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posted 14 Apr 2005, 00:04 in Literature DiscussionThe Chronicles of Thomas Covenant (first series) by Scilvenas, Auditor

Forgive the new guy for making his first post in another author's thread, but yeah, Donaldson's great. If you like your fantasy hard and dark (imagine that's just about everybody here), you can't go wrong with the Chrons. I'm a regular at [url=http://kevinswatch.ihugny.com:puy33cso]Kevin's Watch[/url:puy33cso], Donaldson's offical message board. view post


posted 14 Apr 2005, 00:04 in The Darkness That Comes Beforekellhus == good guy?? by Scilvenas, Auditor

I wouldn't say he's a bad guy. The problem is trying to judge him by "normal person" standards. He's quite a bit beyond "normal" in ability. If you judge him by a lower standard, a human standard, he appears almost evil. No, I think the problems might arise if he ever becomes capable of judging by human standards. view post


posted 14 Apr 2005, 00:04 in The Darkness That Comes Beforejust read the book.... by Scilvenas, Auditor

Saw the blurb by Erikson on the cover of the second book. If Donaldson recommended Erikson and Erikson was good... view post


posted 14 Apr 2005, 00:04 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeMoenghus = Mallahet? by Scilvenas, Auditor

[quote="Sovin Nai":30mhrkyj]Unless it wasn't a mistake, and we're supposed to realize that they are the same, but no characters will?[/quote:30mhrkyj] The stock definition of "dramatic irony", IIRC. view post


Any Wolfe fans? posted 14 Apr 2005, 01:04 in Literature DiscussionAny Wolfe fans? by Scilvenas, Auditor

Just checking to see how many people here have broken their teeth on anything harder than Goodkind and Jordan. view post


posted 15 Apr 2005, 20:04 in Off-Topic DiscussionErikson? by Scilvenas, Auditor

There are also people who don't like Tolstoy, Joyce, Faulkner, and Hemmingway. Just because you don't enjoy reading it doesn't mean it's badly written. I will say, however, that his writing is typically English: a bit dry with different punctuation and spacing than many are used to. view post


posted 16 Apr 2005, 13:04 in Off-Topic DiscussionErikson? by Scilvenas, Auditor

Among SF authors, yes, I believe Erikson is in that league. However, that wasn't my point. You said it was poorly written. That is simply not the case, and please forgive me, but I don't think you're qualified to make that statement. It's fine if you didn't like the characters, plot, etc. We're all entitled to our opinions, but quality of writing is less subjective. view post


posted 17 Apr 2005, 11:04 in Off-Topic DiscussionErikson? by Scilvenas, Auditor

[quote="Faelcind Il Danach":ykz2dmbd]...the statement was firmly coached as my own perception... I don't want to get in a big argument about "objective" merits...[/quote:ykz2dmbd] That doesn't leave much to talk about, then, does it? And look, I'm not saying Erikson is the next James Joyce . You're making a bit of a deductive reasoning error. I'm just saying some people don't like authors, regardless of talent. And I [b:ykz2dmbd]believe[/b:ykz2dmbd] that when people look back at the fantasy writers around the turn of the century, Erikson's name will stand with others like Mieville, Martin, and Bakker. view post


Movie - Primer posted 19 Apr 2005, 00:04 in Off-Topic DiscussionMovie - Primer by Scilvenas, Auditor

I just watched this today (perk of the 2nd job at Hollywood that I get to see them before they hit the shelves). I gotta say, it's one hell of a movie. Sci-fi flick about time travel. About ten times as hard to get your head around as Memento and none of the Donnie Darko pseudo-depth (not saying Donnie Darko was bad, just that some people make more out of it than it is). Apparently, it cost $7,000 to make. view post


posted 21 Apr 2005, 19:04 in Off-Topic DiscussionGay marriage: for or against its legalization in the US? by Scilvenas, Auditor

Well, if said transgendered person had already won all the contests that would allow him to enter the Miss World pageant, he's obviously good. If he can compete, why not? Unless we all just admit that the only reason we really watch such things are for the hot chicks and ensuing carnal desires that arise. view post


posted 21 Apr 2005, 20:04 in Philosophy DiscussionDo you believe a God exists? by Scilvenas, Auditor

I have no tea. (forgive me if that's too obscure of a reference) view post


posted 27 May 2005, 17:05 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat we look like by Scilvenas, Auditor

http://kevinswatch.ihugny.com/phpBB2/al ... .php?id=62 view post


posted 27 May 2005, 18:05 in Author Q & AA few questions . . . by Scilvenas, Auditor

Going back to Kellhus' extraordinary fighting abilities: I couldn't help noticing a similarity to the description of some martial arts masters' (Aikido, specifically, if memory serves) ability to almost see, certainly to sense, projected lines of force from projectile weapons, allowing them, more or less, to dodge bullets. In turn I was reminded, though certainly it's only my own inference, of the Grammaton Clerics' [url=http://www.gunkatta.com/home.htm:21nee6oq]gunkatta[/url:21nee6oq] in the movie [i:21nee6oq]Equilibrium[/i:21nee6oq], and, to a much lesser extent, of Neo in The Matrix. My question is, when it comes to catching arrows, is Kellhus that fast or is he that precise? view post


posted 28 May 2005, 19:05 in Off-Topic DiscussionAnd now for something totally idiotic - BK v McDonalds by Scilvenas, Auditor

Given the choice between McD's and BK, I'd probably go with McD's. BK used to have a much better menu, but now... That being said, forget both of 'em. Give me Hardies, Arbys, or Jack in the Box or In & Out Burger (west coast only... stupid east coast) any day. Or Arctic Circle if you're allowed to go back in time... Sonic if you're not. I don't eat fast food that often, but when I do, I want it to be gooood. McD's and BK are the vanilla icecream (imitation at that) of the fast food business. view post


posted 30 May 2005, 13:05 in Off-Topic DiscussionNeed Help with a Reading List... by Scilvenas, Auditor

Book of the New Sun by Wolfe Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Donaldson Neverness by Zindell view post


Re: My two cents.. posted 02 Jun 2005, 18:06 in Philosophy DiscussionOrson Scott Card and Homosexual Marriage by Scilvenas, Auditor

[quote="Kidruhil Lancer":29ky2mt1]I don't see why they shouldn't get married... but getting married in a church or having a minister say "by the power invested in me by God.." just wouldn't be right.[/quote:29ky2mt1] I agree with you, and I am not a Christian. However, it's important to note that, just like the word "marriage," "god" and to a lesser extent "church" are not the exclusive domain of christians. More importantly, not every christian (or christian sect that may have a church) believes in the strict interpretation of the bible that proclude's gay marriage (for example, look at how many christians believe in ghosts or having their pets with them in heaven and such). In a society whose government forbids the imposition of any single faith on the whole and grants favorable status for marriage to the whole, the government can't define marriage or allow a single group to define it. view post


Multiplexing? posted 03 Jun 2005, 15:06 in Author Q & AMultiplexing? by Scilvenas, Auditor

I'm sitting at home the other day, thinking about an old story idea I had (came from an instructor with a heavy accent saying "narrow band" but sounding like "neuroband") equating minds with radios. And then I thought of multiplexing. Basically, the human mind can consciously process, IIRC, between one and two hundred bits of information per second, basically being able to listen to four or five conversations at once, being able to participate in two, etc. But if you have a formula for parsing many events and sampling them sequentially (time division multiplexing) you could probably expand that several times over, I thought. "Great, Syl, but what's your question?" Well, this has nothing to do with the thousandfold thought, does it? Will Kellhus go from multitasking to multiplexing? Not that I want spoilers, I've just seen too many ideas swallowed by the collective unconscious to waste time on another one (which probably means I should do more writing and less thinking). view post


posted 03 Jun 2005, 23:06 in Philosophy DiscussionOrson Scott Card and Homosexual Marriage by Scilvenas, Auditor

