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posted 21 Jan 2004, 18:01 in Off-Topic DiscussionHow did you get here? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Same here. view post


Language posted 25 Jan 2004, 23:01 in Author Q & ALanguage by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

On the cover of TDTCB and TWP there is what appears to be vertical sort of language. It also appears in the appendices of TDTCB. I was wondering if this was created by R. Scott Bakker and is a functional language. I figure it is, because on the jacket it says that the author is a student of languages. Anyway, just wondering if it was a working language. view post


posted 27 Jan 2004, 17:01 in Author Q & ALanguage by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Does each character correspond to an english letter? Or is its own alphabet, or like japanese, with a character holding meaning? If it's a literal translation, I think people might enjoy a dictionary for it. view post


posted 27 Jan 2004, 17:01 in Off-Topic DiscussionHow did you get here? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Welcome Elfstone! Which link of Wil's was it? Where did you first hear about TPoN? Also, don't forget to stop by the "Welcome" Forum and introduce yourself. view post


posted 02 Feb 2004, 17:02 in The Warrior ProphetWarrior Prophet synopsis *Possible Spoiler* by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Welcome to the forum! Where did you get these sypnopsi (or synopses, or whatever)? view post


posted 02 Feb 2004, 17:02 in Author Q & AQuestion to R.S. regarding release dates. by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I agree. view post


posted 02 Feb 2004, 17:02 in The Warrior ProphetWarrior Prophet synopsis *Possible Spoiler* by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Thanks. I didn't doubt you, I was just curious. view post


Welcome to the Nebulous Forum! posted 02 Feb 2004, 18:02 in The Thousandfold ThoughtWelcome to the Nebulous Forum! by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Here's a spot to discuss the eventual release of the eventual third book with an eventual name. I don't know how much use we'll get out of it for a while, but here it is. view post


The Title posted 02 Feb 2004, 18:02 in The Thousandfold ThoughtThe Title by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I thought I'd take a poll to see how many people prefer which title over the other. Feel free to vote and comment. view post


posted 02 Feb 2004, 18:02 in Literature DiscussionFantasy by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Ah, but I love that magic is so subdued in ASOIAF. It is what lends the books such a realistic, almost historical fiction feel. You could make them into a special on the History Channel and almost get away with it. They are incredibly believable. I also enjoy the gritty feel. No character is "good" and no character is "evil." Actually, that is part of why the PON appeals to me so much. Every character is multfaceted. view post


posted 02 Feb 2004, 22:02 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I really like Kellhus, but I also like Cnaiür. He has so many layers which just keep getting peeled back. Esmenet is good too, although I don't find her as intriguing. view post


posted 03 Feb 2004, 18:02 in Off-Topic DiscussionWoh! by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Do you like it? Its a theme based on TDTCB cover. view post


posted 03 Feb 2004, 18:02 in The Darkness That Comes Beforekellhus == good guy?? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I think Kellhus is up in the air. He is neutral right now, but all of Bakker's characters are morally ambiguous. No one is saintly, and no one is depraved. So far, at least. view post


posted 03 Feb 2004, 18:02 in Literature DiscussionFantasy by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I totally agree with that. In ASOIAF there has been essentially no magic to date. A few bits here and there, but largely none. Yet there is no doubt that what you are reading is a work of fantasy. Are you publishing your book? I'd like to look for it when it comes out. view post


posted 03 Feb 2004, 18:02 in The Darkness That Comes Beforekellhus == good guy?? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I mean illogically depraved. For example, I find many of tolkien's characters too unbelievably evil, lacking the brains that one would require to get anything truly evil done. view post


posted 03 Feb 2004, 21:02 in Off-Topic DiscussionWoh! by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Most of the design work is Wil's, though I did give my input. view post


posted 04 Feb 2004, 03:02 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Yes, the emperor was a character who continued to surprise me and I still am not really sure if he is brilliant or moronic. view post


posted 04 Feb 2004, 03:02 in The Darkness That Comes Beforekellhus == good guy?? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Do we ever actually hear from Kellhus that he is going to kill his father? I never remember him thinking that or saying that in an arena ni which we can believe. I am rereading right now, so its possible it simply slipped my mind. view post


posted 05 Feb 2004, 22:02 in The Warrior ProphetAbout the books by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

You should join the forum, Guestage! We'd love to have another member. view post


posted 05 Feb 2004, 22:02 in Author Q & AQuestion to R.S. regarding release dates. by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I personally really like the hardback though. I would vote for a HB edition. view post


posted 06 Feb 2004, 18:02 in The Warrior ProphetAbout the books by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Join the forum, read the book, then spew your thoughts out! Not that you have to... view post


posted 06 Feb 2004, 18:02 in Author Q & AQuestion to R.S. regarding release dates. by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I got into collecting about a year ago, mostly with Robert Jordan (who needs to get a move on) and Robin Hobb. Honestly, When I first picked up TDTCB and randomly read a hunk out of the middle in the bookstore, I was so excited to find a new author who I thought would go somewhere I wanted "the hardback," first edition first printing. I was even more excited when I discovered that there was no Hardback, because I figured that they would re-release the book in hardback in a year or so when things picked up and then the trade would be worth a lot. So I'm betting that provided RSB does make it big (and I think he will), these early editions will be the ones others are drooling looking at on used book sites for $200. That's just my extremely amateur opinion. view post


posted 06 Feb 2004, 22:02 in The Warrior ProphetAbout the books by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Congratulations Fade! Member number 15! That calls for celebration. view post


posted 08 Feb 2004, 07:02 in Off-Topic DiscussionWoh! by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Well, its a good thing we're here to help you work through it. view post


posted 09 Feb 2004, 05:02 in Author Q & ACurious if you... by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I think the films should be taken separately from the books as tributes to the books. They should not be mistaken for replacements for the books or even good summaries, but as an artistic work inspired by the books and with a merit apart from their connection. view post


posted 09 Feb 2004, 22:02 in Author Q & ACurious if you... by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Is there anywhere we can see the S&S cover? view post


posted 11 Feb 2004, 17:02 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I couldn't agree more with that statement. Just out of curiosity, what is your religious bent? I get the feel from the books that you would be an atheist, maybe agnostic. I'm personally an atheist, but at the same time I love reading about religions and religious conflict. I think its because at their deepest everyone [i:b5e8j5i4]wants[/i:b5e8j5i4] to believe. It seems to me that having the certainty, or true belief in a god would be one of the most blissful sensations in the world. You are safe and taken care of. I think that is where religion stems from: human fear. view post


posted 12 Feb 2004, 18:02 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

My personal atheism arises from an inability to believ in anything higher. To me some kind of supernatural existence is illogical and makes no sense, and I think to believe in it because of the resulting implications if you don't is not really a belief, but a fearful claim to belief. I cannot make mayself believe without some kind of evidence showing it to be so.l view post


posted 12 Feb 2004, 20:02 in Author Q & ACurious if you... by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

By all means, feel free to do it here! I am actually quite invigorated and intllectually interested with these discussions, it is a rare opportunity to "chat" with such a studied person. What exactly is the TTY forum? view post


posted 13 Feb 2004, 18:02 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I agree with Scott that numbers provide a model of reality, but they do not make up reality. He said it very well. Scott, I don't think I see what you were saying about relinquising free will. I assume you mean that if science can predict neurologically what we are going to do then we actually make no choices but just follow through on action-reaction type behavior. That may be, but each of is genetically/biologically/raised in a way different enough to provide differing action-reaction chains. This is then what free will would be reduced to, and I think it quite possible. You were also talking about responsibility and morality. You as an entity are responsible for your behavior, whether you can help it or not. We already see this in psychopaths, who are deranged and relaly cannot control themselves. However, that does not keep them out of jail. Morality also does not have to be based on a supernatural power. The Natural Rights philosophists came up with a model of rights, admittedly based on their western cultural and therefore religious beliefs. Morality can be described as the mean (as in average) behavior of a society. We have different moral standards than did ages, even decades past. I think it is possible to have a cohesive society with sound moral footing without any kind of supernatural power involved. (by the way, I am LOVING this discussion!) view post


posted 13 Feb 2004, 18:02 in Author Q & AOther authors you enjoy by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

It didn't come across to me as sexist, but it did show women in roles they would most likely be in living in a male dominated older society. view post


posted 15 Feb 2004, 19:02 in The Thousandfold ThoughtThe Title by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

So far it's 7-0 for TTT, so it is looking that way. However, only 7 of our 17 members have voted, so we still don't have a clear majority... view post


posted 16 Feb 2004, 21:02 in Author Q & AWhat are you most looking forward to? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Yeah. To me, much of the world is still hidden from understanding, and the excitement of goint new places and being introduced to new cultures draws me. view post


posted 16 Feb 2004, 21:02 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I still believe that evrything can be rationalized without the requirement of faith, however. Even the duch should theoretically be able to understand that there ARE principles behind flight, even if he himself is incapable of following the math. view post


posted 17 Feb 2004, 18:02 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I think morality is as simple as looking around and saying what do I want out of life? When a collective group of people, or animals (which is all we really are) asks themselves this question, the average response is what determines morality. Honestly, that is all we do now, and theoretically that should be all that is needed. If a majority of people feel a certain way, then they will set a moral standard. There may not be a rational definition of morality because morality is a construct of humanity. But simultaneously, no faith in anything other than the logic of common desire is required for this model to work. The technology thing is actually quite frightening when you really think about it. view post


posted 17 Feb 2004, 18:02 in Author Q & AWhat are you most looking forward to? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Your mention of religion made me think: I would like to learn more about the cultic religions and how they are related to the tusk, etc. view post


posted 17 Feb 2004, 21:02 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Yes, within their smaller society they were right, and historically many peoples have been enslaved and abused due to a society's standards. However, just as we now have equal rights for blacks and other racial groups, as world culture expands the standards of morality will broaden to include and ever larger sphere of peoples. We now must look at the entire world when we think about a majority of human desires. view post


posted 18 Feb 2004, 20:02 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

But that really doesn't matter in terms of Scott illustrating his point. He is saying that if the entire world believes one way, that way can still be deemed wrong by us. This comes back to a majority dominating a minority. Just because a minority is a minority does not mean they have no rights. I know I just argued against myself, but I feel the point here is finding an answer, not "winning." Back to my side: do you think the entire world would ever be subject to such a shift? Maybe the varying factions will always ensure that on a global scale we have an acceptable standard of morality. view post


posted 18 Feb 2004, 22:02 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I understand what you're saying... I simply can't make myself believe, or 'let go' and believe... I can't believe. It is sort of depressing. view post


We Got Permissions posted 18 Feb 2004, 22:02 in General AnnouncementsWe Got Permissions by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

We finally got permissions from the publisher to use the artwork from the book on the forum, and so we have switched over the forum to a theme utilising cover elements. I hope you enjoy them, and if you have any feedback please post away! view post


posted 19 Feb 2004, 17:02 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I did some research on nihilism. I don't necessarily agree with everything I found, but I would have to say that in general yes, I am. I have been thinking about this and I would have to say that I believe there is no higher law or moral code. However, I simultaneously believe in a personal set of moral codes, and believe that as a society we require morals. My personal morals are (of course) based on my parents morals, which were based on their parents' which were based on church. So I therefore indeirectly derive my moral codes from a western christian source. But, I don't believe in God and I don't follow my morals based on any fear of retribution, but more out of what feels right to me to do to other humans. That leaves the moral system of the world in a scary postion, because it assumes that all morals really are are the current opinion of a group of people. I have to say that I agree. [quote:n088p88f]In objective terms, the only difference between killing an ant and killing a human, is that other humans could cause you grief for doing the latter. For him, there were literally no crimes where there were no witnesses.[/quote:n088p88f] I agree that objectively they are the same thing, but as a human I take offense to the one and not the other. In this way they are made different, and I consider it a crime because it does not follow my own moral code. I do not consider murder excusable, witnesses or no. _____ Out of curiosity, do you believe a moral code exists for animals? If yes, does it stem from the same source as ours? Or is it the exact same code? view post


posted 20 Feb 2004, 18:02 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I guess what I'm asking is if there is a higher moral code for humans, shouldn't there be one for all animals? Animals kill each other competing for mates in some species and certainly kill and eat each other, so it doesn't seem logical that we as humans are so special we have a special moral code. view post


posted 20 Feb 2004, 21:02 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

So why is it then that humans are the only species capable of choice? Do you think this is part of the relationship with a 'higher power' of some kind? view post


posted 23 Feb 2004, 22:02 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

But I mean, what do YOU think? view post


Domain Hosting posted 25 Feb 2004, 00:02 in General AnnouncementsDomain Hosting by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

