqzf08p] Don't listen :wink: ... Its a bit strange, but a great book. [/quote:2xqzf08p] Yeah, I don't understand the Salinger hate at all. view post


posted 01 Jun 2006, 01:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionList 'Em - Bands by AjDeath, Didact

Heironymus Bosch (tech death with a twist from Russia) are my current favs of the moment. view post


posted 09 Sep 2006, 20:09 in Literature Discussiongreat reads in fantasy? by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Brahm_K":3u34n0ph]I second Werthead's Guy Gavriel Kay reccomendation (and all the books he reccomended), but above all I reccomend Kay's Sarantine Mosaic (composed of Sailing to Sarantium and Lord of Emperors). Fantasy does not get much better than that.[/quote:3u34n0ph]i third this, he may be my favorite fantasy author actually. Sorry Scott. view post


posted 08 Nov 2006, 21:11 in Off-Topic DiscussionOther forums frequented by AjDeath, Didact

Been a long time since I have been here but I frequent 2 other boards, Ruthless Reviews.com's boards and a metal board turned exile board when it got kicked from Ultimatemetal.com. We never really talked about metal, it was just extremely off topic and offensive. view post


posted 30 Nov 2006, 16:11 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Last "heavy" album I listened to Was Isis - In the Absence Of Truth. Been listening to Audioslaves first album a lot. :oops: view post


posted 13 Jan 2007, 17:01 in Literature DiscussionAnne Rice- over discriptive thinly veiled gay porn? by AjDeath, Didact

I can describe her writing with one word. Poop. I don't care about the sexual crap, fact of the matter, poop. view post


posted 13 Jan 2007, 17:01 in Literature DiscussionNo more Elves. Innovative, Violent and Thought-provoking. by AjDeath, Didact

Hmm, you mentioned Guy Kay Gavriel, and I cannot recommend his works enough. I have read from Tigana onward (fav being Lions Of Al Rassan) And each book I have read (out of sequence) has been better and more enjoyable then the last and I think that is because I cannot get enough of his stuff. view post


posted 03 Feb 2007, 22:02 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Hieronymous Bosch - Artificial emotions. Not the painter, Russian band. view post


posted 05 Feb 2007, 20:02 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Still Hieronymous Bosch. Brilliant stuff. view post


posted 18 Mar 2007, 03:03 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="gierra":3lacpqm2]pungent stench- been caught buttering[/quote:3lacpqm2] Holy crap, I listened to that the other day, loved Ampeauty and cannot wait for their new album to come out. As of now though I am listening to Jerry Cantrell's first album Boggy Depot. view post


posted 20 Mar 2007, 20:03 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by AjDeath, Didact

Now reading Hunter S.Thompson - Kingdom of Fear. view post


Re: Some other authors to look at: posted 26 Mar 2007, 04:03 in Literature DiscussionOk so I feel like ive read every good author in existence. by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Dassem Ultor":32rfwf5e]Consider the following (hands Bill Nye his obligatory nickel): Glen Cook is an excellent author .... the Black company is well plotted Steven Brust is very good as well .... The Phoenix Guards is a good place to start. Charles De Lint ................. Try Svaha if you can find it ... myths with a twist Elizabeth Moon............... The Deed of Paksenarrion is excellent ... not for the plot which is average at best but the realistic look at combat in the sword and sorcery world is interesting David Drake .................. Grab yourself a copy of The Lord of the Isles David Gemmel .............. A bit repetitive in his plotting but Legend is a must read. The Eddings ................. Just for the setting and character development in the first four books. Plotting is a bit ho hum but I loved them as a young adult for their deft growth of character and some nifty down home description of places like Aunt Pol's Kitchen. Steven Erikson .......... Similar to Cook and much more interesting in his characters and plotting. Those should keep you busy for a bit. Enjoy :D[/quote:32rfwf5e] David Drake, wow, if there is any author that uses the same plot line in every book, it is him. Gemmel was awesome, not heavy reading but some great books like Legend, Darkmoon and The Rigante novels. Going to miss him a bit. view post


posted 13 Apr 2007, 04:04 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Anthrax - Inside Out view post


posted 15 Apr 2007, 19:04 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by AjDeath, Didact

Exodus - Deathamphetamine view post


posted 09 May 2007, 20:05 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by AjDeath, Didact

I finally got The Thousandfold Thought. :oops: Really enjoying it so far. view post


posted 12 May 2007, 14:05 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Harrol":3k9l54k0]Wow that was quite a wait. You have some patience, I bought mine on the release date.[/quote:3k9l54k0] Holy crap was it awesome, go Akka. view post


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