Didn't the ten commandments also happen before The Grace? Seems to be more proof of the picking and choosing. Taken from the answer to the quiz [url=http://www.ffrf.org/quiz:12wi4omz]here[/url:12wi4omz] [quote:12wi4omz]Don't boil a young goat in the milk of its mother. --Believe it or not, this prohibition in Exodus 34:26 is the official tenth commandment, from the only set of stone tablets that were called "the ten commandments." There were three sets of commandments: 1) The first time Moses came down from Mount Sinai with commandments, he merely recited a list (Exodus 20:2-17), which is the version most churches today erroneously call the "Ten Commandments," although they were not engraved on stone tablets and not called "the ten commandments." 2) The first set of stone tablets was given to Moses at a subsequent trip up the mountain (Exodus 31:18). In this farcical story, Moses petulantly destroyed those tablets when he saw the people worshipping the golden calf (Exodus 32:19). 3) So he went back for a replacement. God told Moses: "Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest." (Exodus 34:1) Here is what was on the replacement tablets (from Exodus 34:14-26): 1) Thou shalt worship no other God. 2) Thou shalt make thee no molten gods. 3) The feast of unleavened bread shalt thou keep. 4) Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest. 5) Thou shalt observe the feast of weeks. 6) Thrice in the year shall all your menchildren appear before the Lord God. 7) Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven. 8) Neither shall the sacrifice of the feast of the passover be left until the morning. 9) The first of the firstfruits of thy land shalt thou bring unto the house of the Lord thy God. 10) Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother's milk. Keep this in mind next time you are tempted to boil a goat. This list differs, obviously, from the one in Exodus 20 (was God's memory faulty?), but it is only this list that is called the "Ten Commandments": "And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments." (Exodus 34:28) [/quote:12wi4omz] edit- stupid emoticons. they should, of course, be "8 )" view post


posted 06 Jun 2005, 22:06 in Author Q & AMultiplexing? by Scilvenas, Auditor

I think if you missed my point, which is completely understandable, I'm safe. To explain it in terms other than radio principles, though, imagine you have a computer system that tracks ballistic missiles. It can track, say, up to five objects, and plot their future coordinates. But if you sampled each trajectory, say at 1/6th of a second (and following Xeno's logic, you could, theoretically, divide a second into infinite portions), you're now able to track and plot 30 objects, albeit with less fidelity. I wish I had thought of the probability trance in that regard, but I was thinking of something more conscious. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I had assumed the probability trance to be akin to meditation (though true zen masters are said to be meditating in every action). I had pictured the thousandfold thought to be a thought divided by itself a thousand times, being an effective way of managing a mob of millions. I suppose it could work the other way? The thousandfold thought being extreme memetic manipulation? That, though, is just fishing (or "easter egging" as we say in the electronics tech world). Thanks for letting me ramble. view post


posted 12 Jun 2005, 15:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionBakker Biography Material Unearthed! by Scilvenas, Auditor

Hunter S. Thompson would be proud of that post. Good work. view post


posted 14 Jun 2005, 01:06 in Literature DiscussionWhat science-fiction and/or fantasy series do you prefer? by Scilvenas, Auditor

Same as Murrin. view post


posted 16 Jun 2005, 20:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionAnd now for something totally idiotic - BK v McDonalds by Scilvenas, Auditor

The only places I've ever seen that don't offer the salads and stuff are the express ones, like in gas stations. Not that you ever see anyone order a salad... view post


posted 21 Jun 2005, 18:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionWoT by Scilvenas, Auditor

Gotta say Oprah, as it would only involve one second of pain, and I'm sure I've stumbled across worse on the internet (some links could really use a bit more description). Jordan would be a close second, but since he's a dude... But y'know, as much as I hate to admit it, I will read the next book (a library copy, of course). I'll probably hate it, just like the last one, but: [quote:h47q03bf]...for now I am bent to know By the worst means the worst. For mine own good All causes shall give way. I am in blood Steeped so far that, should I wade no more, Returning were as tedious as go o'er.[/quote:h47q03bf] view post


posted 21 Jun 2005, 18:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Scilvenas, Auditor

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posted 21 Jun 2005, 18:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionAnd now for something totally idiotic - BK v McDonalds by Scilvenas, Auditor

[url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A155954:41a4wsww]McGuinea[/url:41a4wsww] [url=http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6281125/:41a4wsww]Pigs[/url:41a4wsww] [size=59:41a4wsww]participating restaurants only. limited time offer. valid only in Peru. see your local store for details. McGuinea Pig is the licensed trademark property of McDonalds Corp.[/size:41a4wsww] view post


posted 21 Jun 2005, 18:06 in Author Q & AChorae issues by Scilvenas, Auditor

I watched the first episode of Firefly. Wasn't impressed enough to watch it again (plus my TV was pretty much set to the Sci-Fi channel on Friday nights back then). view post


posted 21 Jun 2005, 18:06 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat happens when your soul leaves your body? by Scilvenas, Auditor

I'm still not convinced I will ever die. view post


posted 22 Jun 2005, 00:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Scilvenas, Auditor

A couple tracks from the new Dredg album. Too much like their first album so far, which is to say, a little soft. view post


posted 22 Jun 2005, 00:06 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat introduced you to philosophy? by Scilvenas, Auditor

Saw [url=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1556590229/qid=1119399503/sr=8-2/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl14/102-4306531-9632151?v=glance&s=books&n=507846:33br6qj2]this[/url:33br6qj2] in the bargain bin at the UNR bookstore when I was about 17. Next it was probably [url=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1563054671/qid=1119399659/sr=8-1/ref=pd_bbs_ur_1/102-4306531-9632151?v=glance&s=books&n=507846:33br6qj2]this[/url:33br6qj2] which made me realize how universal some of the ideas were. view post


posted 25 Jun 2005, 14:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionPrince of Nothing Film by Scilvenas, Auditor

I went with Rob, too, just because I'd like to see it, but my real pick would be Darren Aronofsky. view post


posted 25 Jun 2005, 14:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Scilvenas, Auditor

Bosoms view post


posted 27 Jun 2005, 16:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Scilvenas, Auditor

Clutch Robot Hive : Exodus view post


posted 27 Jun 2005, 16:06 in Author Q & ALocal Writing Groups by Scilvenas, Auditor

Well, y'know, Chuck Palahniuk contributes to an on-line workshop... Of course, now the site's gone pay, and that sucks. But an R. Scott Bakker workshop would be incredible. I'd even submit my stuff (though considering how well the last time I submitted anything online went...). Which leads me to a question: What do you call your style of writing? Do you see yourself on the advent of a new type of fantasy? If so, do you consider yourself in the vanguard? view post


posted 03 Jul 2005, 02:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Scilvenas, Auditor

Life (yep) view post


posted 06 Jul 2005, 17:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionNeed help with holes!!! by Scilvenas, Auditor

Not that I agree with guest over there, but piercing, even the industrial, lobe, .1 gauge, etc varieties have gone from counterculture, to cool, to mainstream, and are now on the downhill slide to squaredom. You could probably get a few more months in, but unless you're in asia or the boondocks.... Now, if you actually like piercings, cool. f*** the mob. But if that's the case, why poll for it? view post


posted 06 Jul 2005, 17:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Scilvenas, Auditor

coward view post


posted 09 Jul 2005, 17:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Scilvenas, Auditor

scream view post


posted 13 Jul 2005, 20:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Scilvenas, Auditor

Dream Theatre - Octavarium It might be good if I could get past the Air Supply/Europ sound of the lead vocalist. But I can't, so it sucks. view post


posted 17 Jul 2005, 12:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Scilvenas, Auditor

[i:1mwspmnr]Od Magic[/i:1mwspmnr] by Patricia McKillip view post


posted 19 Jul 2005, 00:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Scilvenas, Auditor

Never heard of it. view post


posted 19 Jul 2005, 00:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Scilvenas, Auditor