If you havn't noticed, those annoying ads which were previously in evidence are all gone! We have purchased a domain name and hosting through the largesse of LooseCannon, and things seem to be pretty much under control. If anything odd should happen, it may be do to adjustments to our new home. Thanks for your patience. view post


posted 25 Feb 2004, 18:02 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I mean about the animal/human choice issue. Do you think we both have choice, neither, or one and not the other? Personally, I think you are probably right that we technically don't really choose, except that choosing is simply the act of everyone's differing physiologies(sp?). view post


posted 27 Feb 2004, 21:02 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

But it seems pretty damn arrogant to say that humans are the only beings with choice, and it doesn't really make sense in the context of evolution. view post


posted 27 Feb 2004, 22:02 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Ok, I see your point about evolutionary choice, but I don't think that choice was given to us by a higher power, and the argument about choice is that if there is no higher power then we cannot have choice. I think on a fundamental level this may be true, and we therefore have no choice, just a very, very complex cause effect reaction system. view post


posted 28 Feb 2004, 21:02 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I am saying that you can be held responsible for your actions because everyone else has agreed that thre are things you shouldn't do. We already have this around the world, where different countries have different ideas about what is right and wrong and acceptable or not. Most of them happen to be based on religions, but I believe religions are simply ways of assuaging fears as a group, ane are therefore total human constructs to begin with. view post


posted 29 Feb 2004, 23:02 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeThorough review of TDTCB (MAJOR SPOILERS) by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Wow, that is some review. I disagree about the end though. I found it left me wanting more and not at all dissatisfied, except for the fact that I couldn't immediately race out and buy the next book. view post


posted 29 Feb 2004, 23:02 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I would have to say yes, all morality is just a social construct. However, that doesn't demean it in any way, to my thinking. view post


posted 02 Mar 2004, 18:03 in Interviews and ReviewsMore laudations... this time from a very important group by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Wow, that is something. It should certainly help kick off the site. view post


posted 05 Mar 2004, 22:03 in Author Q & AOther authors you enjoy by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Loose- I don't think its fair to call the movie a film about history. If it happened, which seems likely, it was all so long ago that I think it is really the telling of a story witha point. view post


posted 09 Mar 2004, 18:03 in Author Q & AHello to the author and everyone... by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Glad you decided to join, Vanarys! Scott, can anyone join the OWW, or is it for published or fulltime writers? I think it could be fun to get involved with writing, but I know (or at least am pretty sure) that I don't want to do it as a career. view post


OS's and Browsers posted 09 Mar 2004, 22:03 in Off-Topic DiscussionOS's and Browsers by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I was wondering what OS's and browsers our different users are using, and if anyone is into computers or programming or web design, etc. At home I use Red Hat Linux 9 and the Mozilla browser, though I am going to switch to Firefox. I dabble in web design with php, mysql, and apache, but am looking to expand into java. If no one finds this interesting, don't worry about replying. view post


Linking posted 09 Mar 2004, 22:03 in General AnnouncementsLinking by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

We would like to be listed as high on Google as possible, for obvious reasons. The more links from CREDIBLE, established sites the better. So as you spread the word about the forum and books, post links as well as the name, for Scott's site as well as ours. Thanks. view post


posted 10 Mar 2004, 18:03 in Off-Topic DiscussionOS's and Browsers by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I got linux about a year ago for the first time, and absolutely loved it. It so much more customizable than windows, and refreshingly non controlling. I also love all of the programs available for free for it and the ease of setting up servers on it. What sort of courses do you design? view post


posted 10 Mar 2004, 18:03 in The Thousandfold ThoughtThe Title by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Come on and vote, everyone! Lets have all 30 of you vote! It's your patriotic duty! view post


posted 10 Mar 2004, 18:03 in Author Q & AHello to the author and everyone... by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Why not Ayn Rand? I have to read something by her for a scholarship essay I am going to write, but have never read her before. view post


posted 10 Mar 2004, 22:03 in The Thousandfold ThoughtThe Title by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

All I'm asking is that as many people as feel comfortable vote so that we can have a better sampling. view post


posted 10 Mar 2004, 22:03 in Author Q & AHello to the author and everyone... by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Hmm. Thanks. I'll think about that as I read the book; I think it will make it more interesting. view post


posted 11 Mar 2004, 17:03 in Off-Topic DiscussionOS's and Browsers by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

So you're talking about online university course type of things? view post


posted 11 Mar 2004, 17:03 in The Thousandfold ThoughtThe Title by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I'm NOT. Trying to guilt trip that is. Hey MagnanimousOne! Glad you have started posting. Sorry all, but I realized this poll had some problematic elements, so I scratched it and started over. Sorry to those of you who had already voted, but there are other options now you may choose and which may encourage other, more reticent voters, to vote. view post


posted 12 Mar 2004, 22:03 in Off-Topic DiscussionOS's and Browsers by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

What university do you work for? Or do you work for a company that works for various universities? view post


Welcome and Guidelines posted 12 Mar 2004, 22:03 in Member Written WorksWelcome and Guidelines by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Welcome to the new writing exchange forum. Here is how it will work: If you have a piece you would like to discuss, begin a NEW thread titled preferably with the name of your piece. In your first post, introduce your piece, give any necessary background information or the like, and ATTACH your work. DO NOT copy it into a post, as it will make people's eyes fall out in agony and give us a huge database. After reading someone else's work, comment on it by replying to their post. Please do not start other threads about the same piece of work, the idea being to have one thread per story, poem, what-have-you. Respond politely and constructively in a helpful manner. If a topic comes up in a discussion that drifts from the piece to a general literary topic, start a thread in the Writing Techniques forum. Any commentary regarding the function of this forum is to be posted as a reply to this announcement. ALL WORK IS ASSUMED TO BE THE PROPERTY OF THE POSTER AND NO POSTED WORK MAY BE STOLEN OR POSTED ELSEWHERE WITHOUT DUE CREDIT AND PERMISSION FROM THE AUTHOR. view post


Welcome posted 12 Mar 2004, 22:03 in Writing TipsWelcome by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

This is a forum in which to exchange strategies and other fun writing tips. DO NOT POST WORK HERE, save it for the works section. view post


posted 15 Mar 2004, 17:03 in Writing TipsGreat News - and please post what work you are all doing. by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Champions of Carnage seems a bit heavy. That was just my initial reaction, anyway. I like it, but think that some people could be a bit turned off by it. view post


posted 16 Mar 2004, 16:03 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I just started The Fencing Master, which is not fantasy at all, but oh well. Voland, how are you struggling with the Liveship Traders? Are you having problems getting into the plot, or following the story, or what? I'm just curious, because I think they might be my favorite works RH has done. I would like to hear your opinion. view post


posted 18 Mar 2004, 06:03 in Member Written WorksWelcome and Guidelines by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Well, after a rather bumpy ride we got the attachment function working. This forum is now unlocked and open for business. Please, begin posting your writing and become better authors. Sorry about the few days of downtime. view post


posted 18 Mar 2004, 16:03 in The Darkness That Comes Beforekellhus == good guy?? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I think the only information about Kellhus we can assume to be true is that which comes from his POV. view post


posted 18 Mar 2004, 16:03 in Author Q & AThe Series That Comes After? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

That is very exciting, to think about the relationship between The Hobbit and LoTR and then apply that to what we are reading now. Scott, have you read any of the Farseer, Liveship Trader, or Tawny Man trilogies by Robin Hobb? They follow the cycle of trilogies format, and I really like it. It is also exciting to think about this website ten years down the road, with a huge member base and tons of forums. view post


posted 18 Mar 2004, 16:03 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Welcome to the board, Replay. Yes, morality and value would be a changing concept. I am arguing that from where morality is derived is irrelevant. We must acknowledge it as a necessary facet of life. It smooths out human interaction and gives members of a society a common frame of reference. But, by acknowledging that morality is not a concrete system, we can liberate ourselves from the who's right/wrong argument and acknowledge differing moral beliefs as personal problems and not religious. view post


posted 18 Mar 2004, 22:03 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

What I mean by not a religious issue is that by accepting that we don't have the absolute truth we can allow other religions or lack of religion to exist peacefully without the need to "make them see the truth." I am not saying that these are not religious beliefs, but I see how that was unclear in my last post, sorry. view post


Administrator Vacation posted 18 Mar 2004, 22:03 in General AnnouncementsAdministrator Vacation by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Wil and I, the founders and admins of this site, will both be gone to different places in Mexico with our families over spring break. This being the case, if anything goes horribly wrong or falls apart we won't be hear to deal with it. Hopefully everything will be smooth sailing, and I at least will do what I can to log in from Mexico at a cyber cafe or some similar location. We should both be back Saturday the 27 of March. view post


posted 27 Mar 2004, 21:03 in Off-Topic DiscussionOS's and Browsers by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

You really should try Mozilla or Firefox at www.mozilla.org view post


posted 27 Mar 2004, 21:03 in Writing TipsGreat News - and please post what work you are all doing. by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Requiescat? view post


posted 27 Mar 2004, 21:03 in Author Q & AThe Series That Comes After? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

May I state, as a devout Hobb follower, that you MUST read the books in order, and all of them. The tawny man trilogy will make sense but so much will be lost. Bits of innuendo and character developement and the rich complexity of intertwined tales, which are the true beauty of Hobb`s works will be gone. Sorry about that, but I feel quite strongly. view post


posted 27 Mar 2004, 21:03 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I think the most important factor is to accept that your religion is personal and ensure that it is really personal. You must believe what you believe because it is how you feel and not for any other reasons, such as societal pressures, or because thats how you were raised. To many people don´t know why they believe what they claim to believe. view post


posted 31 Mar 2004, 15:03 in Writing TipsGreat News - and please post what work you are all doing. by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Interesting. What religion does that come from? view post


posted 31 Mar 2004, 16:03 in Member Written WorksMy Book - A Faceless Shadow by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Did you have trouble posting your map or just decided to post a link? (Wondering from the perspective of troubleshooting...) view post


posted 02 Apr 2004, 16:04 in Member Written WorksMy Book - A Faceless Shadow by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

All right. Thanks. I am enjoying your story, btw. view post


posted 07 Apr 2004, 17:04 in Off-Topic DiscussionThe LOTR Films by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

As a standalond cinematic experience, I think they were excellent. For me, they were the first fantasy films which did not feel like fantasy but like medieval history. As they relate to the books, there is no comparison. view post


posted 07 Apr 2004, 17:04 in Off-Topic DiscussionOS's and Browsers by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Yes, tabs should definitely be added to IE if they want to stay competitive. view post


posted 07 Apr 2004, 17:04 in Writing TipsGreat News - and please post what work you are all doing. by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Quite. It will certainly get people's attention. view post


posted 07 Apr 2004, 18:04 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Sorry, but if you don't mind I would like to step into the ring and say something here, having missed most of this discussion until today. I think that what Replay is talking about with the intrinsic nature of values is halfway right, but needs to be combined with what Iceman is saying. Value derives its meaning (or value) from what we percieve to suit the environment best. They are related, but I believe one is the human perception of suitability. Thus we value strong physiques because historically they were valued (the social value) because prehistorically they were best suited (hunting and gathering). They form a related chain. On the other hand, I do believe, as I have stated before, that morals have no grounding save in the common whim of man, which does have a basis in values which has a basis in suitability. In this way everyone is morally "right," just different. Just how much difference the mean (average) morality is willing to tolerate determines at what point laws are made or wars waged. The interesting point Scott made was (if I am interpreting this correctly, Scott) that if the person stating that there is "one right morality and it is mine" is actually right, then everyone else is wrong. I feel that this is closely related to religion. We have multiple conflicting religions all claiming to be correct. This cannot be true. They must all be semi-correct or one must be correct and the rest utter rot. Sorry about continuing, but I find it quite fascinating. What do you think about opening a philossphy section? view post


posted 07 Apr 2004, 18:04 in Tour and Signing InformationVisiting the US? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Like Seattle Washington? :D view post


posted 09 Apr 2004, 15:04 in Writing TipsGetting the words down. by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

What usually happens to me is this: I start with an idea I feel is brilliant, and I'm totally pumped about it. I spend a few days or even weeks thinking about it and fiddling with it, then start writing. I get a couple of typed pages into it, take a break, and come back and read it. Sometimes I think it's okay and sometimes I think it's crap, but I never really like it. Then I pick up a book and do some reading and am blown away by the authors writing. I feel there is no way I could do my storyline and world justice, so I just stop writing and stick to reading. That is the general pattern, and I don't really write much because I always feel that way and It just isn't worth it. My favorite part is coming up with plots and worlds anyway. view post


posted 09 Apr 2004, 16:04 in Author Q & AA few questions by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Six fingers could be handy. You could hold more. Actually, if you correct this screw up in later editions (which I assume you will), this one will become very valuable in all likelihood. view post


posted 09 Apr 2004, 16:04 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I do believe that Morality is a total human construct. However, I also think it has deep seated roots in our evolutionary past. The do unto others as you would have others do unto you sort of mentality. If you kill your neighbor, your other neighbor will kill you before you kill him. The fundamentals of morality have a grounding in basic logic, which is why we have certain seeming 'global' standards. I'm going to do that section. view post


posted 09 Apr 2004, 16:04 in Tour and Signing InformationVisiting the US? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

We should raise a plane ticket fund! JK. view post


posted 12 Apr 2004, 15:04 in Writing TipsGetting the words down. by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Thanks. I'll work on digging some of it up. I'm not sure how much I've kept. view post


posted 12 Apr 2004, 15:04 in The Warrior ProphetRelease Dates by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Hey ur-lord. Which country are you talking about? I'm assuming Canada? view post


posted 12 Apr 2004, 15:04 in Author Q & AA few questions by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

But maybe because it's sixth and extra and special and all that you could argue that it doesn't get rings? view post


posted 12 Apr 2004, 15:04 in Tour and Signing InformationVisiting the US? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Where are you, ur-lord? It sounds like Seattle. view post


posted 13 Apr 2004, 15:04 in Off-Topic DiscussionOS's and Browsers by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

It seems to me that Linux would be the best programming platform. It certainly is the best scripting platform, in my experience. view post


posted 13 Apr 2004, 15:04 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

That sounds quite right to me, nihilism or what have you. The big thing that I feel most people don't understand when discussing this is that just because Morality has no absolute grounding [i:b4lctlkj]does not demean it in any way[/i:b4lctlkj]. People say that without god anyone can do anything and feel fine about it, but I disagree. Arguably, those that behave in a "moral" fashion but don't believe in a god are more moral than those who do, because most of the god inspired morality stems from a fear of retribution, whereas those individuals who are moral to be moral do it because they feel it to be right or the will of society. That was a long sentence. view post


