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Crusader posted 25 Jul 2005, 17:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionCrusader by target, Auditor

Hey, whilst loving every moment of the Prince of Nothing, i jus couldn't help but notice the striking similarity to the events of the First Crusade, even in some of the names. I was just wondering if anyone else had made this observation. I have to congratulate the author on taking such an enigmatic period of history and using it to weave an awesome story in another world. I thiink it's a really good thing to do this because history is often looked down upon as pointless nowadays, yet history is basically one big story and the Crusades are possibly the most evocative and gripping episodes in history. Anyway, as i said, i was just wondering if anyone else had noticed this and if anyone had anything to say on this sbject or anything similar? view post


TC posted 25 Jul 2005, 18:07 in Literature DiscussionThe Chronicles of Thomas Covenant (first series) by target, Auditor

I enjoyed The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. I don't think you necessarily need a complex geography to create an interesting 'other' world. As to the character of Thomas Covenant, yes i hated him at first. He came across as a self-obsessed pain in the ass, yet this is why i was drawn to him at the same time. The whole point of Covenant is that he is the Unbeliever, he has to reject the place and the situation he finds himself in to hold onto his sense of self; yet at the same time he must accept the world in which he is in or he will fail in his quest to succeed. It is the necessary paradox of Thomas Covenant and White Gold. Covenant is a leper, a disease which has driven away his family and friends, leading him to become a pariah, outcast, unclean. He rejects his disease so as to not give up on life, yet he must accept it and constantly keep a close check on himself or he may succumb to his disease and die. I think the most impressive thing about Donaldson's work, however, is that he has created such a human character as Thomas Covenant. Unlike many stock heroes in sci-fi and fantasy, Covenant posses no supra-natural powers, he is in a world where everybody depends upon him and he cannot help them, he does not know how to use White Gold and this frustrates him as does his leprosy. He is impotent in our world and in the land, helpless. Look to any of the great names of sci-fi and fantasy and you will struggle to find a more 'real' character, a character who has his faults, does not know what he has to do and is plagued by failure and disappointment throughout the tale. That is the joy of the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Unbeliever and White Gold Weilder. It is a more gritty, real fantasy novel that does not provide the same escapism as other fantasy literature may do as we can identify with the hero and share similar dilemas ourselves in our own lives. view post


Eddings posted 25 Jul 2005, 18:07 in Literature DiscussionEddings by target, Auditor

Hey, i was just wondering if people had any thoughts on any of the Eddings books? My personal favourite is the Redemption of Althalus with the Belgariad and the Mallorean up there with it as a saga format. Whilst i was entertained by the Elenium and the Tamuli, i never felt any great connection to the characters or the story, yet i still enjoyed them very much. Their latest forrays into the fantasy genre however, have left me a little disappointed as i don't feel they are up to their usual standard. The Elder Gods is a fairly simple read, with nothing too challenging in it. Whilst still being entertaining reads, i dont feel they are anywhere near as engrossing as their earlier works. Again, the Treasured One left me with no great desire to pick up the next book imediately. For instance, i have just finished reading the Runes of the Earth, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and am currently immersed in the engrosing Warrior Prophet, all of which have left me wanting to read further, to complete the story, to find myself once again in those worlds. Yet, with the Dreamers, i haven't really had the same desire. With the great prolifeation of fantasy that has just erupted onto Britain's selves, i found myself eagerly awaiting, with my little cash, the new installments of Harry Potter and the Prince of Nothing, without feeling too much loss when not purchasing Eddings latest, something that i have not felt in a long time. Anyway, now that i have rambled my views across to everyone, i wondered if anyone felt the same or had different views and insights to express? view post


posted 25 Jul 2005, 18:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionStarring "Insert Actor Here" as Kelhuss! by target, Auditor

Ok, i'm gonna think on this and come back to it. However, i'm currently toying with the idea that Micky Rourke would make quite a good Cnair. Anywho, my only concern, as with many great novels, is: would PoN be a good candidate for a sceenplay. I mean, i would love to see this and many other novels be brought onto the silver screen, but Kellhus would make a very difficult part to write for the screen. Unless, of course, you were to adapt a naration style where the characters could describe their emotians as they soke to him and he plied them. Or alternative, he can narrate on his own thoughts as he 'reads' them. It is one of the rules of film though 'don't have a narrator'. I'm not sure i agree though: look at how good Sin City was....... view post


posted 25 Jul 2005, 22:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionCrusader by target, Auditor