A couple of bands I've never ran across before. Isis and Therapy?.... courtesy of allmusic.com. view post


posted 22 Jul 2005, 14:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionStarring "Insert Actor Here" as Kelhuss! by Scilvenas, Auditor

Because of Equilibrium, I'd almost say Bale, but I can't quite see him inspiring people's unquestioning love and trust. Pitt, maybe? Meh. How old is Kellhus, anyway? Can I just say "anybody but Orlando Bloom"? view post


Od Magic - Patricia A. McKillip posted 22 Jul 2005, 14:07 in ReviewsOd Magic - Patricia A. McKillip by Scilvenas, Auditor

This is standard McKillip. Good, just how you'd expect. In fact, that's the only bad thing you can say about the book. There's no real tragic turn of events, nothing all that painful. Everything gets resolved nicely, giving you warm fuzzies. There are a lot of character POVs. The story follows a gardener who's asked by a great, mysterious wizardess to come work at her school. The antagonist is a young, well-intentioned if too serious wizard who is the counselor to the king, a bit of a McCarthy figure who suspects the gardner is involved in an ominous plot. It ends up being a quaint little homily about the dangers of setting bounds on creativity/freedom of expression in the pursuit of national security. 7.5/10 view post


posted 01 Aug 2005, 01:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Scilvenas, Auditor

box view post


posted 02 Aug 2005, 19:08 in Author Q & APrince of Nothing on TV/Big Screen by Scilvenas, Auditor

Immortal was definately different. It might have actually been good if it had been consistent. The animation was great at some parts, N64-ish almost at others. The plot was interesting, but was ultimately diluted by too many sub-plots. I could see it being a good series, but as a movie... view post


posted 04 Aug 2005, 21:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat we look like by Scilvenas, Auditor

TH, high five on the quitting. A little over a month on my part. view post


posted 04 Aug 2005, 23:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionAges by Scilvenas, Auditor

28 view post


posted 04 Aug 2005, 23:08 in Author Q & AA few questions . . . by Scilvenas, Auditor

[quote="Cu'jara Cinmoi":fvy0qjk8][quote:fvy0qjk8]1. Is it possible for unions between Sranc and Men to have offspring?[/quote:fvy0qjk8] No. Though it is possible with Nonmen.[/quote:fvy0qjk8] So would the offspring of Sranc and Nonmen be infertile, then (same genus, different species)? view post


posted 06 Aug 2005, 14:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Scilvenas, Auditor

Dead Meadow - [i:1e7zpd0o]Feathers[/i:1e7zpd0o] view post


posted 06 Aug 2005, 15:08 in The Warrior ProphetThe Few and Kellhus by Scilvenas, Auditor

Kellhus is obviously meant to be [i:19h76io7]seen as[/i:19h76io7] a Christ figure. There's way too much talk of him being the New Prophet (a real/false prophet following Sejenus) or a Latter Day Prophet for it not to be. Curiously, if anybody's read the Dragonbone Chair books, Williams also uses a tree to crucify his Christ figure, Usires Aedon. I'm not sure if there's a literary/theological reference to both of these uses, but there is a definite blurring of the lines in Bakker's case to form a resemblence to Odin. Anybody know offhand or can look up how long Kellhus hung from the tree? Am I wrong in thinking the big tree had a name of some sort (I doubt it was Yggdrasil... I seriously need to stop relying on the library for my books)? view post


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

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. view post


posted 17 Aug 2005, 00:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Scilvenas, Auditor

Friday view post


posted 17 Aug 2005, 23:08 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat is Philosophy? by Scilvenas, Auditor

From [i:2ulv5bz2]The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy[/i:2ulv5bz2] [quote:2ulv5bz2] (Gk., love of knowledge or wisdom) The study of the most general and abstarct features of the world and categories with which we think: mind, matter, reason, proof, rruth, etc. In philosophy, the concepts with which we approach the world themselves become the topic of enquiry. A philosophy of a discipline such as history, physics, or law seeks not to so much to solve historical, physical, or legal questions, as to study the concepts that structure such thinking , and to lay bare their foundations and presuppositions. In this sense philosophy is what happens when a practice becomes self-conscious. The borderline between such 'second-order' reflection, and ways of practising the first order discipline itself, is not always clear: philosophical problems may be tamed by the advance of a discipline, and the conduct of a discipline may be swayed by philosophical reflection ([i:2ulv5bz2]see also[/i:2ulv5bz2]owl of Minerva). AT different times there has been more or less optimism about the possibility of a pure or 'first' philosophy, taking an *[i:2ulv5bz2]a priori[/i:2ulv5bz2] standpoint from which other intellectual practices can be impartially assessed and subjected to logical evaluation and correction ([i:2ulv5bz2]see[/i:2ulv5bz2] methodology). The late 20th-century spirit of the subject is hostile to any such possibility, and prefers to see philosphical reflection as continuous with the best practice of any field of intellectual enquiry.[/quote:2ulv5bz2] Knew I bought that thing for a reason. view post


posted 17 Aug 2005, 23:08 in Philosophy DiscussionDo you believe a God exists? by Scilvenas, Auditor

I'm going to steal my own post from somewhere else for this one. First off, I'd like to point out the [url=http://www.belief.net/story/76/story_7665_1.html:3vutqdz2]belief-o-matic[/url:3vutqdz2]. According to it, I'm a Universal Unitarian. But since just about anybody could be one, I suppose I should elaborate. I call myself a zen solipsist. The solipsist bit because zen isn't exactly a religion, and the zen bit because I'm not exactly a solipsist. I believe the only way to understand the universe is to understand yourself, and vice versa. I believe in paradox in everything. I believe in absolute free will and absolute determinism. Not because they conflict, but because they are both equal expressions of the nature of reality; either one works, but not both. I believe that there is no god, that the universe is god, that as a part of the universe we all are god, and that I am the only god whose existence I can rationalize. I believe that Jesus was just a man, but I believe he was mankind's savior and even died for my sins. (truly explaining this would take a lot of time, and for most people, would be considered a stretch... perhaps even blasphemous. You are Jesus, and so am I.) I don't believe in an afterlife or reincarnation, but I do believe that the being who resides in me will reside in everyone and everything else or already has. I don't consider this being separate from myself. I know I've told this story elsewhere and maybe even here, but I'll tell it again. I was raised Mormon. I found myself unable to believe in God as I was taught around the age of 16. I started looking into a lot of other religions, eastern philosophy - zen, buddhism, and some taoism - the only things that really struck a cord with me. I got heavily into Zen, probably just because it sounded so cool (where is the hole when the cheese is gone?). I gathered a loose set of quasi-theological beliefs I called Frostism. It wasn't anything I really believed, but at least it was something. Believing myself an atheist was deeply disturbing for me. A couple years later, while studying in Monterey at the Defense Language Institute, a girl I knew jokingly asked me why I was so weird. I told her it would take some time to give her an answer thorough enough to truly explain me. So later that night I'm sitting in my barracks room, trying to write it down on paper. My first answer was that I wasn't weird. It's just that other people's point of view was too far removed from my own to be able to make sense of it. The problem with that answer was that it gave me too much credit, placed my view above others. So I had to argue the other side. If all other points of view see me as weird, what difference does my own point of view make? It might as well not exist. I am weird. I couldn't find a way to make both ideas work, and I couldn't say one of them was wrong. That's when it hit me. I solved my own koan and had, what I thought at the time, an enlightenment (I've come to realize it was an awakening). Everything was clear to me. I understood my own nature, that of the universe, and my place within it. I knew how it all works and what it all meant. Everything I had read on zen suddenly made sense in the most simple way possible. It wasn't cryptic for the sake of being cryptic, but because every thing in the universe contradicted itself because nothing is independant. The truth is so simple that most of us look past it without even seeing it. Imagine the universe is a tennis ball. If you cut all the pieces up, it would still be a tennis ball. Each piece is still made of tennis ball stuff, so tennis-ballness runs through everything, so everything is the same, even if all the pieces aren't alike. So take the tennis ball and stick a needle in it. The point at which the needle intersects the surface of the ball can be considered your unique point of view. For all intents and purposes, the tennis ball looks at least subtly different from every possible point of view (infinite points of view, infinite universes). So if the tennis ball moves what happens to the point with the needle through it? It has to move. I consider this an explanation of determinism. The opposite is true, though, isn't it? If the needle moves, the whole ball has to move with it. The effects of one person's actions, no matter how minute, change the universe. Absolute free will. The only viewpoint I can comprehend is my own (though I can reasonably guess at others), and living with the philosphy that nothing I do matters didn't seem like a very good way of going through life. So for simplicity's sake, I chose the path of the solipsist. You can understand yourself to know the universe, or you can understand the universe to know yourself. They both work because in the end, they're the same thing. view post