My World (In Progress) posted 13 Apr 2004, 21:04 in Member Written WorksMy World (In Progress) by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Here is a preliminary map design I have started working on. More is forthcoming. view post


posted 14 Apr 2004, 15:04 in Off-Topic DiscussionOS's and Browsers by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I find there's also a certain satisfaction in not using Microsoft products, though. I love the idea of opensource and like to support it. view post


posted 15 Apr 2004, 20:04 in Off-Topic DiscussionOS's and Browsers by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

The satisfaction I mean about not using MS products is not a principles one, just nice to change and see something different and especially, free. I hate how much software costs. view post


posted 15 Apr 2004, 20:04 in Member Written WorksMy World (In Progress) by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Here is the first page I have written. I'm just starting to experiment with characters and the environment. I'd love to hear peoples' reaction. view post


posted 15 Apr 2004, 20:04 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I'll start by saying that I read down to cu'jara's post about waiting for me, and then made this post. So I have not read anything after that, and I hope that this post will make sense in context. The question does life have any meaning? No, I don't think it does. Meaning is an illusion we create to be happier and better motivated to procreate. In many ways it is like the matrix's idea, that what we experience is just to keep us happy. That is what I think, but i believe in that illusion because it makes me happier. But, honestly, I don't think that there really is any meaning or purpose save self perpetuation. That is scary. view post


posted 15 Apr 2004, 20:04 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

After reading the rest of the posts, I mus say I agree with you, RePlay. Cu'Jara, I don't think that is or ever will be a way to KNOW because there is nothing to KNOW. It all comes down to belief. view post


posted 18 Apr 2004, 19:04 in Off-Topic DiscussionOS's and Browsers by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

That is part of why Linux is so sweet. I set up a server using apache with php and mysql capabilities to test pages, and all for free and easily. I love it. I also love the multiple desktops in Linux. view post


posted 18 Apr 2004, 19:04 in Member Written WorksMy World (In Progress) by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Thanks. Yes, Wil had the same wetlander comment, which I TOTALLY agree with. I think it just sort of slipped in subconcsiously, I didn't realize at the time that it was used in WoT. view post


posted 18 Apr 2004, 19:04 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

But experience/action is all belief really is. In [i:3pseo5j4]your experience[/i:3pseo5j4] this is true, or [i:3pseo5j4]I took this action and[/i:3pseo5j4], that is belief. I'm not sure exactly what you mean by your drinking analogy. What exactly are you comparing it to? Divine existence? Morality? view post


posted 19 Apr 2004, 14:04 in Off-Topic DiscussionOS's and Browsers by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I had a 2 monitor system for a while then lost a video card, it was quite frustrating. I really want to get a new one, but alas, money. view post


posted 19 Apr 2004, 15:04 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

OK, I see now. The problem is that there is no control over perceptions of ideas. You can't make someone experience one, only attmpt to guide them. That is belief, I think, although I must admit that I feel very unsure of the ground on this particular facet of our debate. view post


posted 20 Apr 2004, 18:04 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Actually, almost this exact topic came up in my government class yesterday. A girl in the glass had an interesting idea: what if morals stem from evolution? We talked about similar ideas, but not this. That there is a higher moral law we all must obey, but it is dictated not by a higher being but by our evolutionary history. I found it an interesting thought and thought (no pun intended) I'd share it. view post


posted 21 Apr 2004, 16:04 in Philosophy DiscussionTruth, Lies by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I consider a truth to be something that can be rationally explained to any person regardless of personal experience. People may choose to not believe a truth, but if there is no rational counter-explanation and there is a rational one, it is a truth. Some things cannot be either shown or shown otherwise rationally; these are beliefs. Personally, I think a lie is anything someone does or says or communicates which they know to be false with the intention of conveying a false impression. These are tough ones. view post


History posted 22 Apr 2004, 18:04 in Writing TipsHistory by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

How do you go about writing the history of your world? I have tried several different ways. Usually I create the story world, and then fill in history behind it, but I have also started with the first civilizations and traced them to story time nations. How deep do you usually go into history? The whole thing, or create as you write? view post


posted 27 Apr 2004, 16:04 in Literature DiscussionStephen Erikson's Books by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I spent about half the book getting into it, and the second half devouring it. SE is addicting. view post


posted 02 May 2004, 19:05 in Literature DiscussionStephen Erikson's Books by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I think there are spoilers, if nothing else in the relationships between characters that develop in GotM. view post


posted 02 May 2004, 19:05 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeMoenghus = Mallahet? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Interesting. I'll have to re-read TDTCB and pay attention to that. view post


posted 02 May 2004, 20:05 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeMoenghus = Mallahet? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Unless it wasn't a mistake, and we're supposed to realize that they are the same, but no characters will? view post


posted 03 May 2004, 21:05 in Off-Topic DiscussionHow did you get here? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I'm glad you like the colors. I must admit, we borrowed them from the PoN site. view post


posted 03 May 2004, 21:05 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I can add one more good thing. I am 200 pages into the third book and LOVING it. I most strongly encourage you to read them as soon as possible. view post


posted 03 May 2004, 21:05 in Author Q & AA quick question. by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Welcome! While not the author (obviously), I would like to extend a welcome and hearty handshake. I'd add a laurel, but we're fresh out. view post


posted 04 May 2004, 21:05 in Off-Topic DiscussionHow did you get here? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

We didn't steal them anyway, because it is a general theme, colors aren't copyrighted (to my knowledge...). view post


posted 04 May 2004, 21:05 in Literature DiscussionStephen Erikson's Books by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

SE's books have the feel of military history/detective/fantasy/mythological works. They are quite unique. I too love the explosive chaos, where everything just flies to hell. view post


posted 11 May 2004, 15:05 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeMoenghus = Mallahet? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

That was truly stunning! It all makes sense, too, except for one element I find odd. Why would Maithanet/Mallahet/Moenghus want to set the three seas against one another just prior to the war for survival. It will weaken them of manpower and materials, and seems like a poor move to me. Better to rally them around a holy war against the Consult from the very beginning, it seems to me. Very impressive theory. view post


posted 13 May 2004, 21:05 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeMoenghus = Mallahet? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I see now, Norsirai. You are saying Moenghus would frame the Consult and get everyone upset with them. Makes sense now. view post


posted 15 May 2004, 17:05 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeMoenghus = Mallahet? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

It would make sense for Maithanet to leave Sarcellus where he is, however, if he intends to use the Consult as an enemy. He could then point and say "look, they're everywhere!" view post


posted 18 May 2004, 15:05 in The Darkness That Comes Beforekellhus == good guy?? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Out of curiosity, what do you consider yourself to be? You don't have to answer if you don't want to, but I was just wondering since you seem to lament our nihilist positions. I think there is something about fantasy that either attracts or creates nihilist type individuals. That sounds like philosophy to me... view post


posted 18 May 2004, 15:05 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeMoenghus = Mallahet? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I don't think, correct me if I'm worng, that it says anywhere that an Anasurimbor will save the world. It just says he will come. So essentially, with the presence of Kellhus, or even Moenghus, actually, the nearing of the end of the world is announced. However, it is still unclear exactly [i:3bq0iw0l]how[/i:3bq0iw0l] it will end. view post


Fantasy and Philosophy posted 18 May 2004, 15:05 in Philosophy DiscussionFantasy and Philosophy by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

This is a subject I find quite interesting. I have discussed at some length with my friend Wil the huge impact I feel fantasy has had in my moral and even personal development. I hold certain values which, should I trace them to their roots, would grow from the soil oif fantasy. I read fantasy during the crucial development of my philosophical self, and I feel that it altered my development. This then presents, to me anyway, the interesting question: are certain people attracted to fantasy because of a mental/genetic/? predispostion? Or is fantasy an 'affliction' which must strike at a key moment in development or mental state? Essentially, though I feel that fantasy shaped me, did it in fact or did it only reflect the values I already held to? I would be interested to hear the thoughts of the rest of you fantasy nuts on the board regarding this topic. view post


posted 18 May 2004, 19:05 in The Darkness That Comes Beforekellhus == good guy?? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

It was all quite clear except that I must admit I don't know what kantian ethics are... If you could explain I would be much obliged. view post


posted 18 May 2004, 19:05 in Philosophy DiscussionFantasy and Philosophy by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I see what you are saying, but your brother could have a certain set of moral attitudes which, though he doesn't realize it, cause him to thoroughly enjoy fantasy. Also, regarding your comment about not thinking about philosophy at a young age: just because you don't think about it doesn't mean that you didn't already have sort of set of morals at work inside you. Sorry about the scattered nature of the post, but I'm on my way out... view post


posted 19 May 2004, 15:05 in The Darkness That Comes Beforekellhus == good guy?? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Thank you very much. But regarding your last statement, what If I want to provide examples which support a lack of morality. Can you produce examples that support the existence of morality? I tend to believe that without a deity there can be no morality. And because I feel there can be no deity, I must therefore conclude that there is no morality (using morality in the bigger sense here, not as a personal code). So, what the morality argument comes down to for me is whether there is or is not a god. However, your model seems to support morality without the presence of a deity, but seems to me to fall victim to the same godless morality quandary: there is no real standard if morality is simply a universal principal. Morality in this case then depends on the size and type of your universe, it would seem. Correct me if I'm wrong, and let me know what you think. Edited 05.21.04: Inaccurate reference to Scott Bakker's position on deities and religion removed. My apologies, Scott. Sovin Nai view post


posted 19 May 2004, 15:05 in Philosophy DiscussionFantasy and Philosophy by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I don't think Fantasy is an escape for the weak. I think it can be an escape for the outcast, a world where he/she is accepted. I know I really got into fantasy at a time when I didn't really have any friends. However, I am now (and have been for some time) socially acceptable, have a fairly wide group of friends, and a girlfriend. What keeps me coming back is the offer of all the elements of storytelling in one place. Fantasy is the only genre I can think of where you can combine historical fiction, mystery, detective, horror, suspense, romance, character development, action, religion, war, and quests in one bundle. Fantasy encompasses every other genre. When I read a fiction work, I miss the wonder of reading about unknowns. War stories lack the principals and reasons behind fantasy. This is, I think, what has kept me hooked, in addition to desiring to explore worlds not already explored by humanity. view post


posted 21 May 2004, 15:05 in The Darkness That Comes Beforekellhus == good guy?? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

No problem. My point is that if you say morality is rational, stemming from humans, as I believe you are, then what average do you take for morality. The Nazis' morality? Stalin's? An average, where you can't kill people, but retarded people can be maimed? I don't understand how, without a deity, you can say what is truly moral. Otherwise morality is just a convenient social construct, as I believe. Not that this makes it any less important or valuable. That is what I was trying to say, although I may have missed the point about where kantian morality stems from. view post


posted 21 May 2004, 15:05 in The Warrior ProphetRelease Dates by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Sometime in June, I believe... Got it, June 24, according to penguin.ca view post


posted 21 May 2004, 16:05 in Philosophy DiscussionFantasy and Philosophy by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I think a lack of religion makes people either much stronger or much weaker. The same with religious fervor. For example: I, as an atheist, believe that the decisions I make are going to be my responsibliity, mine to get out of, and I damn well better worry about what's coming my way if I want to dodge it or embrace it. This makes me careful, think ahead, [i:1ssq7yy7]fear[/i:1ssq7yy7] ruining my life. Fear is key; I think it drives me to better myself or I'll end up like a bum. This isn't fear I even notice, just a feeling that I want to do the best I am capable of. 'David,' as a devoutly religious man, 'knows' his god is keeping a friendly eye on him. If he has a catastrophe, he doesn't really worry because, well, god will bail him out. He prays, feels better, and tells everyone, including himself, that 'god has a plan.' [i:1ssq7yy7]His[/i:1ssq7yy7] fear is channeled into a fear of going to hell and anxiety over going to heaven; thus, to assuage his fears, he just follows the bible and sleeps easy. I see David as weaker, because he does not accept responsibility for his future, he abdicates directing his life to the church. I take full responsibility, and will not rail at fate, destiny, god, or the church for any of my problems. This is an example of the strength of atheism and the weakness of religion. BUT: If David and I ever fight one another, he will pray and have at me (generally), while I will, out of fear, be cautious. As a result David may well die, but chances are high that I will die with him. We see this every day in the Middle East and terrorism. In this case, with the prime aim of vanquishing his opponent at any cost, sacrificing, David has the advantage. But he probably will die. This is the price he pays for his relief of fear granted him by his faith. He lives fear free, but must be willing to follow the guidelines for getting to heaven in order to recieve this gift. The problem lies in whether a god actually does exist or not. If yes, then David is all set and probably made the better choice. If not, then David is screwed over, because he will die for nothing. I have the choice of choosing what to die for: god, no. Family, yes. Beliefs, depending on what they are and the offense. What it comes down to is choice and responsibility. You choose your life's direction and take responsibility for it, or offer it to god and enjoy the ride. That was a lot! I wrote this as an oration, really, but I'm not claiming its all entirely right, I just came up with this as I wrote it, although it does seem to be what I believe. view post


posted 21 May 2004, 21:05 in The Darkness That Comes Beforekellhus == good guy?? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