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

dead view post


posted 18 Aug 2005, 23:08 in Philosophy DiscussionDo you believe a God exists? by Scilvenas, Auditor

Thankee, sai. ;) view post


posted 18 Aug 2005, 23:08 in Author Q & AeXXXtremely Important questions which require answers. by Scilvenas, Auditor

Throw in some question marks and you call 'em [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interrobang:1s4t9yya]Interrobang[/url:1s4t9yya]ers... um, or something. view post


posted 19 Aug 2005, 17:08 in Philosophy DiscussionDo you believe a God exists? by Scilvenas, Auditor

I understand where you're coming from, H, and I think I pretty much agree with you. I'm just saying the distinction is a matter of perception. If you had no knowledge of Cause 1, you would see the choice springing from you. If you chose to suddenly like Chocolate, chances are you could. That doesn't mean something external didn't cause you to change your mind, though. But trying to trace back all the causes that lead to any one event is much like trying to count your reflection between two mirrors. It's simply easier to take responsibility for everything you do and act accordingly. view post


posted 20 Aug 2005, 13:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Scilvenas, Auditor

brights view post


posted 21 Aug 2005, 21:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Scilvenas, Auditor

NIN - Downward Spiral view post


posted 21 Aug 2005, 21:08 in Literature DiscussionWhat subgroup of speculative fiction do you prefer? by Scilvenas, Auditor

Funny, couldn't tell. ;) view post


posted 21 Aug 2005, 21:08 in Author Q & AAdvanced Reader Copies? by Scilvenas, Auditor

Yep. I'd be happy to favorably review the book on my site if I had an ARC... or if I had a site... or if I reviewed books. So, uh, how 'bout it? view post


posted 22 Aug 2005, 19:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionWords You Like or Don't Like by Scilvenas, Auditor

Umbelliferous, because it sounds fake. view post


posted 24 Aug 2005, 16:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat kind of flame warrior are you? by Scilvenas, Auditor

Too funny. Going to steal that and post it elsewhere if you don't mind. Personally, I fancy myself a philosopher or a kung fu master, but I imagine most people do. I can easily see myself falling into other categories, as well. Profundus Maximus, especially. Let's see... atheist, blowhard, centurion, ideologue, lamer, and maybe others. view post


posted 28 Aug 2005, 00:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Scilvenas, Auditor

Toadies - "plane crash" view post


posted 01 Sep 2005, 22:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionStarring "Insert Actor Here" as Kelhuss! by Scilvenas, Auditor

Let me preface my post by saying we're all entitled to our opinions, and there's nothing that would make my opinion any better than yours. But in my opinion... Jessica Alba as Serwe? Are you serious? I don't have the books, and I'm not one for that kind of detail, but I could swear Serwe is blonde and fair. Besides which, Alba simply cannot act. Saying she's a bad actress gives her too much credit, mainly by implying that she's an actress, not just a model with lines. Now, if you're saying you want to see her brutalized simply because she's so horrible, then I'm all for it. Might as well nominate Keanu Reeves for Proyas and Dolph Lundgren as Cnaur. view post


posted 09 Sep 2005, 17:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat kind of flame warrior are you? by Scilvenas, Auditor

Seems more like simple observations to me. ;) view post


posted 09 Sep 2005, 17:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionIf you don't want to get caught, then refrain from dying. by Scilvenas, Auditor

[quote:205xricp]...he died of acute peritonitis due to perforation of the colon.[/quote:205xricp] That just sounds unpleasant. view post


posted 10 Sep 2005, 20:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Scilvenas, Auditor

Finntroll - Nattfodd view post


posted 11 Sep 2005, 00:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Scilvenas, Auditor

Fu Manchu - Ojo Rojo view post


posted 22 Sep 2005, 23:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Scilvenas, Auditor

Ween - Shinola vol. 1 view post


posted 25 Sep 2005, 21:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Scilvenas, Auditor

QOTSA - "Avon" view post


posted 25 Sep 2005, 21:09 in Literature DiscussionFavorite books/series by Scilvenas, Auditor

Just finished it last week. I'm still a little bitter. And it's not the resolution, it's the execution of it... just left a bad taste in my mouth. The last couple of books were just off. view post


posted 25 Sep 2005, 21:09 in Author Q & AOther authors you enjoy by Scilvenas, Auditor

I'm a big Donaldson fan, Rider. I've mentioned him a couple times around here. And if you haven't done so yet, I recommend you check out http://kevinswatch.ihugny.com . I'm in the same boat as everyone else when it comes to Jordan. Stopped buying his books years ago. Now I just check them out from the library when a new one comes out, and that's just so I can finish the damn thing. view post


posted 27 Sep 2005, 02:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Scilvenas, Auditor

Desert Sessions - "I Wanna Make It With You" Earlier I was listening to Primus' [i:32f2cpwh]Frizzle Fry[/i:32f2cpwh]. view post


*pokes the board with a stick* posted 27 Sep 2005, 02:09 in Off-Topic Discussion*pokes the board with a stick* by Scilvenas, Auditor

Anybody got a mirror? Seriously, are we all in a pre-TTT doldroms? Everyone back to school, what? Fine, that's the new topic. What are you so busy doing that you can't be bothered to post pointless s*** on the board? Me, I've been working out like a madman (relatively speaking), playing poker, downloading music, and being Mr. Mom at home. view post


List 'Em - Bands posted 27 Sep 2005, 02:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionList 'Em - Bands by Scilvenas, Auditor

If there's any kind of thread that people will respond to, it's the dreaded list (even if it's already been done before several times, which it might have been). And since music seems to be about the only thing going these days... So top five 1. Clutch 2. Queens of the Stone Age 3. Tool 4. Pelican 5. Alice in Chains Honorable Mentions: A Perfect Circle, Bad Religion, Calexico, Dredg, Failure, GnR, Metallica, Tom Waits, Ween view post


posted 27 Sep 2005, 18:09 in Off-Topic Discussion*pokes the board with a stick* by Scilvenas, Auditor

[quote="Murrin":38tfeagq]Too busy posting [url=http://kevinswatch.ihugny.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=7896:38tfeagq]pointless s***[/url:38tfeagq] elsewhere.[/quote:38tfeagq] Ok, I think I can sign off on that one. ;) view post


posted 28 Sep 2005, 16:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionMovies...? by Scilvenas, Auditor

Never got the whole Sideways thing. Working in a video store when it came out, I found there were only two types of people. Those who love the movie and those who hate it (there was even one woman who came in and demanded a refund because it was too vulgar... despite the warnings on the back of the display box). *shrug* I love wine, but other than a few funny moments, the movie did nothing for me. None of the characters in the film gave me much reason to either empathize with them or find them interesting. Great performances, even if I don't agree with the director's love of Giamatti. view post


posted 12 Oct 2005, 23:10 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat happens when your soul leaves your body? by Scilvenas, Auditor

[quote="Randal":2wbhrk8q]What happens when your soul leaves your body? It gets eaten by a Grue. ... ... Sorry. I don't rightly know why I posted that.[/quote:2wbhrk8q] Because it's dark in here? view post


posted 18 Oct 2005, 02:10 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Scilvenas, Auditor

Primus - [i:24qm6fo5]Seas of Cheese[/i:24qm6fo5] view post


posted 21 Oct 2005, 01:10 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Scilvenas, Auditor

Drain STH - "Ace of Spades" (appropriate, since I'm in a poker tourney) view post


posted 21 Oct 2005, 01:10 in Author Q & AAdvanced Reader Copies? by Scilvenas, Auditor

Just kiddin' about the ARC, Scott, but my enthusiasm is genuine. I'd be all about getting my hands on a misprint edition, though. view post


posted 23 Oct 2005, 21:10 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Scilvenas, Auditor

[quote="AjDeath":3eby1esi][quote="Sylvanus":3eby1esi]Drain STH - "Ace of Spades" (appropriate, since I'm in a poker tourney)[/quote:3eby1esi]What happened to Motohead? Ephel Duath - The Painter's Pallete - Irinical Communion (Amber)[/quote:3eby1esi] Yeah, the Motorhead version's better, but I don't have it, unfortunately. view post


posted 31 Oct 2005, 15:10 in Author Q & AYou should be afraid... very, very, afraid. by Scilvenas, Auditor

First, the obligatory [i:28esfjzb]Fight Club[/i:28esfjzb] quote: [quote:28esfjzb]All a gun does is focus an explosion in one direction. You have a class of young strong men and women, and they want to give their lives to something. Advertising has these people chasing cars and clothes they don't need. Generations have been working in jobs they hate, just so they can buy what they don't really need.[/quote:28esfjzb] Second, Echoex, when you say [i:28esfjzb]caveat emptor[/i:28esfjzb], that people should make their own rational decisions, stand up for themselves, well... isn't that what Scott is doing? But instead of responding to each individual ad, he's responding to the tactic. Even more to the point, the response is [i:28esfjzb]in response[/i:28esfjzb] to previous generations of advertisements. I'm sure you're aware that some ads have adverse reactions (for example, the gubernatorial race here in VA took a turn for the worse recently when the Republican candidate argued a bit too fervently for the death penalty), so advertising has already predisposed a decent segment of the population to this position. I know it's in your best interest to promote a general bonhomie for advertising, but you appear, to me, to be saying that the only valid reaction to advertising is a positive or null one. Even if there was some small print at the end of an ad saying something to the effect of "this ad made with neurocasting technology" (wasn't a similar kind of warning proposed for genetically modified foods?), the truth of the situation is that the advantage of resources is still overwhelmingly in the corporate court. The balancing factor is the one of personal choice, and if efforts are made to circumvent that... view post


posted 12 Nov 2005, 22:11 in Off-Topic DiscussionGeorge Carlin by Scilvenas, Auditor

Sorry, man. Had HBO free for two years (despite the fact I told the cable company at least 3 times). They finally turned it off. view post


posted 30 Nov 2005, 14:11 in Author Q & AYou should be afraid... very, very, afraid. by Scilvenas, Auditor

Why do I find myself suddenly wanting to cheat at cards and hook up with women. Damn you neurocasting!!!! view post


posted 13 Dec 2005, 18:12 in The Thousandfold ThoughtWas Cnauir gay? by Scilvenas, Auditor

I was thinking along the same lines as kansasbarbarian. I don't remember anywhere in the books it said Cnaur and Moenghus had sex (and the fact that he was shocked anyone would think so leads me to believe they didn't... not to mention Scott doesn't seem very hesitant to describe sexual details). I wouldn't rule it out, but I also wouldn't count it as conclusive evidence he's gay (not that there's anything wrong with that) even if he did. I mean, a woman can have a fling with another woman, but if it's a one time thing, people don't usually consider her a lesbian. Besides, anything physical between the two would be the least important dynamic between them, I think. There's no doubt that Cnaur loved Moenghus, I just don't think he did in that way. Defining it in any particular kind of way would probably be too simple. More of a homo crush, if anything. He certainly couldn't have felt anything similar to what he did for his main wife, even if the one was greater. In short, I seriously don't believe he's gay in the way [i:owf414pw]we[/i:owf414pw] think of it. view post


posted 21 Dec 2005, 00:12 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat book or book series reminds you most of PON by Scilvenas, Auditor

Zindell's [i:qf9nkjhx]Neverness[/i:qf9nkjhx]. Plot-wise, the books have nothing in common, but the content and style are very similar. view post


posted 21 Dec 2005, 00:12 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat kind of flame warrior are you? by Scilvenas, Auditor

Thanks for stepping in there. The tension that's been building over the last three months was almost too much to bear. ;) view post


posted 21 Dec 2005, 01:12 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat kind of flame warrior are you? by Scilvenas, Auditor

It's all good, man. Just joshin' ya. I'm just glad to see someone posting. view post


posted 21 Dec 2005, 01:12 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Scilvenas, Auditor

Failure - Undone view post


posted 27 Dec 2005, 18:12 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Scilvenas, Auditor

I've been reading Martin's new one, and 200 pages in, I gotta say I don't care for it. view post


posted 06 Jan 2006, 23:01 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Scilvenas, Auditor

Los Natas - [i:125ns3uj]Delmar[/i:125ns3uj] view post


posted 07 Jan 2006, 15:01 in Off-Topic DiscussionList 'Em - Bands by Scilvenas, Auditor

Welcome, MoP. Feel free to stop by the introductions thread so Da'Krul can give you your cookie. Decent list. view post


posted 21 Jan 2006, 06:01 in Off-Topic DiscussionList 'Em - Bands by Scilvenas, Auditor

just because i didn't feel like creating a new topic... www.last.fm (the opening page should give you all the info you need) me = djakfrost view post


posted 28 Jan 2006, 14:01 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat book or book series reminds you most of PON by Scilvenas, Auditor

I dunno, RS, there are a lot of small similarities (as there are bound to be in pretty much any two books), but there is no missing the similarity between the Dunyain and the Cetics, Warrior Poets, and Mallory Ringess after Agathange. [quote:3tagwrf3]The first and hardest teaching of our profession always must be to view the world as through the eyes of a child. -Marinar Adam, Twelfth Lord Cetic We do not see things as they are; we see them as we are. -saying of the cetics[/quote:3tagwrf3] view post


posted 29 Jan 2006, 15:01 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat book or book series reminds you most of PON by Scilvenas, Auditor

Nah, Ahimsa didn't come in until the second book. What I'm talking about, in particular, is the way that Mallory Ringess reads peoples faces to read their programming. [quote:1froxlzd]All of this, I should emphasize, I saw in an instant. I think I was reading most of his programs; possibly I was reading his mind. I never talked to him... I bent over, resting my arms on my knees. I gasped for air. All around were children, men and women, and the statues of my father pilots, and I saw in each the set of muscles and neverves which betrayed their programs. A woman with a slender chest and great, streamlined thighs clumsily landed a waltz jump, and I understood-I "saw at a glance," mistaken programming causing her to catch the outside edge of her skate and nearly stumble. Here a pretty boy cried in frustration because he coldn't cut a decent eigt, and there another laughed to hide the ver same emotion, a program he had probably learned from his stoical father. How many programs command the muscles and thoughts of a human being? There are one million, twenty-seven hundred and six. (I am joking, of course. I record this only because an infamous cetic once set himself the taks of counting and classifying all possible programs, and he gave up after reaching this number. The number and variety of programs is potentially infinite, as is man.) There are programs that determining the fluidity of our speed strokes, and there are programs which lead us to lather our bodies in precisely the same manner every tme we bathe... A few rare people, it seemed, were sometimes able to master their beliefs and run their own programs...[/quote:1froxlzd] And so on and so on. view post


posted 18 Mar 2006, 11:03 in Off-Topic DiscussionHow did you get your username? by Scilvenas, Auditor