But [i:ao194b3l]why[/i:ao194b3l] should we follow ethics, Kantian or otherwise. Why is treating people as ends in themselves the way to go? That is my point. Short of a god saying 'becuase,' I see no way to define morality as anything other than fluid. Scott, in another thread, corrected me, pointing out that he said choice was neccessary for morality, not a deity. view post


posted 24 May 2004, 15:05 in The Darkness That Comes Beforekellhus == good guy?? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I disagree about the vacuum, but I will have to respond later. view post


posted 06 Jun 2004, 03:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Handsome view post


posted 06 Jun 2004, 03:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

GRRM makes my top three, it's just that I'm not currently reading it. view post


posted 06 Jun 2004, 03:06 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeJust bought my beautiful hardcover by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I agree. Scott, your cover is quite possibly the most attractive I have ever seen. It has a wonderful blend of art, class, and other-worldliness. view post


posted 07 Jun 2004, 19:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Black Adder view post


posted 07 Jun 2004, 19:06 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeJust bought my beautiful hardcover by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I most definitely concur! view post


posted 08 Jun 2004, 03:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Eve view post


posted 08 Jun 2004, 04:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionThe LOTR Films by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

TTT! The second book of Tolkien and third (in thery) of Bakker. That is interesting... view post


posted 10 Jun 2004, 05:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

ring view post


posted 10 Jun 2004, 06:06 in Tour and Signing InformationBakka-Phoenix this June 12th by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

You know what would do me in is if your UK audience were to meet you before Wil and me, who are only a country away, as opposed to a continent and ocean! view post


posted 11 Jun 2004, 17:06 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeNames and Pronunciation by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Personally, I like them, because it gives the names more of a historical and less fantastical context. If they are troubling you, there is a glossary in the back with pronunciations. view post


posted 11 Jun 2004, 17:06 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeMoenghus = Mallahet? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Why does everyone keep focusing on Kellhus? Why couldn't Moenghus be the Anasurimbor at the end of the world? So far, unless I am missing something, Kellhus hasn't done anything that Moenghus hasn't. view post


posted 12 Jun 2004, 18:06 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeNames and Pronunciation by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

What do you think about getting some recordings of Scott saying them which you can play in the World Info section? (worldinfo.three-seas.com) view post


posted 14 Jun 2004, 17:06 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeNames and Pronunciation by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I'll mention it and see what he thinks. view post


posted 14 Jun 2004, 17:06 in Author Q & AIs the No-God a Nonman? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I LIKE that analogy! Did you mean TTT or TWP in your post above? view post


posted 16 Jun 2004, 07:06 in Philosophy DiscussionFantasy and Philosophy by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I can certainly respect that. It doesn't work for me personally, but so long as you know why you believe what you do and can discuss it, I can respect it. view post


posted 16 Jun 2004, 07:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionOS's and Browsers by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

To swing the topic a tad, what distros do those of you who use linux use? I have tried Red Hat, Fedora, and am currently working on getting Slackware running, though I am having mouse problems. view post


posted 17 Jun 2004, 02:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

The Farseer Trilogy is quite astounding. However, I enjoyed the middle trilogy the most, The Liveship Traders. I both agree and disagree with peter; I do think that there was not necessarily a need to continue the Farseer Trilogy, but once Hobb opened up the story with The Liveship Traders, it had to be told. Also, there is a sort of paternal enjoyment in reading about Fitz all grown up. An amazing Robin Hobb forum (of which Wil and I are members) is the Farseer Forums at www.members.lycos.co.uk/farseerforums/. I highly recommend it. view post


posted 17 Jun 2004, 02:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionOS's and Browsers by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

So you are saying that you use an older installation because it is better than the latest? That's something you don't hear very often. You must update the kernel or something though, don't you? And the packages? But then it wouldn't be RH7.0 any more. view post


posted 17 Jun 2004, 02:06 in The Warrior ProphetTWP In Canada by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I, living in the US, have purchased from amazon.ca and co.uk. Both ship with no problem, just take a little longer and cost, in the case of the UK, quite a bit more. view post


posted 17 Jun 2004, 02:06 in Author AnnouncementsThe Space Channel by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Will somebody tape it if they see it? I would really like to see it but I'm here in the US. For that matter, if someone gets a digital copy and it's legal (which it probably isn't) we could post it. view post


posted 17 Jun 2004, 02:06 in Author AnnouncementsTHE THOUSANDFOLD THOUGHT by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

What color are you thinking for this one? view post


posted 17 Jun 2004, 02:06 in Philosophy DiscussionFantasy and Philosophy by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I have very little time, but the thing that struck me was the difference between faiths built upon precedent and faith built upon information. One has been desmonstrated as true and the other has been said to be true. I feel thes are different and I need to think about them and go. view post


posted 19 Jun 2004, 00:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionOS's and Browsers by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Will do. I am about to purchase a laptop for school and want to try as many different distros on my desktop before picking one for the laptop. I also have heard that some distros are better suited to laptop use. Any thoughts? view post


posted 19 Jun 2004, 00:06 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeNames and Pronunciation by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

OK. Scott said he'll see what can be done about the audio. I'm not sure when, if ever, it may be happening, but I'll post it. view post


posted 19 Jun 2004, 00:06 in Author AnnouncementsTHE THOUSANDFOLD THOUGHT by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Like It. view post


posted 19 Jun 2004, 00:06 in Philosophy DiscussionFantasy and Philosophy by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

as·sump·tion n. 1. The act of taking to or upon oneself: assumption of an obligation. 2. The act of taking possession or asserting a claim: assumption of command. 3. The act of taking for granted: assumption of a false theory. 4. Something taken for granted or accepted as true without proof; a supposition: a valid assumption. 5. Presumption; arrogance. 6. Logic. A minor premise. 7. Assumption 1. Christianity. The taking up of the Virgin Mary into heaven in body and soul after her death. 2. A feast celebrating this event. 3. August 15, the day on which this feast is observed. I seems to me that 4 is your 1 and 6 is your 2. We are at a definition impasse and all seem to be right. :roll: view post


posted 19 Jun 2004, 21:06 in Author Q & ACouple of questions after a reread by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Replay (and Scott), do the dunyain learn to read people's faces or is it just something they are able to do because of their study of anatomy and their own suppression of feelings? It may be a by-product of study. view post


posted 19 Jun 2004, 21:06 in Philosophy DiscussionDescartes by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I think it all comes down to definitions again. By 'am' he means 'to be,' correct? If so, I both agree and disagree. If something can think then it definitely 'is.' But just because something can't think does not, to my mind, make it not 'being' in existence. view post


posted 22 Jun 2004, 05:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionOS's and Browsers by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Thanks Loose. It sounds like a good idea. view post


posted 22 Jun 2004, 05:06 in The Darkness That Comes Beforekellhus == good guy?? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

WOW. Welcome to the board and what a first post! Re the vacuum (sorry about the lag): We may begin in vacuum, which I have not thought enough about yet to have an opinion regarding, but in the post-vacuum existence, life, we can make theory decisions based on evidence. I see more evidence of a lack of morality than presence. Regardless of where we begin, we can still analyze the world around us. Also, where is this vacuum? Prior to conscious thought? If that is the case then we apparantly randomly choose a belief or disbelief in morality. If you can't think about it, you can't even make a decision. view post


posted 27 Jun 2004, 02:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionOS's and Browsers by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I looked into Gentoo, it looks like exactly what I am looking for. I tried to install it though and couldn't get my ethernet adapter drivers running on the PC I wanted to use. I downloaded the html installation guide, but the instructions for just such a situation didn't work. I will pursue further. view post


posted 27 Jun 2004, 02:06 in Philosophy DiscussionDescartes by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Did you ever manage to quit smoking? With regards to what Scott said, theoretically your whole existence is just one layer after another over nothing, like a jawbreaker. You can keep digging deeper, but after you have uncovered everything, you have nothing left. We could be arguing ourselves out of existence. view post


posted 28 Jun 2004, 05:06 in Author Q & ACurious if you... by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Yes, I would certainly not classify this as a romance in any way. There are certainly [i:1vokiklj]romantic[/i:1vokiklj] elements, but romance does not drive the plot. Would someone please point me to a major fantasy work without romance? The closest I can think of is Steven Erikson, and even there you have some romance. view post


posted 28 Jun 2004, 06:06 in Philosophy DiscussionDescartes by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Or that tracking internal changes, and therefore justification, damages the brain's resourcefulness in dealing competetively with external changes. view post


Ages posted 28 Jun 2004, 06:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionAges by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

What is everyone's age here on the forum? I thought I'd do a poll so if you aren't interested in personally sharing, you could just vote anonymously if you like. view post


posted 28 Jun 2004, 06:06 in Interviews and Reviewswotmania Interview with Scott by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Very well done. Thanks a bunch for the link, Aldarion. That should help us out. view post


posted 28 Jun 2004, 18:06 in Author Q & ACurious if you... by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I guess. But I must admit I was rather taken aback by the quote. view post


posted 29 Jun 2004, 04:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionOS's and Browsers by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Does SuSE charge for their distros? view post


posted 30 Jun 2004, 06:06 in The Warrior ProphetThe No-God by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I see what you are saying about the Sranc and Inchoroi, but it still has never made sense to me why evil creatures serve out of loyalty. I think it is purely because the Sranc thrive on violence and the No-God offers them an organized way to go about it. As for the Scylvendi, I believe it says that they fought for the No-God, but am not entirely sure. This being the case, it could be that they were looking for a war in which they could, like the Sranc, let loose their blood frenzy. Or, they may at the time not been the Scylvendi, but a collection of tribes peoples who were repressed by the civilized world. The No-God offered them a chance at vengeance and power. They may have only identified themselves as a group after the apocalypse. view post


posted 30 Jun 2004, 06:06 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

My god, you guys are windy! I think I'm giving up on this thread... view post


Terminology posted 30 Jun 2004, 07:06 in Author Q & ATerminology by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

You use the term chainmail in TWP, and I think it would be more correct to use maille or mail. Chainmail (and chainmaille) is a modern slang term, I believe (I make maille, which is why I care). I think maille with two lls looks better personally. view post


posted 01 Jul 2004, 00:07 in Author Q & ATerminology by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Definitely! And apparently that is a concern, considering your history... [quote:4toro3ya]About Mail Mail is formed by the interlinking of metal rings. The resultant mesh of links gives a strong flexible armour which provides excellent protection against most cutting blows. It is also beautiful to look at! Note that mail is the correct medieval term, probably derived through the French maille and Italian maglia from the Latin macula meaning the mesh of a net. The modern term chain mail is a pleonasm.[/quote:4toro3ya] I got this from http://homepage.ntlworld.com/trevor.bar ... r/mail.htm. I knew I had read it somewhere. However, I would still go with maille with two ls, as it looks somewhat better and seems to just be a french root word. view post


posted 01 Jul 2004, 00:07 in The Warrior ProphetThe No-God by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

But the behavior of the Sranc seems too chaotic to really be following out of loyalty. The upper echelons of servants would be more involved, and therefore care more. view post


posted 01 Jul 2004, 01:07 in Philosophy DiscussionThe value of a life by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I have mixed feelings on this. I would like to see those who kill people be themselves killed, but I also see the flaws inherent in such a system. As our prison system now stands, I am for the death sentence, and I think I would be hard pressed to change my mind. Hi Linda! Why don't you join the forum? We are friendly. view post


!Warning! posted 01 Jul 2004, 01:07 in The Warrior Prophet!Warning! by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

This is a spoiler forum. It seems to me that many members have not yet read TWP, which is fine (though you should be ashamed), but be warned that this forum expressly encourages all forms of spoilers. view post


posted 02 Jul 2004, 05:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionAges by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Who thinks they are (or knows who is) the younget here? view post


posted 02 Jul 2004, 05:07 in Philosophy DiscussionThe value of a life by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I think that life is cheap. It is really only in the industrialized world life begins to take on any value. I think we tend to forget that third world countries lose thousands of people to earthquakes. I heard a story on the news some time ago talking about the catastrophic loss of [i:i2ky7flc]seven[/i:i2ky7flc] in the US. We are padded and cushioned. For those reasons I find no argument on moral grounds, save that of whether it is actually more of a punishment to force them to live out their lives. Contrarily, the arguments I do feel carry weight are those of wrongful execution, public funds, and prison conditions. view post


posted 02 Jul 2004, 05:07 in The Warrior Prophet!Warning! by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

It has been brought to my attention that my previous post may have been a bit rude, which reading it in hindsight I can understand. I did not mean the ashamed bit to be rude, but kidding. However, if it caused anyone offense, I do apologize. (I myself finished TWP not that long ago, a fact about which I am rather embarrassed.) view post


posted 03 Jul 2004, 21:07 in The Darkness That Comes Beforekellhus == good guy?? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Um, I don't think any of us are (lawyers, that is). Mostly absessed readers. Though I suppose its quite a complement. Kellhus himself may be neither good nor evil, but I think he can be put into a perspecitve within the story. In TDTCB I think he would be considered a good character based on his actions, if not his motives. Welcome to the forum, way to jump in! view post


TWP Spoilers? posted 03 Jul 2004, 21:07 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeTWP Spoilers? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Now I know this is considered a spoiler forum for TDTCB, but is it also a spoiler for TWP? Some topics overlap and could use reinforcement from the second book, but then this would close this forum to newcomers who have only read the first. What are your feelings? view post


posted 03 Jul 2004, 21:07 in Philosophy DiscussionThe value of a life by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Alright, let me clarify. What I mean is this: 1. I don't have any moral objections to killing a human being in retribution for a killing. I don't believe in the forgiveness policy. 2. That leaves the value of life to be considered, which is nil in the context in the world. People die every day. There is nothing that special about any human life. In regards to the life is cheap comment, I did not mean that it is percieved as cheap by less industrialized nations (though it would seem to me, purely on specualtion, that it would be), so much as the fact that it just is. A lot of people die by means that would be preventable with development or better control and order. Sorry if anyone finds this offensive. I respect life and others, but when someone takes a life I believe they forfeit theirs. view post


posted 05 Jul 2004, 19:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionHow did you get here? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I added a book link option. Sorry to any of you who had to vote for something else. view post


posted 05 Jul 2004, 19:07 in The Darkness That Comes Beforekellhus == good guy?? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I think you are right, actually. I never thought about it quite like that, and I agree with you. I still maintain that the reader empathizes with him as a 'good' character (at least in TDTCB). view post


posted 05 Jul 2004, 19:07 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeTWP Spoilers? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