I'd used the nick Sylvanus for a long time (registered for a site. wanted something woodsy. figured i'd go with the Roman god of the forests). When Three Seas was having some hiccups, I needed a new username, and the same day I noted the homophonic similarity between my nick and the word [i:26bmb1lp]scilvenas[/i:26bmb1lp], meaning apocolypse, from which the Scilvendi derived their name. view post


posted 18 Mar 2006, 12:03 in Off-Topic DiscussionBattlestar Galactica on SciFi by Scilvenas, Auditor

Great show. Lost some steam in the 2nd season, imo, but still good. view post


posted 26 Mar 2006, 23:03 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Scilvenas, Auditor

Onomotopoia view post


posted 12 Apr 2006, 13:04 in Off-Topic Discussionwhat do you do by Scilvenas, Auditor

Just got out of the Navy in December. Now I make semiconductors and do the Reserves. view post


posted 12 Apr 2006, 13:04 in Off-Topic Discussionhobbies? by Scilvenas, Auditor

Poker. view post


posted 12 Apr 2006, 13:04 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat we look like by Scilvenas, Auditor

[img:3kofu4np]http://myspace-443.vo.llnwd.net/00615/34/43/615523443_l.jpg[/img:3kofu4np] [img:3kofu4np]http://myspace-590.vo.llnwd.net/00599/09/53/599873590_l.jpg[/img:3kofu4np] view post


posted 17 Apr 2006, 17:04 in Off-Topic DiscussionHow odd... by Scilvenas, Auditor

InexOR. You have to put the accent on the OR or else it sounds like a hair care product or diet supplement. Was also thinking Inexorable Man, but it would sound horrible if someone was saying it in a hurry (which people tend to do with superheroes and such). That, and the 'man' part is just way too mysogenistic for this day and age. view post


posted 26 Apr 2006, 17:04 in Off-Topic DiscussionUther Doul v Kellhus by Scilvenas, Auditor

It's been a while since I read [i:19ureqqz]The Scar[/i:19ureqqz] (the only Mieville book I've come close to liking), but under your conditions, I'd go with Kellhus. He's just faster, plus he'd be able to read and predict Doul. view post


posted 26 Apr 2006, 17:04 in Off-Topic DiscussionKellhus: dog or cat person? by Scilvenas, Auditor

Neither. He'd choose whichever suited his needs (or what was available, what used the least resources, etc.), the reliance on anything like 'dog person' or 'cat person' putting emotion over practicality. view post


posted 26 Apr 2006, 17:04 in Off-Topic DiscussionHow did you get your username? by Scilvenas, Auditor

I think there was supposed to be a "how" in that sentence. Something about a dung beetle, wasn't it? view post


posted 27 Apr 2006, 17:04 in Off-Topic DiscussionUther Doul v Kellhus by Scilvenas, Auditor

[quote:34jtpf80]Doulllllllllllllll! Doullllllllllll! Where are my clean skivvies?[/quote:34jtpf80] heh view post


posted 27 Apr 2006, 18:04 in The Thousandfold ThoughtBuddhist connection? by Scilvenas, Auditor

There's definately a connection. Consider the zen buddhist concept of 'form in void' and 'void in form.' Then look at Kellhus training where he has to internally repeat the mantra, dropping a word each cycle, and eventually thinking it without words (which likely prepared him for using sorcery on the same level as the witch king Akka mentioned). [quote="Ikkyu":p2cr8dyo]VOID IN FORM When, just as they are, White dewdrops gather, On scarlet maple leaves, Regard the scarlet beads! FORM IN VOID The tree is stripped, All colour, fragrance gone, Yet already on the bough, Uncaring spring![/quote:p2cr8dyo] There's also quotes something along the lines of [In the beginning, there was nothingness. Then form was created, but the nothingness shines through.] and [A vessel is not of use by it's shape but the emptiness it contains.] *shrug* That said, it becomes a question of it being an intentional connection or it being a universal truth or concept. I'd ask Scott, but he appears to be busy these days. view post


posted 28 Apr 2006, 16:04 in The Thousandfold ThoughtBuddhist connection? by Scilvenas, Auditor

[quote="Anonymous":2l55np4l]The quote about the vessel is from the Daodejing, and hence, technically, Taoism rather than Buddhism, but, well, Taoism was probably a huge influence in the formation of Zen, so it is indeed relevant, anyway. [/quote:2l55np4l] Umm, thanks? But the point was to illustrate the zen concept of form in void (which is inarguably a zen/buddhist concept, but is not to say it isn't one found elsewhere), not exactly to just quote scripture from a religion. Now if Scott had used that quote exactly, it'd be a different story. [quote:2l55np4l]Davidge:"If one receives evil from another, let one not do evil in return. Rather, let him extend love to the enemy, that love might unite them." I've heard all this before... in the human Taalmaan. Jerry: Of course you have. Truth is truth.[/quote:2l55np4l] view post


posted 29 Apr 2006, 12:04 in The Thousandfold ThoughtKellhus's sorcery... by Scilvenas, Auditor

No, hypnosis shouldn't work like that. Fundamentally, it's just communication with the subconscious. You can't hypnotize somebody into doing something they don't (subconsciously) want to do. That in mind, there's a couple of things that could've happened. The obvious: Kellhus spoke with and convinced Seswatha (who had been grafted onto Akka's consciousness), whether genuinely or in typical Kellhus fashion who's to say. The not-so-obvious: Kellhus got into Akka's mind below the level at which Seswatha had been implanted and short circuited the Seswatha block... like hotwiring a car. Either way, deep down, Akka would have to want to teach Kellhus. I also suspect that deep down he knows what Kellhus is like, and that Akka's own desire to punish/destroy himself could only help lead him to teach Kellhus. view post


posted 21 May 2006, 12:05 in Off-Topic Discussionhaha, fine, "the beer thread" happy? by Scilvenas, Auditor

[quote="Curethan":zwv6d702]What kind of beer do you Canadians drink anyway?[/quote:zwv6d702] Molson and Kelly, though don't quote me on the name of the second. My memory of my port visit in Halifax is a bit fuzzy... mostly because of the beer. view post


posted 25 May 2006, 12:05 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat we look like by Scilvenas, Auditor

[*img*]http://linkyourpichere[*/img*] Take away the *s view post


posted 29 May 2006, 16:05 in Off-Topic DiscussionList 'Em - Bands by Scilvenas, Auditor

Didn't care for Om at all, and I dig Sleep. view post


posted 30 May 2006, 13:05 in Off-Topic DiscussionList 'Em - Bands by Scilvenas, Auditor

Honestly, I can't remember why I didn't like it. I just remember suffering through one track then skipping through the rest. I think it was a bit too ambient and out there for my tastes. Makes sense, though, since... Pike?... went to High on Fire whose music is great, but I can't stand the vocals ... probably for the same reason I can never get into The Dillinger Escape Plan. view post


posted 02 Jun 2006, 17:06 in Author Q & AConphas' story by Scilvenas, Auditor

<--disappointed by lack of mushroom. Reminds me of my 'scribing days when I'd see how many times I could type 'taco bueno' in between audio. view post


posted 02 Jun 2006, 17:06 in Author Q &amp; AWill you ever write nonfiction? by Scilvenas, Auditor

Considering how tight the prose is, I'd be surprised if it was fuelled by anything other than caffeine and nicotine. view post


Just wrong, I tell you. posted 02 Jun 2006, 17:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionJust wrong, I tell you. by Scilvenas, Auditor

So I stopped by this new mom and pop bookstore/coffee house yesterday in the small town where I live (Kernersville, NC). Basically, it was a converted two-story house. Small, quaint, very open. I asked the lady working there if Sci-Fi/Fantasy had its own section, or if it was mixed in with the fiction. She said it was mixed in, but there was also some in the juvenile fiction. The juvenile section was right there, so I checked it out first. Looking at the titles... Jordan, yep, Tolkien, eh ok, Heinlein's [i:2xqmzxyj]Stranger in a Strange Land[/i:2xqmzxyj], eh not really (can't imagine any kids making it to the orgies at the end of the book). [i:2xqmzxyj]The Warrior Prophet[/i:2xqmzxyj]? No, no, that won't work. I gave her a brief description of the book, and she moved it. Quickly. Heh. Still, it's good to see Scott represented in such a small market. The lady, the owner, I think, was kind of funny. I think she felt she had to explain why it was there. She has a master's in American Lit, you see, so she doesn't read [i:2xqmzxyj]that[/i:2xqmzxyj] kind of thing. :roll: She was nice, though, so I just left it at that. I guess there aren't any Library Science requirements. *shrug* view post


posted 03 Jun 2006, 11:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionJust wrong, I tell you. by Scilvenas, Auditor

It went something like this: "It's a great book, but I don't think you want it here. There's uh... homosexual rape, incest, a lot of murder and killing. That kind of thing." And as she fled in horror. "But it really is a great book." view post


posted 03 Jun 2006, 20:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionGood Program to rip Streaming videos? by Scilvenas, Auditor

Not free, but [url=http://www.download.com/Black-Widow-Media-Desktop/3000-2166_4-10505368.html?tag=lst-0-1:3ck3dyl3]this one[/url:3ck3dyl3] looks good and it's only 5 bucks to buy. Someone on another site I frequent mentioned one they thought was extremely good, but that site's been down for about a week now, sadly. Not much help, I know. view post


posted 16 Jun 2006, 15:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionThe Hangover Whinge: Why oh Why? + A Misery Poll by Scilvenas, Auditor

The worst hangover you can get is from mixing your liquors, especially beer and hard liquor (I'm sure you guys know the adage: liquor before beer have no fear, beer before liquor never sicker). It's my opinion, also, that the darker the drink, the harder it is on your body (never put that together until my 4 bypass surgery father-in-law was talking about his doctors orders). I've drank my ass off on rot-gut vodka and woke up fresh as a daisy. And I've woke up with hangovers from less than a six-pack. I can't stand tequilla outside of Margueritas, and I've never gotten drunk from 'em, so I have no opinion on Jose. Heh, and if you have to... it's better to use the two fingers Meth... depends on [i:3r2dgp10]which[/i:3r2dgp10] day after. One all nighter? No problem. Avoid sunlight until you get some sleep and eat something. A few... yeah, you might hate the world, but it's in a literal sense. *shrug* Relax, don't watch the news... maybe a bump to take the edge off. Personally, I always found MDMA worse. Mind you, this was all back in the day. It really all comes down to the simple things. Get your fluids (as in water, milk, or real juice... avoid caffeine and too much sugar), make yourself eat something, shower and brush your teeth. *shrug* Guess you can say it's a matter of purity of essence and preserving your precious bodily fluids. view post


posted 22 Jun 2006, 13:06 in Philosophy DiscussionModern Soldiers by Scilvenas, Auditor

Navy. 8 years active duty, currently in the inactive reserves until my job pays the difference in drill pay. I also did my time doing circles in the Red Sea in the middle of the summer (JTF HoA). Fun times. Fuckin' military discount. Give me a break. Nobody really gives a shit when it comes to their own $$$. We give people better discounts because they're old or belong to fucking AAA. Hell, places will advertise a damn student discount, but you have to practically beg to get a military discount ("Welcome to North Carolina, America's Most Military Friendly State"... yeah, only place I've seen a discount is at the Army surpluss store). Face it, more money's been made selling yellow ribbon magnets and little flags than has been 'given away' in military discounts... by several orders of magnitude. It's the serviceman's lot (I've never been called a trooper, and I think I'd laugh my ass off if I ever was... heh, you groundpounders...) to just deal with it. Don't want to go to Iraq? Too bad. Want to see your kid be born. Sorry, buddy. Want a better discount? Pfff, what incentive do I have to give you one? But watch the local businesses scramble when they hear about a base shutting down. BTW, it's Marine [i:643po6bq]Corps[/i:643po6bq], though 'jarheads' will suffice. Sure, most of 'em are dumb as rocks and half as much fun to be around, but you think that guy really has anything to do with the shit you're talking about? If anything, you shoulda given him the discount simply because they love to fight and an arrogant attitude like that would've been more than enough to set most of 'em off. What'd you do, offer lamely that the computer won't let you (<edit>hahahahaha. you did!... played the dumb clerk who can't do crap without a computer.... ooh, what power you wield! Well, he's a marine, so he probably bought it)? Christ, you're in the hotel business. You know you don't g-e-t if you don't a-s-k. Personally, I've gotten a better price at hotels by asking for the 'Manager's Discount' than the military one... which was pointed out to me by a friendly (and cute) hotel clerk. Thankfully, I now have a job that pays well enough that I don't have to try to cut every little corner I can to keep my family fed and clothed. I no longer have to feel like I'm begging to just get a good deal (and that's all it is; I always wore my hair at reg's max and regular clothes and all that so people wouldn't treat me differently). Being the lazy squid I am, and having been stationed at several joint commands (and having friends in every service), if it came to being deployed with the Marines or the Army... please, God, send me with the Army. view post


posted 22 Jun 2006, 15:06 in Philosophy DiscussionModern Soldiers by Scilvenas, Auditor

First, I apologize for the hostility. I was considering going back and editing it for that very reason. I meant to be more gruff than anything else, and as I don't really know you, KL, I have nothing against you (and the fact that you like Bakker is a point in your favor).. With the snickering and all, though... unless you're as big of a fan of the candy bar as I am? *cadburry eggs* My problem really is about military discounts. Take your example (like I said, mine were just from personal examples... for instance, United once quoted my flight [i:2d9bs3r1]with[/i:2d9bs3r1] the military discount about $100 higher than my first, non-discounted quote. shit you not). Why couldn't a servicemember get the same discount? Sure, the truckdrivers have to be catered to, but if the military clientelle is so insignificant, what would it hurt... unless we're only paying token respect. Hell, at least the truck driver can write off the expense on his taxes. This guy's just trying to get a little RnR (otherwise, the govt. would be footing the bill and he wouldn't care). It's not like he thinks there really is a button on your computer that reads "2x Iraq Discount." He's just seeing if you cared enough to put a little extra effort into it. Obviously, you didn't. *shrugs* Your prerogative. But don't ask me to pat you on the back for it, especially when it seems to be in support of an agenda (most of which I actually agree with, btw) you wouldn't tell [i:2d9bs3r1]him[/i:2d9bs3r1] (which would actually get you mad respect in my book, for what that's worth) but feel ok putting out there to a faceless online group. And yeah, I probably sound like an ingrate, like the world should bow and scrape to people in the military. No, I'm happy getting any kind of a discount, and I think military service doesn't automatically entitle you to any special treatment. But when you see so much lip service paid to how great 'those brave young men and women' are, and how little is done, especially in comparison to other special interests... well, it gets a bit annoying. view post


posted 22 Jun 2006, 20:06 in Off-Topic Discussionmeasure is unceasing by Scilvenas, Auditor

Awesome story, and welcome to the board. Nice tat, btw. If Scott ever releases the key to the Kuniuric script (I thought that was what it was for a second), you can get it on the other arm. view post


posted 25 Jun 2006, 00:06 in Philosophy DiscussionModern Soldiers by Scilvenas, Auditor