You can change the font color. Use [ color=#2B2B2B]spoiler text[/color]. This will make the text background color. Enclose the spoiler text in dashes, like this: -- [color=#2B2B2B:2cofzskl]Spoiler text here. You can highlight this text and then use the pulldown menu to change it to any color, then replace the color with the hexadecimel value (#2B2B2B).[/color:2cofzskl] -- That does it. view post


posted 05 Jul 2004, 19:07 in The Warrior ProphetMy thoughts on TWP by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I thought the nonmen came from another planet, the inchoroi may have come from another planet but are here no longer, and the consult currently is trying to rebuild the inchoroi society with there own aims. view post


posted 05 Jul 2004, 19:07 in The Warrior ProphetThe No-God by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

But it is true, as Carnifex said (welcome to the board!), that the fact of Mog-Pharou losing may count for more. My impression is that when a warrior dies, no matter how many swazond, they are as nothing, becuase they lost. view post


posted 05 Jul 2004, 19:07 in Author Q & ACurious if you... by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

You can also try, depending on where you are, barnesandnoble.com in the 'used and out of print' section. Often you can get them for less there. view post


posted 05 Jul 2004, 19:07 in Tour and Signing InformationMichigan? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

How about Maryland sometime next fall! view post


posted 05 Jul 2004, 19:07 in Philosophy DiscussionThe value of a life by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Thanks. Re forgivness: I mean that I feel forgiveness is up to each and every person and there is much to be said for not forgiving. I have seen too many people forgive and forgive and get hurt by the same person again and again. If someone chooses not to forgive, I think it can be just as justified, perhaps more so, and healthy as forgiveness. Re life is cheap: Given the number of people who die every year from every different sort of cause, there is not enough weight behind one person's life to offset the punishment of death. In response to Wil, I see what you are saying, and I suppose I agree. However, most convicts have contributed little to society, and so that does not factor into my death penalty stance, I guess. view post


posted 07 Jul 2004, 00:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionWoh! by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Thanks. Could you clarify about the subject box? view post


posted 07 Jul 2004, 00:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I'm a jazz nut, with everything else (except country, disgusting stuff) mixed in. Diana Krall and Louise Rose lately, a little Green Day, R. Kelly, Outkast, and some Mozart Masses. view post


posted 07 Jul 2004, 00:07 in Member Written WorksIdea for this forum by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I am interested. Are you thinking of within this forum, or as a separate site when you say 'I have some other ideas for how such a thing could work and be formatted?' Either way, I'm interested. view post


posted 07 Jul 2004, 00:07 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeTWP Spoilers? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I would recommend then that they be avoided except when strictly necessary. The only limitation is that many theories incorporate support from both books. view post


posted 07 Jul 2004, 00:07 in The Warrior ProphetMy thoughts on TWP by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I concur. I love the label 'the inchoroi brothers' btw. view post


posted 07 Jul 2004, 00:07 in Tour and Signing InformationMichigan? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Drizzt? view post


posted 07 Jul 2004, 03:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionWoh! by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I think this is a browser by browser issue. What browser are you using? In Mozilla and firefox there is no problem, that I am aware of. Sorry about that, but I know what you mean in IE, I think. view post


posted 07 Jul 2004, 03:07 in Tour and Signing InformationMichigan? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

:oops: Sorry, I'm not. view post


Sorry posted 07 Jul 2004, 08:07 in General AnnouncementsSorry by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

We are having some technical difficulties at the moment, but I am exhausted and must go to sleep, so they will have to wait a bit. I'm very sorry. view post


posted 07 Jul 2004, 23:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I got a new cd the other day called Night Silence Desert, by two Iranians. It's traditional middle eastern, and makes great fantasy background. I also like (for background) Loreena McKennit(sp), Adiemus, and the LOTR soundtrack. view post


posted 07 Jul 2004, 23:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionWoh! by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I'm not sure how, if it's possible, to fix that. Sorry. view post


posted 07 Jul 2004, 23:07 in Writing TipsWorld-building by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I tried something new for the world I am currently working on, and I like it. Prior, here was my problem: I liked the look of hand-drawn maps, but hated how hard they were to edit and reproduce, where the Photoshop wins. So, I sketched my coastline and scanned it into a layer. Then I printed it and traced on the back of the paper adding much more detail, but following the main line. This keeps the shape, but allows for a 'rugged' coastline. I did that again, and it was now flipped correctly. Then I started drawing mountains/rivers/lakes/what-have-you on printed copies of the coastline, scanning them, and putting just that feature in its own layer. I went through the same detailing process, which is very cool at a high res, because you can actually do enlargements of certain regions and put in details unseen in the large image. It looks really great, but is a lot of labor. view post


Drug Legalization posted 08 Jul 2004, 00:07 in Philosophy DiscussionDrug Legalization by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

ADMIN EDIT: This is a split topic from "the value of a life", so the beginning post dosen't make that much sense, but just keep reading. Thank you. You make good points. I totally agree with your drug idea. I have been saying that for year. Legalize drugs and we'll have a short burst of massive ODs, then everyone will see someone they know destroyed and never touch the stuff, except for the nuts, and they'll get taxed the hell out of. view post


posted 10 Jul 2004, 23:07 in General AnnouncementsSorry by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Well, things seem to be pretty much back up around here, 10 hours of work later. I had to hand code some repairs; don't ask me how the hell they worked or why, but there it is. I am very happy. Please let me know about any odd glitches or errors on your end. Theoretically, your unread posts will now be saved for you even if you log out. view post


posted 11 Jul 2004, 00:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionYour top 5 fantasy series... by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

1. George RR Martin 2. Steven Erikson 3. Robin Hobb 4. R. Scott Bakker 5. ? view post


posted 11 Jul 2004, 00:07 in Member Written WorksWeek One Scene by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I would emphasize the importance of being on time with submissions, to my mind. No one wants to have old one's trailing in. Please respect the deadline; no one will think less of you if you miss a week. view post


posted 11 Jul 2004, 18:07 in Literature DiscussionA Game of Thrones by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I have reread them once. I found it just as enjoyable because it had been a while since the firtst time, and because they are so complex I had forgotten enough the first time that it was like re-aquainting myself with the characters and world. Hey Loof, what is that theory? I have never heard of it and don't think I've figured it out for myself unless I've forgotten (it has been a while...). view post


posted 11 Jul 2004, 18:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I think dylan is rooted in folk with country influences personally. I am big fan. I just got a life size standup of Diana Krall from barnes and noble. Did you know that all you have to do to get one is ask them to hold it for you when they take it down and they will? Anyway, one more unnecessary item in my room. view post


Sex posted 11 Jul 2004, 19:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionSex by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Okay, it's everyone's favorite time again, another poll! Just curious about your sex, as in gender. You're disappointed now aren't you, after eagerly clicking on the title? :lol: I'm not sure why I enjoy data gathering so much, I think it's curiosity. view post


Women In the Three Seas posted 12 Jul 2004, 02:07 in Author Q & AWomen In the Three Seas by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

NOTE: This was originally posted by Fortinbras, who requested a move. Due to errors in the moving procedure, It was accidentally deleted. I apologize, and here is the message text in full. I've just recently finished The Darkness That Comes Before, and find myself wondering about a few points. Primarily, I'm curious as to why women in Bakker's setting are portrayed in such a subdued role, as a whole and with individual characters. That is, the two main females are both prostitutes, both have a sort of "neediness" to them, and the book seems to imply that women in general in the Three Seas take quite a back seat to men - they fit the "cooking, sexing and cleaning" stereotype, while it's solely men who deal in political issues, war, etcetera. Less important, but still raising curiosity is the presence of sex in the book. It seems to be overly present, without lending too much to the story. If somebody would care to shed some light on this, I would be much obliged. Addendum: In retrospect, this probably would have fit better in Author Q&A. I'd be grateful if a moderator could move it there. view post


posted 12 Jul 2004, 02:07 in Author Q & AOn the subject of Chorae by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I would assume that chorae could also penetrate and nullify any magic, including wards. view post


posted 12 Jul 2004, 03:07 in Philosophy DiscussionDrug Legalization by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I agree with whoever said (and I can't find the quote now) that the social issue is the root of the issue and drug issues should be fought there. view post


posted 12 Jul 2004, 20:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionSex by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I am quite disappointed in the lack of female members. Do you think it's the books, the forum, or the genre? view post


posted 12 Jul 2004, 20:07 in Literature DiscussionA Game of Thrones by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Yeah I am going to reread them this summer/fall. Here's what's lined up: Midnight Tides (just started it) The Iliad (for college, required reading upon arrival) Shadow and Claw (Gene Wolfe) ASOIAF view post


posted 12 Jul 2004, 20:07 in Author Q & ATerminology by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

That would apply to most other rpgs though, too. view post


posted 12 Jul 2004, 20:07 in Author Q & AWomen In the Three Seas by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Wil and I are FIRM, HARDCORE believers in the right to free speech and nothing anyone ever says on here will be restricted unless it becomes attacking. On the other hand, I would encourage generally 'clean' posts because honestly, if you can't say it cleanly, is it that important? Swearing for punctuation, which I certainly have used, is different to my mind than f that, f this, etc. That's why there are no rules. view post


posted 12 Jul 2004, 20:07 in Interviews and ReviewsLondon Free Press Article by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

What is C&W? I can't believe I got mentioned in that article! The only problem is that I found it in New Brunswick... Ah well, I have now been mentioned in international news (though not by name)! view post


posted 12 Jul 2004, 20:07 in Literature DiscussionA Game of Thrones by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Um, what book are you talking about? view post


posted 12 Jul 2004, 20:07 in Literature DiscussionA Game of Thrones by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Shut it. view post


posted 13 Jul 2004, 03:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionSex by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Well, whatever the reason, our odds aren't looking good. :? view post


posted 13 Jul 2004, 03:07 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat introduced you to philosophy? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I like to read and I like to debate (argue). Philosophy just seems natural; something you can talk a great deal about, argue about, read about, and never solve (or if you do, there's always something else). view post


posted 14 Jul 2004, 20:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionYour top 5 fantasy series... by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I find it hilarious that almost no one has actually posted 5. They are all less or more. And, I think that sums up who we are quite well. :roll: view post


posted 14 Jul 2004, 20:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Eyes (bug) view post


posted 15 Jul 2004, 01:07 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat introduced you to philosophy? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Well, I am an extremely ignorant philosopher. I actually know very little about the topic from an academic perspective. (That should hopefully change next year.) view post


posted 15 Jul 2004, 01:07 in Author AnnouncementsFREE BOOK CONTEST by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I like the idea. Why seven? view post


posted 15 Jul 2004, 01:07 in The Warrior ProphetFor a US Reader -- by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Moved to TWP forum due to nature of discussion. view post


posted 15 Jul 2004, 01:07 in The Warrior ProphetFor a US Reader -- by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

www.bn.com is also good for out of print books, though I'm not sure about Canadian titles. view post


posted 15 Jul 2004, 19:07 in Literature DiscussionOther Literature Forum by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I like that idea. Aldarion, I say go ahead, but put it in the other forum. view post


posted 15 Jul 2004, 21:07 in Member Written WorksWeek One Scene by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I have a question about deadlines. Is it friday or sunday? Let's just settle on one. Personally, I think it should be sunday, with new submissions for the next week starting of saturday, so there is a slight overlap. view post


posted 15 Jul 2004, 21:07 in Literature DiscussionFantasy by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Split from the Language thread in the Author Q&A Forum. --- I too love it for the lack of magic. It makes it feel more real, like historical fiction, at the beginning, and then once you are thoroughly ensnared and captivated magic begins trickling in, keeping reality. It is absolutely brilliant. view post


posted 15 Jul 2004, 21:07 in Author Q & ALanguage by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Topic split, the remaining being moved to Other Fantasy Discussion. view post


posted 15 Jul 2004, 21:07 in Author Q & AWomen In the Three Seas by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I LOVE spicy. The hotter the better. And I love your fantasy. So I guess I fit the profile. Although, sometimes the sexuality part is a bit intense. view post


Ayn Rand posted 15 Jul 2004, 21:07 in Philosophy DiscussionAyn Rand by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I know very little about AR's philosophy, but I have read the Fountainhead and can certainly say that I really enjoyed it. I believe her idea is one of being true to yourself regardless of others, but like I said I'n not really sure. view post


posted 16 Jul 2004, 03:07 in Member Written WorksWeek One Scene by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Seems to me we could critique so long as someone is doing a critique (if that made sense). New members may have something to add to an old post. view post


posted 16 Jul 2004, 03:07 in Philosophy DiscussionAyn Rand by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Again, as I understand it, it is doing what you feel is the thing to do, whatever that may be, and so long as you do you will succeed. For example, in the book Howard Roark is a modern architect in a traditional era. He refuses to build colonial buildings because that is not who he is. I'm not very knowledgeable. I know Scott knows about it. view post


posted 16 Jul 2004, 14:07 in The Thousandfold ThoughtLike father like son? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

A hell of a lot after Esmenet, I think. view post


posted 19 Jul 2004, 02:07 in Literature DiscussionA Game of Thrones by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Yeah, I don't think anything actually rules out lyanna and rhaegar. Personally, I love the theory, and I'll keep it in mind when I reread. view post


posted 19 Jul 2004, 02:07 in The Thousandfold ThoughtLike father like son? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Since we don't know the aims of Moenghus, it could be that he anticipated the consult interfering and moved preventatively, before they had the chance to be ready or realize his strength. Or maybe he just doesn't like them, though that doesn't seem very dunyain. I definitely think there are any number of explanations for a possible war between Moenghus and the Consult. view post


posted 19 Jul 2004, 02:07 in Member Written WorksWeek One Scene by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

No problem. What do you mean by bump up? view post


posted 19 Jul 2004, 03:07 in Philosophy DiscussionIs the idea of a "god" inherent in our minds? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I know what you are talking about, but to me it doesn't hint at anything greater. It's a statistical marvel. How many beautiful rain showers are there per year? If I see one when I am more statistically likely to not, I consider myself fortunate and revel in its scarcity. I have a deep belief in statistical spirituality, I gues you would call it. Maybe I should start a thread... view post


posted 19 Jul 2004, 03:07 in Philosophy DiscussionThe value of a life by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

The problem with offering freedom for service is that some people are mentally unstable, and they may have issues beyond their control which induce violence. This then makes for a non-viable system. view post


posted 19 Jul 2004, 17:07 in Member Written WorksWeek One : Drosdelnoch by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Two general comments: It was good, contained good imagery, but sometimes the writing style seemed a tad pretentious, which is something I have problems with. There seemed to be run-on sentences. I would go back through and clean some of them. If you're interested, I'd try editing it. Liked it on the whole. view post


posted 19 Jul 2004, 17:07 in Member Written WorksWeek One: Gurgeh by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Damn! I wrote a story with the same twist, though not as well. I couldn't post it because of computer problems. That is so bizarre. I liked it a lot. I had no idea coming to the end that the man was dead, and I think it's better for it. The end acting as a twist is great. Sometimes your writing style seemed a bit overly dramatic. Thanks so much for being willing to share. view post


posted 19 Jul 2004, 17:07 in Member Written WorksWeek One: Replay by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I liked it, and I wouldn't add any more detail. I think if you did it would sound forced, and I think it is this excess detail which plagues so many beginning authors. After reading it, I had a perfect impression in my mind of the scene. In fact, if anything I would say lose some dramatic descriptions in the first couple paragraphs. Loved it. view post


Week Three Scene Nominations posted 19 Jul 2004, 17:07 in Member Written WorksWeek Three Scene Nominations by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I thought if we started earlier we might get more ideas. Two charcters (men or women) confront one another over the death of a shared loved one for some reason. view post


posted 19 Jul 2004, 17:07 in Member Written WorksWeek Two Scene Nominations [CLOSED] by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Wil, how about putting a time on the poll so we can settle and start writing. view post


6 Month Anniversary posted 19 Jul 2004, 17:07 in General Announcements6 Month Anniversary by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

We just had our 6 mo anniversary on July 16 and missed it! Thanks to all of you for making this a great forum, I couldn't be happier (except for finding a few women). view post


posted 21 Jul 2004, 00:07 in Literature Discussiondark tower? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I read the bit in Legends or Legends II, don't remember which, from the dark tower and really liked it. They're on my list. view post


posted 26 Jul 2004, 17:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is/was/will be your college major? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

That's cool Orion. I have been a sound tech all through middle and high school, as well as some private paid gigs. It's a sweet job, though not what I'm persuing. view post


posted 26 Jul 2004, 17:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

pedophile view post


posted 26 Jul 2004, 18:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

humour view post


posted 26 Jul 2004, 19:07 in Philosophy DiscussionThe value of a life by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I wasn't saying that this wouldn't work for everyone. But some people therapy doesn't help, at least not to a release point, and so you couldn't have a blanket policy. In fact, I think a less extreme form would be better for petty crimes. view post


Statistical Sprirtuality posted 26 Jul 2004, 19:07 in Philosophy DiscussionStatistical Sprirtuality by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Ok, a while ago I made the mistake of mentioning a vague collection of ideas I had cobbled together over the last couple months within Scott's proverbial hearing. I called it Statistical Spirituality, and Scott quite rightly demanded some sort of explanation. I spent the intervening time thinking about how to convey these concepts, and here it is, though I make no claim it is necessarily comprehensive or entirely accurate. It is where I currently am in my exploration of the concept. __________________________________________ Statistical Spirituality Jack Brown 07.26.04 Statistical Spirituality is the belief that the random twists of the world can be recognized spiritually, particularly as pertaining to beauty and fate. Thus, events such as rainbows, spectacular sunsets, and natural disasters may be explained statistically and scientificaly yet also retain a spiritual nature undiminished by their explanation. Some examples: A beautiful rainbow directly after a loved one dies. This is not a message or sign from anything, it is the random occurance of a rainbow and simultaneous death of a loved one. A pure [i:2xt32kcy]statistical[/i:2xt32kcy] chance. However, this does not lessen the awe or wonder one may feel when witnessing such a beautiful sight after a tragedy. After all, [i:2xt32kcy]what are the chances?[/i:2xt32kcy] We see the juxtaposition of improbable statistical events and the emotion of spirituality. Does this demean the emotion felt? No. Does it demean the surprise of the event? No. This is the first permution of Statistical Spirituality, that of events. The second permutation is closely related, and is that of fate. Statistical fate is similar but different to traditional fate. Statistical fate holds that you and the world determine your fate through that actions taken by every piece of matter on the planet, but is fundamentally random. I have a true story a friend told me about neighbors who dated in high school, married other people, got divorced, and ran into each other years later and got married. Sounds like fate, but it can be explained by their actions and those of the people around them. They broke up for some reason, say losing touch or percieved incompatibility. They married someone else because they thought they loved them. Theygot divorced because it turns out they didn't. They randomly ran into one another and hit it off, we hear about it and call it traditional fate. But what if they hadn't run into one another? We never would have heard of it. The problem with traditional fate is that we only see the evidence for and never against. We often say 'What are the chances?,' and here we have hit fate on its proverbial head. 'What are the chances?' Not very good. Not very [i:2xt32kcy]statistically[/i:2xt32kcy] high. Only when we witness a chance improbability influenced by the compounding of past actions or inactions do we perceive fate. What many fail to comprehend is the significance of this. Far from detracting from fate, these principals serve to illustrate the importance of our daily activities to the future of not only ourselves but of those around us. These two permutations combined form the frame of statistical sprituality, serving as a model illustrating our world. ________________________________________ Feel free to comment. view post


posted 26 Jul 2004, 19:07 in Writing TipsWorld-building by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

You use flash? That doesn't seem very suited to mapping. view post


posted 26 Jul 2004, 19:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

count view post


posted 26 Jul 2004, 19:07 in Author Q & AWhen is TDTCB being released in paperback in the US? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

No clue. As far as I know it's not even in the works. view post


posted 26 Jul 2004, 22:07 in Literature DiscussionDan Brown by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Yes, but you can't devalue something simply because of excessive value placed on it by others. Take LOTR. With the movies there is now all sorts of hype, but that doesn't demean the original work, merely the people hyping. I haven't read either, though Wil has been trying... view post


posted 26 Jul 2004, 22:07 in Philosophy DiscussionStatistical Sprirtuality by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Actually, that's sort of opposite of my thought, but I don't have time to go into that. view post


posted 27 Jul 2004, 20:07 in Philosophy DiscussionStatistical Sprirtuality by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Thank you for the responses, and no one has ripped me apart yet! Wil pointed out to me that the post above really should discuss the influence of the universe on our fate, not just the world. Of course, I think that at some point the changes become so general that they may not have any direct bearing on our futures. Grantaire (and somewhat Scott): Regarding events, what I meant is not that everything is miraculous, but that we only notice the statistical abnormalities, which we label as miracles, signs, what-have-you. You are right about fate, sorry about that last post Grantaire, I should have explained. Larry: My point is that there really is no meaning beyond the improbablility of events happening. If a rainbow occurs after the fall of a dictator, it defies the odds of there being a rainbow after a world-witnessed death. Because there is no meaning, everyone may interpret it in their own way. What if the rainbow is the world's way of rejoicing in the death of a tyrant? It doesn't matter, because all it is is rather unlikely for the rainbow to be there. Scott: I see a couple points of consolation. First, with regard to 'fate,' that you determine your own fate yet have one. I would like to be able to say to my loved one 'we are fated to be together.' But are we? I think yes, but only because of the many small decisions we have made over the course of our lives. People often, when discussing traditional fate, say things like 'could you imagine if I'd just been a minute later' or 'what if I hadn't gone to the party,' but the point is that if they hadn't done whatever that was, they wouldn't even realize that there was anything going on. So the answer to the what-if is this: you wouldn't wonder. However, in all likelyhood they never would have been a minute later or decided not to go, because their prior fate led them to that point in their lives. I like this concept of self driven fate. It gives you a fate to be proud of instead of rail against. The second point of consolation is the elimination of certainty this brings about. If we acknowledge that events only have the significance we give them, then we no longer have the bolstering of one's own argument by way of events. Now, interestingly, to my mind this model still leaves room for a deity, simply not one involved in human affairs. More like the guy (or gal) kickstarted the planet and is having a nice long 3D movie. Personally, I don't believe this, but I am not arguing such a lack necessarily with this theory, which is what I wanted to get across. I believe that the concept of god sprang up through a desire to explain incredible events. Why has god not performed any worldwide miracles lately? Because we now call those hurricanes, tornados, meteors, floods, earthquakes, and forest fires. That is my belief. view post


posted 27 Jul 2004, 20:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is/was/will be your college major? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Don't know about that. You better sign on with someone big. What equipment do you prefer? view post


posted 27 Jul 2004, 20:07 in Literature DiscussionWhat would you say are the must-reads of literature? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Personally, I think it's not so important what you get read so long as you read for life and sample diversity. I figrue that way you're bound to get the important ones. :D view post


posted 27 Jul 2004, 20:07 in The Warrior ProphetKellhus the God by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

THAT made me laugh!!! You make a good point. I think that the difference is thast kellhus uses people to achieve his goals, but the goal of the consult is to use people. view post


posted 27 Jul 2004, 20:07 in Writing TipsWorld-building by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Very gppd point. Interactive maps. I still don't understand how you design them though, because in my experience flash isn't very good with art. Grantaire, I have that exact problem. I it more enjotable to do the world and plot then write. view post


posted 27 Jul 2004, 20:07 in Author Q & AWhen is TDTCB being released in paperback in the US? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Moved to Author Q&A. view post


posted 27 Jul 2004, 21:07 in Author Q & AWhen is TDTCB being released in paperback in the US? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I really feel you must INSIST on original covers. Do you know the huge fan base you could develop simply for keeping those gorgeous canadian ones? People would love to be able to own a trade, hb, and pb all with the same covers, a matched set. view post


posted 27 Jul 2004, 21:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionGay marriage: for or against its legalization in the US? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Couldn't agree more. This could turn into a philosophy thread. view post


posted 29 Jul 2004, 17:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is/was/will be your college major? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Look into Samplitude. I use it for all of my recording. What sort of mixers and mics do you use? view post


posted 29 Jul 2004, 17:07 in Literature DiscussionDont be ashamed (Harry Potter) by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I thoroughly enjoy them. However, aside from my enjoyment, I think the really brilliant thing about them is how many kids are reading them that wouldn't touch a book, let alone fantasy, otherwise. They are spawning a new generation of, hopefully, fantasy enthusiasts. view post


posted 29 Jul 2004, 17:07 in Literature DiscussionWhat would you say are the must-reads of literature? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I'm not saying you should read everything you pick up. But pick up everything you hear good or controversial things about. view post


posted 29 Jul 2004, 17:07 in The Darkness That Comes Beforeodd by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Relax everyone. Where are you from, Painbird? view post


posted 29 Jul 2004, 17:07 in Member Written WorksWeek Three Scene Nominations by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

It should close saturday morning. So, essentially, it is. view post


posted 29 Jul 2004, 17:07 in Member Written WorksWeek Two Scene by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

What do you do? Hopefully nothing with explosives. view post


posted 29 Jul 2004, 17:07 in Interviews and ReviewsWell Scott, you wanted some discussion of your Interviews ;) by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Who is 'the stover?' view post


posted 03 Aug 2004, 05:08 in General AnnouncementsAdministrator Vacation by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I'm back, though Wil should be gone for a while yet. Just had a smashing time with a friend, attending her grandmother's wedding. She has a great family. view post


posted 03 Aug 2004, 05:08 in Philosophy DiscussionThe value of a life by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I feel that when contemplating the value of a life as it relates to the legal system, there can be no differentian made between any two humans, regardless of any other factors. The question is: are we willing to kill in retribution for crime? Is [i:dykih44w]a[/i:dykih44w] human life, regardless of whose, valuable enough not to take if they have committed an atrocity? Drosdelnoch: What I was saying about serial killers is that they can never be released back into society because they cannot be cured (so far as we know). Any justice system offering them an out is not practical. view post


posted 03 Aug 2004, 05:08 in Philosophy DiscussionThings I will not accept in an argument by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Something I particularly hate are analogies that do not work. My mother does this constantly, and refuses to admit their failure. An analogy can be helpful in illustrating a point, but not if it breaks down at a fundamental level. view post


posted 03 Aug 2004, 05:08 in The Darkness That Comes Beforeodd by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Ah. I just thought you may have been from somewhere where you wouldn't have much canadian exposure. And by the by, I have personally heard canadians, both within and outside of canada, say aboot. view post


posted 03 Aug 2004, 05:08 in Writing TipsWorld-building by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I'd love to know. view post


posted 03 Aug 2004, 05:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I was exposed to some new music this last week I'm really enjoying. All American Rejects System of a Down - Debut, Toxicity, Steal this Album Matchbook Romance Blink 182, older recordings Dave Matthews - Some Devil Goo Goo Dolls - Dizzy Up the Girls Maroon 5 The Offspring - Americana Also, I got the soundtrack to De-Lovely, the movie about Cole Porter. Good, but different. view post


posted 03 Aug 2004, 16:08 in Literature DiscussionTerry Goodkind engages in rape fantasy? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I enjoyed the first few books when I read them in middle school, but I tried to reread them a couple of years ago and couldn't. Quite frankly, his writing is shit, imo. At that point I just said screw it, and haven't looked back. view post


posted 03 Aug 2004, 16:08 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeRelease Dates by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