Oh yeah, I know all about marines. Granted, a few of them were friends of mine, but by and large... jarheads. As far as comparative service goes... I'm not exactly the most humble guy, but I gotta give respect to the guys that spend a couple years sucking sand. Sure, doing circles in the Red on a 30 year-old piece of tin (USS Mt. Whitney) wasn't any fun, but the worst I had to worry about is a dumb-ass IT messing up the gear I have to fix. If he says he's been there twice, f*** it, who am I to judge? Is he milking it? Certainly, but you know even we put up with more than enough s*** on a daily basis to deserve a few breaks every now and then. Who can blame someone for trying to get a better deal (especially with hotel and travel... you really gotta wheel and deal those guys. otherwise...)? Now, if he was being belligerant about it, and I've seen plenty of those types in and out of uniform, it's a different story. view post


posted 26 Jun 2006, 18:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionGophers... by Scilvenas, Auditor

I have a few stale crumbs left from my Logos cookie I can volunteer. view post


posted 09 Jul 2006, 16:07 in Off-Topic Discussion'interesting' story not true by Scilvenas, Auditor

www.snopes.com view post


posted 24 Jul 2006, 14:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionAnime by Scilvenas, Auditor

Seen quite a bit. Samurai Deeper Kyo, Trigun, Record of Lodos War, and The Legend of the Overfiend :twisted: are a few of my favorites. view post


posted 30 Jul 2006, 14:07 in Philosophy DiscussionNLP by Scilvenas, Auditor

Yeah, 'cause the forum's just been so damn busy these days, the last thing we need is [i:1w2ei5ui]old[/i:1w2ei5ui] stuff to talk about, much less new members that want to start a conversation. God, the only thing worse would be Scott coming back to answer more questions. Excuse me while I try to focus on the calming black screen, enjoying the occasional spam.[/sarcasm] I've read up on NLP a bit... back in the day. Don't remember much about it, though. Most scientists consider it 'junk science.' *shrug* I'd think fans of a character like Kellhus would be drawn to it, though. view post


posted 03 Aug 2006, 12:08 in General AnnouncementsYour Response To the PoN by Scilvenas, Auditor

[quote="Gr8 Margaretta":20kqus48]I'm trying to find some travel/vacation catalogs... did any of you come across one?[/quote:20kqus48] Sick bastard. view post


posted 12 Aug 2006, 11:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionGaia by Scilvenas, Auditor

I think I managed to create an account a couple years ago before the epileptic/diabetic seizure overcame me. Damned if I remember the username, much less the password, though. view post


posted 09 Sep 2006, 23:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionBeing damned by Scilvenas, Auditor

Heh. Mostly, I use my mod powers to correct spelling, grammar, and formatting (I don't have to do this; it just makes me feel better). Then there's moving posts (yes, saying you're going on vacation is an 'announcement,' but since it's not related to the board...). After that, it's splitting subjects that really go off on tangents. Only rarely have I had to wave around the bitch-be-good-stick ([i:2yuir9nm]i.e.[/i:2yuir9nm]assert my modliness), even more rare that I use it. Locked a few topics temporarily and deleted one post. view post


posted 11 Sep 2006, 20:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionBeing damned by Scilvenas, Auditor

[url=http://kevinswatch.ihugny.com:1pvpux1d]Kevin's Watch[/url:1pvpux1d], the official Stephen R. Donaldson forum. view post


posted 28 Sep 2006, 13:09 in Philosophy Discussion&quot;Have you ever met someone who is smarter than you?&quo by Scilvenas, Auditor

I'm an egotistical sonnavabitch, and my first answer was still 'yes.' Now if the question was "...smarter than you are and better looking," then I'd have to say no. ;) view post


posted 06 Oct 2006, 13:10 in Off-Topic DiscussionHAIR by Scilvenas, Auditor

My hair has a will of its own. On good days, we reach a comprimise. view post


posted 06 Oct 2006, 13:10 in Off-Topic DiscussionOther forums frequented by Scilvenas, Auditor

Kevin's Watch, a Donaldson board Ahira's Hangar, a Zindell board whose members are mainly a smaller subset of the previous board Plastic, a left-leaning politics/current events news blog kind of board (though I rarely ever post anything) view post


posted 11 Oct 2006, 13:10 in Off-Topic Discussionwhat do you do by Scilvenas, Auditor

[quote="Harrol":uxtu64iu]I am resurrecting an old thread :twisted: I am an instrument technician in the civillian world and I do reserves for the Navy.[/quote:uxtu64iu] What's your rate, Harrol? Former CTI and ET, myself. view post


posted 11 Oct 2006, 13:10 in General AnnouncementsSpam by Scilvenas, Auditor

Spam threads (delete at will): http://forum.three-seas.com/viewtopic.php?t=1435 http://forum.three-seas.com/viewtopic.php?t=1422 http://forum.three-seas.com/viewtopic.php?t=1346 http://forum.three-seas.com/viewtopic.php?t=920 (spam on spam? 2nd post is definately spam, at least) http://forum.three-seas.com/viewtopic.php?t=1477 http://forum.three-seas.com/viewtopic.php?t=1470 http://forum.three-seas.com/viewtopic.php?t=1463 http://forum.three-seas.com/viewtopic.php?t=1455 http://forum.three-seas.com/viewtopic.php?t=1469 http://forum.three-seas.com/viewtopic.php?t=1462 view post


posted 12 Oct 2006, 13:10 in General AnnouncementsSpam by Scilvenas, Auditor

http://forum.three-seas.com/viewtopic.php?t=1522 http://forum.three-seas.com/viewtopic.php?t=1520 view post


posted 30 Oct 2006, 18:10 in Off-Topic DiscussionMythology anyone? by Scilvenas, Auditor

WP, have you checked out Gene Wolfe's Latro books? Strongly recommended for the mythology buffs (or the Wizard Knight duology, if Norse myth is your thing). The new book, [i:2bjo5tv6]Soldier of Sidon[/i:2bjo5tv6], is out tomorrow, I believe. Favorite god: Sylvanus (Roman god of the forests). ;) Odin and Pan are good, too. view post


posted 13 Nov 2006, 18:11 in Off-Topic DiscussionHAIR by Scilvenas, Auditor

[quote:2vhxu8qr]Now I'm thinkin': it could mean you're the evil man. And I'm the righteous man. And Mr. 9mm here, he's the shepherd protecting my righteous ass in the valley of darkness. Or it could be you're the righteous man and I'm the shepherd and it's the world that's evil and selfish. I'd like that. But that shit ain't the truth. The truth is you're the weak. And I'm the tyranny of evil men. But I'm tryin', Ringo. I'm tryin' real hard to be a shepherd.[/quote:2vhxu8qr] view post


posted 11 Dec 2006, 20:12 in Off-Topic DiscussionNames by Scilvenas, Auditor

I never really minded the name Dustin, though up until I was about ten it usually took me about three tries to get people to stop calling me Justin. When I was older, though, I realized most of the Dustins I knew were assholes, so it didn't take much to get me to accept the name Jack (last name's Frost) that my navy buddies insisted upon. I really wanted to name my son Maolbheanachta (mal-vuh-knock-tuh), but the wife wouldn't sign on to it. We went with Dante instead. Since I had orders to go to Sicily at the time he was born, we thought we'd pick something Italian (come to find out, Dante is a shortened form of Durante, which means lasting... lasting frost). Plus, his godfather's name is Dan (which he can always go by if he wants), and I've always been a big fan of Clerks. *shrug* view post


posted 25 Feb 2007, 21:02 in Off-Topic DiscussionYour First Time by Scilvenas, Auditor

I read The Hobbit a few times when I was younger, about seven or eight years old, but I didn't really take an interest in fantasy or sci-fi until I was about 12 or so. Read a couple Piers Anthony books, a few McCaffery, but then really got hooked on Dragonlance. *shrug* As I matured, so did my taste in books. view post


posted 03 Apr 2007, 20:04 in Off-Topic DiscussionAvatar by Scilvenas, Auditor

Hate to break it to you guys, but the voice actor for Uncle Iroh, [url=http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0538683/:1xd3vfgm]Mako[/url:1xd3vfgm], died in July. He was also damn cool as Aku in Samurai Jack. If they don't retire the character, they better find someone good to voice him. view post


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