The US edition is also gray with the symbols. The difference between the US and Canadian is that the Canadian is Trade and the US is HB. view post


posted 03 Aug 2004, 17:08 in Interviews and ReviewsR.A. Salvatore mentions Scott in passing by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Not bad at all. Scott should be tickled. view post


posted 03 Aug 2004, 19:08 in Author Q & AFight! Fight! Fight! by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Where did you find it? I have found that it is out of print, so the only way I could get it would be through an out-of-print dealer. Have you found differently? view post


posted 03 Aug 2004, 20:08 in The Warrior ProphetFor a US Reader -- by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Maybe we should make Clarke's World the Official Bookstore of this site? I wonder if we can do that. view post


posted 03 Aug 2004, 20:08 in Author Q & AFight! Fight! Fight! by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Great. I just ordered it from bn.com used and out of print. Thanks for the info. view post


Online RPG? posted 04 Aug 2004, 17:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionOnline RPG? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Wil and I were thinking it could be fun to have some kind of online RPG set in the Three Seas. If you are a member and interested, drop me a PM with any ideas you have or just let me know you're interested. view post


posted 04 Aug 2004, 17:08 in The Warrior ProphetFor a US Reader -- by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

But I don't want ads on the site. Wil and I have decided this site will never carry ads because we both hate them on other sites. view post


posted 05 Aug 2004, 07:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionOnline RPG? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I have no idea, really. Right now I'm just looking for an interested body of people who can begin discussing it. If there is interest and Scott approves, I'm going to set up a forum for it, where we can begin hashing these sorts of things out. Right, now, I'm just exploring. view post


posted 05 Aug 2004, 08:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

What exactly is it that you do Larry? view post


posted 05 Aug 2004, 17:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I enjoy them, and have a couple CDs, but probably wouldn't be a fan. view post


posted 05 Aug 2004, 17:08 in The Darkness That Comes Beforeodd by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I think it has mostly been West coast canadians, so BC, I guess. Also, back in New Brunswick (which is where I stumbled on TDTCB, btw). view post


posted 06 Aug 2004, 14:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Interesting. Sounds like you have a very positive impact in the community. view post


posted 06 Aug 2004, 14:08 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeRelease Dates by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Trade= trade paperback, or the larger sized paperback books usually priced around $14. HB= Hardback. view post


posted 06 Aug 2004, 14:08 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeMoengus ?!?! by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

See the thread 'Moenghus = Mallahet??' here: [url:1pkk2mh0]http://forum.three-seas.com/viewtopic.php?t=133[/url:1pkk2mh0] Thread closed due to duplicate nature. view post


posted 08 Aug 2004, 17:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionOnline RPG? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Right. I'll set up a forum/group which you can join. As JustifiedHeretic showed definite interest, he is already a member. Anyone else wishing to join drop me a pm stating so. Only do so if you are actually interested in at least seriously hammering out a system and contributing, even if not playing. view post


posted 09 Aug 2004, 23:08 in Author Q & AJust a totally stupid question, but I have to ask! by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I own it, and highly recommend it to everyone. Scott should definitely see this if he hasn't. view post


posted 10 Aug 2004, 23:08 in Author Q & AThe appearance of the Sranc? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

What sort of modeling do you mean? If you are talking CG, we can host your models here on the site. view post


posted 11 Aug 2004, 00:08 in Literature DiscussionWhy read fantasy? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

That sounds fun. I am the only fantasy reader in my family. Brian Jacques started it for me in 3rd grade. I had always loved the 'grown up' looking covers in the school library, and in third grade I decided to be brave and try one. That did it, and now I'm admin-ing fantasy forums! view post


posted 11 Aug 2004, 01:08 in Literature DiscussionThe Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I got the first trilogy in middle school and tried but hated them. I sold them to a used bookstore. I felt as though the entire time I was reading I was looking through fog. I know that doesn't make sense, but that is the only way I can describe it. I suppose I should try them again. view post


posted 11 Aug 2004, 02:08 in Philosophy DiscussionIs the idea of a "god" inherent in our minds? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

See the thread titled 'Statistical Spirituality' in this forum. :? view post


posted 12 Aug 2004, 08:08 in Literature DiscussionDont be ashamed (Harry Potter) by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

You can't even begin to compare Harry Potter and GRRM. One is for children to young adults (even though its fun to read as an older person), while the other is for a more mature, gritty, hardcore fantasy audience. I think anything exposing kids to fantasy and getting them reading is great. view post


posted 12 Aug 2004, 08:08 in RPG DiscussionFormat? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I think we need to start even smaller, such as Earwa Online (which I really like, btw):Momemn, and then expand from there. view post


posted 12 Aug 2004, 09:08 in RPG DiscussionCharacter Classes by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I like those ideas. I am going to do a little research into online rpg-ing. view post


posted 16 Aug 2004, 17:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionOlympics... by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I fence, and have always wanted to see olympic fencing, but it is never aired. view post


posted 16 Aug 2004, 17:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionOlympics... by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Its really great. If you can get involved you definitely should. view post


posted 16 Aug 2004, 17:08 in ReviewsReveiw of The Last Kingdom - Bernard Cornwell by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

How did you get the ARC? I am trying desperately to figure out some way to get on a reviewer list or something so that I can read these books before they come out. view post


posted 16 Aug 2004, 17:08 in The Warrior ProphetSomehow I doubt this was the inspiration for TWP by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Very funny. You never know, maybe Scott was bored and tired surfing the internet one night... view post


posted 16 Aug 2004, 18:08 in Tour and Signing InformationChapters? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

So your better half is a soon to be Mrs. Congrats drosdelnoch. view post


posted 16 Aug 2004, 18:08 in Author Q & AThe appearance of the Sranc? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Well, the moment you do give me yell and we'll throw them up somewhere. view post


posted 16 Aug 2004, 19:08 in Author Q & AJust a totally stupid question, but I have to ask! by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Yes, I like the Dennis Moore. My mother used to change the lyrics to Dinty Moore, like the stew. view post


posted 20 Aug 2004, 00:08 in RPG DiscussionHorses! by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

It would seem to me that a mount would increase attack speed. More maneuverability over a greater range, after all. view post


posted 20 Aug 2004, 00:08 in RPG DiscussionCharacter Classes by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I am going to start summarizing these discussions and posting them for critique, that way we can have an idea of where we are working. view post


posted 20 Aug 2004, 00:08 in RPG DiscussionFormat? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I agree as well. Personally, the text based rpg appeals to me, but that may be personal. It seems like a more literary medium, better able to handle the subtleties and complexities of such a rich world. view post


posted 26 Aug 2004, 23:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionGay marriage: for or against its legalization in the US? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Sure, Buddy! view post


posted 26 Aug 2004, 23:08 in Writing TipsGreat News - and please post what work you are all doing. by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Sounds ambitious. view post


posted 27 Aug 2004, 14:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionOlympics... by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Alric, about seven years sporadically. If you squish all the time together probably about 3-4 years straight. Now I'm starting again this saturday at college. Very excited. view post


posted 28 Aug 2004, 15:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionOlympics... by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Just got back from fencing practice. It went pretty well, considering I haven't done it in about 9 months. I did sabre; some drills with returning team members, a couple practice bouts. view post


posted 28 Aug 2004, 15:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I concur with Wil. They are totally worth the anguish. I have actually almost been brought to tears when trying to describe their amazing properties to others. How many here have a family motto (obviously, I already know some of you do)? No families in the US do. view post


posted 28 Aug 2004, 15:08 in Book ClubOfficial Book Club discussion nominations by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I second GotM. I hope to participate, but may be too swamped by school. view post


Breaker of Horses posted 29 Aug 2004, 19:08 in Author Q & ABreaker of Horses by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I am reading the Iliad for seminar at school, and found it interesting to see Homer using this phrase frequently to describe the Trojans, I believe. I was wondering if this had anything to do with Scott's use of the phrase. I have always liked it, and interestingly it is used similarly both by Scott and Homer, the difference in Homer using it more narratively and Scott through dialogue, coupled with men. view post


posted 30 Aug 2004, 03:08 in Author Q & AGreat Book by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Please, people. If you don't play nice... Well quite frankly there's really no way we can ban the author without losing credibility, so I guess this is the point for a liability statement. :shock: view post


posted 03 Sep 2004, 17:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionSex by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I know we have more women than 0. They just haven't voted. view post


posted 12 Sep 2004, 17:09 in Off-Topic Discussionthe current Darfur crisis by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Election? How do you mean? view post


posted 12 Sep 2004, 17:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionOlympics... by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Is switching hands legal? I thought it violated rules. view post


posted 12 Sep 2004, 18:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionThis is awesome! by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I liked that a lot. Sadly, very few of the people I have played it for enjoy it very much. view post


posted 12 Sep 2004, 18:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat other sites are you active on? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Pretty much just this one. It's about all I can manage (and sometimes can't) to keep up with. view post


posted 12 Sep 2004, 18:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionMindless Amusement: Type your Username with your elbows by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

sovihn nna9i view post


posted 12 Sep 2004, 18:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionCan I get some advice? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Wil means college schools, I believe. Both he and I went to colleges which did not care that we had taken any AP tests. The classes yes. So in some cases I think it can be better to take the class opposed to the test. We both were in 3 AP classes, but only took one test. view post


posted 12 Sep 2004, 18:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionYour top 5 fantasy series... by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Martin and Erikson are two of the best. I'd start with Martin. view post


posted 12 Sep 2004, 18:09 in Literature DiscussionLast Guardian of Everness by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Sounds interesting. I'm not sure if it sounds good, but definitely interesting. view post


posted 12 Sep 2004, 18:09 in Literature DiscussionTerry Goodkind engages in rape fantasy? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I still maintain that his writing is severely deficient, which keeps me from even reaching the story. view post


posted 12 Sep 2004, 18:09 in Literature DiscussionWhen do you think Martin's next book will be released? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

[quote:9yli7kr2]i work at chapters. I laugh as i see the fake release dats on the computers and the 'pre-order' buttons. Then i laugh more as i see those same fake dates pushed back and back. in case your wondering, chapters knows that Feast will be out in september (was august)! pre-order yours NOW so you dont miss out! 39.99![/quote:9yli7kr2] You do realize that you just massively contradicted yourself in the above statement? view post


posted 12 Sep 2004, 19:09 in Literature DiscussionWhat would you say are the must-reads of literature? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Where are you going? That's crazy. view post


posted 12 Sep 2004, 19:09 in Tour and Signing InformationChapters? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Sorry, my confusion. view post


posted 16 Sep 2004, 20:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionThis is awesome! by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Where the hell did you get Shatner from that? This song actually got listed in my school paper as one of the ten most creative songs written. view post


posted 19 Sep 2004, 17:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionBad, bad book. BAAAD. by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I don't have any books I wish I hadn't read, because everything you read gives you something, even if you hate it. There are certainly books I wouldn't read again, but there is really nothing I can say I wish I hadn't read. Goodkind is really the only author I can think of that I have particular distaste for. Everything else was just not my thing. I do have regrets about not reading books, particularly Donaldson, as I have heard so many good opinions about him I wish I hadn't given away the books and could try them again. view post


posted 19 Sep 2004, 18:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionThis is awesome! by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Sorry, that was a rather embarrassing shoot-off of my mouth. I now can see exactly how you get that image. view post


posted 19 Sep 2004, 18:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

lust view post


posted 19 Sep 2004, 18:09 in Literature DiscussionWhat subgroup of speculative fiction do you prefer? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Gritty 'realistic' epic fantasy. Martin, Bakker, Erikson. Though I tend to agree with eowyn that I enjoy almost anything depending on how it's written. view post


posted 19 Sep 2004, 18:09 in Literature DiscussionWhen do you think Martin's next book will be released? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

What about Jamie? view post


posted 30 Sep 2004, 15:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionBad, bad book. BAAAD. by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Personally, not having read any WoT for a few years granted, I don't see that they are SO bad. Sure, the plot stalls a bit, but there is still activity, and if you look at the series as one large story, there should be an idle point before the final climax. I don't have such an issue with them and will definitely finish the series. view post


posted 06 Oct 2004, 21:10 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

fire view post


posted 11 Oct 2004, 00:10 in Author Q & AToronto readings? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Have any of you seen My Dinner With Andre? It is very... different. And now, please, lets try and stay on topic shall we? view post


Herodotus' The History posted 15 Oct 2004, 16:10 in Off-Topic DiscussionHerodotus' The History by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Anyone read Herodotus here? I am reading The History for seminar at school, and I absolutely LOVE it. It also strongly reminds me of TPoN, especially in the narration of military manouevering. I never thought I would like a history book so much, although maybe it's because it is an embellished history. view post


posted 19 Oct 2004, 16:10 in Off-Topic DiscussionHerodotus' The History by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

We only read about half of it. Which parts did you read? Ours was Book 1, parts of 2 and 3, 6,7,8,9. view post


posted 21 Oct 2004, 03:10 in Author Q & ABesides the one obvious review, ever had this happen, Scott? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

It would seem to me (not being in the industry) that an editor would fulfill a position the author could not and even should not hold. Because of the fact the author wrote it, they are invariably going to be blinded in some respect. The author also may not have the talent or knowledge of an editor, nor should they. That would be my reaction, though as stated I really have no experience to draw from. view post


posted 17 Jan 2005, 17:01 in Literature DiscussionIlium by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I just read Ilium over break. Loved it! It was really quite fun to read about the Trojan war from that perspective, and the character of Manmhut (sp?) was great. Simmons did a great job of bringing a 'moravec' to life. Highly reccomended, especially to those who have read the Iliad. view post


posted 14 Feb 2005, 16:02 in Member Written WorksWelcome and Guidelines by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Epitaphs, are you still having the problem? Sorry about the response delay. view post


Character Classes posted 16 Mar 2005, 17:03 in RPG DiscussionCharacter Classes by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

All right. After many months of myself not really doing my job properly, I feel it is time to get this thing going again. To begin: do we want character classes dependent upon race and why? view post


Style posted 16 Mar 2005, 17:03 in RPG DiscussionStyle by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Should this be an individual sort of RPG, DnD style, or should we make/allow characters to be in control of armies/forces. That would make the game on a more epic scale and foster a greater political element I should think. view post


posted 16 Mar 2005, 17:03 in RPG DiscussionCharacter Classes by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I voted yes because I think race/ethnicity is an important part of how a person lives. I would say someone of another race raised in a given race would be able to take a race based class, but I do not see enough evidence of that in Earwa to allow it in an RPG. I feel greater emphasis should be placed on being more ordinary than in many other RPGs. view post


posted 28 Apr 2005, 15:04 in Author Q & AFeelings for our protaganist by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I think so much of what we consider good and evil stems from how we were raised and feelings of what we somehow deserve. Kellhus, especially in Earwa, is operating under his own guiding principles and motives. I think the only adequate way to analyze him is to consider how we feel about what he is doing, not what he is actually doing. view post


posted 15 May 2005, 07:05 in Author Q & ATrade Paperbacks? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

That's too bad. I vastly prefer the Canadian. In fact, that cover is the reason I first picked it up. view post


posted 15 May 2005, 07:05 in Off-Topic DiscussionAges by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

What? Are you serious? view post


posted 15 May 2005, 07:05 in Off-Topic DiscussionHerodotus' The History by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I suppose that is in Herodotus, but I would hazard that Thucydides has more of that, which I have read since my last post and also greatly enjoyed. Taliesen: In greek? Are you taking greek? I just finished my first year of ancient greek. What did you think? view post


posted 16 May 2005, 02:05 in Off-Topic DiscussionTop 10 (or so) Ways You Kow You're an R. Scott Bakker Fan by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I know people who mark off shots on their arms as they drink. Though they have not read the series... view post


posted 16 May 2005, 16:05 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is your favorite sport? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Crew and fencing. I really want to try cricket, it appeals to me. view post


Scott Quoted posted 16 May 2005, 19:05 in Author Q & AScott Quoted by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Scott, have you seen this? You know you're big now! [url:1zz5dco3]http://en.thinkexist.com/quotes/r._scott_bakker/[/url:1zz5dco3] view post


posted 17 May 2005, 18:05 in Author Q & AA note on other races by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

It sounds more like we hear about them then get a PoV. Scott? view post


Releases posted 19 May 2005, 18:05 in Author Q & AReleases by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I have compiled an Excel file of all the releases of Scott's books I could find online. This may answer questions people have more easily than discussion. However, I am also pretty sure it is not comprehensive, so I am looking for input. Any reputable sources you can find please post and I will update the file. Shortly I hope to have it up in an online form. I am particularly looking for foreign language editions. view post


posted 20 May 2005, 17:05 in The Warrior ProphetAchamian vs. Kellhus: faith vs. certainty by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I concur (though some time after the post). view post


posted 20 May 2005, 17:05 in Author Q & AReleases by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I have updated the file. All updates will be made and reposted, so the file at the top is always the latest version. view post


posted 23 May 2005, 19:05 in Author Q & ASome issues about chronology... by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

You could probably sell all those disgusting bits in one volume. :D view post


posted 25 May 2005, 17:05 in The Thousandfold ThoughtSchools by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

The only comment I would have is that the Mandate has the council (including Nautzera), and though I don't remember details, it seemed a bit too large a governmental entity for ~25 sorcerors. Also, their building seems to large to house that few. view post


posted 25 May 2005, 17:05 in The Thousandfold ThoughtLike father like son? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Just to throw this out there, as I am not all that great at theorizing either, but is there a possiblity Maithanet could be a Nonman, or some derivative thereof? view post


posted 25 May 2005, 17:05 in The Thousandfold ThoughtThe agenda of the skin spies and the Consult by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I think WL's comment is excellent, about the Consult using the Psukhe. This offers many explanations. view post


Shirt posted 26 May 2005, 00:05 in General AnnouncementsShirt by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

We are considering making up a shirt. For input see the Help/Suggestions forum. view post


posted 26 May 2005, 19:05 in The Warrior ProphetAchamian vs. Kellhus: faith vs. certainty by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Why is this post here as well as a topic? view post


posted 27 May 2005, 13:05 in The Thousandfold ThoughtSerwe/Esmenet as Mary Magdalen? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I doubt that Scott was aiming for any parallel. I would agree that they do seem to fill that role if applied to the story, but I doubt its intentionality. view post


posted 27 May 2005, 13:05 in The Thousandfold ThoughtSerious TTT thoughts, predictions, ideas... by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Grallon- Aspect-Emperor is the name Scott has put forth for a second trilogy or dualogy. PoN should conclude in TTT, but may not, in fact will not, reach the Second Apocalypse. Scott has said he plans on working on something else in the interim. view post


Posting Permissions posted 27 May 2005, 15:05 in General AnnouncementsPosting Permissions by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

The forums have now been altered so that guests may no longer post. We have a large enough body of members for good discussion, and our belief is that if someone wants to comment, they should make themselves accountable. If anyone takes issue with this, feel free to comment in the Help/Suggestions Forum. view post


What we look like posted 27 May 2005, 15:05 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat we look like by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I thought it would be fun to start a thread to post pics of what we look like. I am curious about whay faces go with these names. So here's mine. view post


posted 27 May 2005, 15:05 in Off-Topic DiscussionAnd now for something totally idiotic - BK v McDonalds by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I would go with McDonald's, though I avoid fast food and haven't eaten there in something like a year, which I consider success! view post


Site Updates posted 14 Jun 2005, 20:06 in General AnnouncementsSite Updates by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Some updates have been made to the site. There may be errors as users begin to use them, please report all such instances in the Help/Soggestions Forum. The additions are: The ability to show a flag with the user profile. Check your profile page to add one. A welcome message on the Index. The ability to make a null vote on a poll, which will allow the user to see the results without clicking the view results link each time. This is an irreversible vote, treated as if a selection had been made. Thank You, and I hope you like them. view post


posted 14 Jun 2005, 20:06 in The Warrior ProphetRelease Dates by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I didn't understand that. If it is out in July how do you have it now? view post


First Shirt Released posted 14 Jun 2005, 21:06 in General AnnouncementsFirst Shirt Released by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

The first site shirt is now available! The front has 'Three Seas, Online Community' and the back has 'three-seas.com'. You can check it out at: [url:1ivuz944]http://www.cafepress.com/threeseas[/url:1ivuz944] I hope you enjoy, and I will open a thread in Off Topic for suggestions about other designs. view post


Shirt Discussion posted 14 Jun 2005, 21:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionShirt Discussion by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

The first one has been launched at [url:37vi50zb]http://www.cafepress.com/threeseas[/url:37vi50zb], but we are open, in fact would like, to design more. What would you guys like to see and wear? Currently we are working on a PoN/Forum shirt, with the circumfix or tusk on it (and yes we got permissions). view post


posted 19 Jun 2005, 01:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionShirt Discussion by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

You mean Three Seas Forum An [R. Scott Bakker] Online Community In brackets being the signature? view post


posted 22 Jun 2005, 23:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionShirt Discussion by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

That is funny! I probably would do if there was interest. I talked to Scott and we are workingon getting a signature for the shirt. Also, I had the idea of using Da Krul's cookie on the shirt with the bit about creamy logos. What do you guys think? view post


posted 30 Jun 2005, 02:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionShirt Discussion by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Reaction? I think it makes about as much sense as the "all i got was this shirt" suggestion (which i like also). actually, people who study greek would find it funny in a different way also. Logos means speech or thought or rational argument (roughly). So I am going to do it. view post


posted 30 Jun 2005, 02:06 in The Warrior ProphetBrood and whine by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Could you clarify? In TWP? Have you finished it? view post


posted 01 Jul 2005, 19:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionNeed help with holes!!! by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Don't do the toungue, too much dental damage even with dental friendly piercings. I'd probably go with Industrial. You don't want too many lobe piercings. view post


posted 05 Jul 2005, 22:07 in The Thousandfold ThoughtThe Destruction of the Dunyain by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

While I agree that the Dunyain are in trouble if found, I think everyone seems to underestimate them. We have no idea what they may be capable of in large groups, and they may have abilities such as group probability trances which yield more potent results. It would be almost impossible to eradicate them, to my mind, it would become an unwinnable guerrilla war. view post


posted 09 Jul 2005, 19:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionShirt Discussion by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

DK I may have to use a diff cookie. But the idea is the key. view post


posted 11 Jul 2005, 20:07 in Author Q & AThe Inchoroi and the Sranc by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I can say that Scott's site will have the appendices online, and we hope to dramatically expand the world section of Three Seas in the next couple of months. This will hopefully include appendices and an atlas. view post


TTT Cover posted 23 Aug 2005, 02:08 in The Thousandfold ThoughtTTT Cover by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Here is the cover for TTT. Sorry about the delay in getting it posted. view post


Site Failure posted 10 Oct 2005, 00:10 in General AnnouncementsSite Failure by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I am sorry about both the site going down and also for the slow response time. It appears that one of the style tables for the forum was modified without permission in such a way that a scripting failure occured. As a result, although the site now functions, we have lost our theme. I am working on recovering it, and meanwhile apologize for its hodgepodge appearance. Any comments or feedback you have can be left in the Help/Suggestions forum. view post


posted 10 Oct 2005, 17:10 in General AnnouncementsSite Failure by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

The site is now functioning normally, I apologize for the delay. Concerns, present or future, may be addressed to admin@three-seas.com. view post


posted 07 Nov 2005, 21:11 in General AnnouncementsSite Failure by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I have taken the first step in updating the forum, though it may continue changing over the next couple of weeks. Hopefully we have reached the end of the login problems. The style will be up and running as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience as we have dealt with the problem, we're both college students and very busy; we love this site and are not neglecting it. Enjoy. view post


Your Response To the PoN posted 04 Feb 2006, 19:02 in General AnnouncementsYour Response To the PoN by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I am looking for responses to be posted online from readers of the PoN. Responses should be polished, or at least contemplated, and no more than 100 words. They can be your reaction to the trilogy as a whole, or one of the books. No spoilers please. Thanks, I'll let you know whose I use, depending on the numbers it may be all of them. (permissions have been set such that you may reply to this thread with your response) view post


posted 17 Sep 2006, 20:09 in General AnnouncementsLinking by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Well, something worked. Google ranks us at an 'importance' level of 3. It was zero when we started and has been climbing. view post


Spam posted 02 Oct 2006, 19:10 in General AnnouncementsSpam by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I have turned off guest posting, and am working on deleting members who have demonstrated themselves to be spammers. However, when I delete the users, there may be residual posts left. Their author will be "Anonymous" Guest. These are not new posts, just leftover posts with no author. Let me know when you find them and I will delete them. Thanks for all of your patience. view post


posted 21 Jan 2007, 03:01 in Literature DiscussionA Song of Ice and Fire to Become TV Series by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I think this is a very exciting development. But perhaps more important than the series itself is the potential impact it could have on TV. If ASOIAF is successful, as I'm betting it will be, a whole new world of television will have been started. Think of all of the series out there which would make fantastic episodic shows. Some of them might make for better viewing than reading. This is a big deal. view post


Welcome posted 26 Mar 2007, 19:03 in The Great Ordeal [supposed]Welcome by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Welcome to our newest forum! Please drop all your speculations, thoughts, and information about the [i:3lua7xgt]The Great Ordeal[/i:3lua7xgt] here. Enjoy, and hopefully we can all be reading it soon. view post


New Forum! posted 18 Apr 2007, 18:04 in General AnnouncementsNew Forum! by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

We are pleased to open up a new forum for the discussion of Eärwa itself. view post


Re: Availability?? posted 09 Jun 2008, 17:06 in NeuropathAvailability?? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I believe it is either not yet out, or just out. Amazon.ca has it listed for 3 June, .com for 28 May, but I'm not sure those are right. view post


Welcome! posted 20 Mar 2009, 18:03 in The Judging EyeWelcome! by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Welcome to the newly created and more appropriately named forum for discussion of [i:25psouwa]The Judging Eye[/i:25psouwa], first book of [i:25psouwa]The Aspect-Emperor[/i:25psouwa]. Here you will find those posts made in the old Aspect-Emperor forum, which I have relocated. Enjoy. view post


Status Update posted 20 Mar 2009, 18:03 in The Great Ordeal [supposed]Status Update by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

This forum is now being retired, but will still be available, should anyone wish to use it. Posts made here post-release of The Judging Eye have been relocated to the new forum, appropriately named and located. Thanks, view post


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