Well said, but which country are you referring to? Many people i know consider history as pointless when you look at things like the Crusades and Medieval History etc. They think it more pertinent to consider more recent history and modern developments. I can see their reasoning, yet i dont think its the best idea. Looking at histry propperly allows you to grasp just how and why we have developed to the places we find oursleves in today. view post


posted 25 Jul 2005, 22:07 in Literature DiscussionThe Chronicles of Thomas Covenant (first series) by target, Auditor

i can agree with that, but i still liked him. A lot more than Linden Avery at any rate. I'm not too sure about whats happening to the Bloodgaurd though, however i think it is a very interesting development, and i still quite like them. I think fantasy should be a much darker place than it is. It makes it a lot more interesting and 'real'. view post


posted 26 Jul 2005, 17:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionStarring "Insert Actor Here" as Kelhuss! by target, Auditor

I have seen hero and it is awesome. Got it on dvd. My housemate watched it 3 times in one day...i dont quite know why, something to do with his girlfriend..... As for Sin City, yes i loved it. I would find it hard for someone not to love it. The cinematography is amazing and the cast was just brilliant. What a film. view post


posted 26 Jul 2005, 17:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionCrusader by target, Auditor

Nice word. Verisimilitude is one of those great big words that make you feel good just saying them :D I kinda guessed where you were talking about, i just didnt want to be presumptious. Its good to know there are others in the world who like history. I mean, i feel silly saying that because i know so many historians its almost unreal, but its still good to know. I dont have history channel here, i only have the freeview channels, gutted. I'll just have to make do with my books and imagination. view post


posted 26 Jul 2005, 17:07 in Literature DiscussionThe Chronicles of Thomas Covenant (first series) by target, Auditor

I wont win that contest, ive read enough books, but not that many in the fantasy genre, at least not many of the tye we ae talking about. As ive said, a ot of the fantasy i know is 'high' fantasy. But anyway. I think TC was first published in '75. It's been a bit of a wait. view post


posted 26 Jul 2005, 18:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionCrusader by target, Auditor

Exactly. I've almost finished my degree in Ancient and Medieval History. My focus is more on the Medieval period, but rather than just Engalnd i cover the Biritsh Isles, France and the Crusader States mainly. Or at least, those are the subjects i have done most work on. view post


posted 26 Jul 2005, 18:07 in Literature DiscussionEddings by target, Auditor

Yeah, i would agree with that. I dont know what it was about the Redemption, but i just enjoyed it. I wouldn't say i prefered it over The Belgariad or the Mallorean, but then, they are a different style of writing. Their very nature as a saga means that, as a complete story, they cannot be compared to individual novels as the characters and the story itself has had time to develop over more than one book allowing the reader to develop a stronger emotional attachment. I couldn't really say anything about the individual books within any of the sagas as it has been a long time since i read them. view post


posted 26 Jul 2005, 18:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionCrusader by target, Auditor

Yeah, thats what id like to do too, but it means im really going to have to start working soon. Ive got a dissertation to start, but im struggling to start it. We shall have to see. What do you mean by going to a 'real' university? Where you at now? view post


posted 26 Jul 2005, 18:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionCrusader by target, Auditor

It's 19.43 here at the mo. I know what you mean about expenses. I really want to do a postgraduate course, but the way things are looking, i wont be able to afford it. Still, before i worry about that, i have to get my First Class degree......hmmmmm view post


posted 26 Jul 2005, 18:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionCrusader by target, Auditor

I imagine, quite. I really struggle with Latin, although i havent really had much opportunity to learn it, and when i did, i didnt really try. I don't really cover Scotland outside it's relations with England during the Medieval period. The stuff you would be looking it is well outside my area, my brain kinda switches off then, i love the earlier stuff. The foundations of Europe and all that. Well not quite the foundations, but you know what i mean. view post


posted 26 Jul 2005, 19:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionCrusader by target, Auditor

I mean the why of how Europe has developed to become what it is today. Medieval Europe provides a great insight into the politics of today and the national character and identities of many of it's leading nations. It also provides a very subtle insight into the workings of America. Or at least, so my friends and i believe. view post


posted 26 Jul 2005, 19:07 in Literature DiscussionThe Chronicles of Thomas Covenant (first series) by target, Auditor

'High' fantasy is referring to the grandiose nature of the fantasy genre. Whereas we consider TC and TDTCB to be a much darer, grittier, more realistic kind of fantasy, 'high' fantasy refers to works such as Eddings, which has very powerful characters in a clearly foreign world in which anything is possible. The whole 'high' fantasy genre seem to me to have a much nicer world, if you could call it that. I don't know how to fully explain it, its just how it appears to me. I think the best example of the differences is if you consider Warhammer, the Games Workshop games. The Early editions of Warhammer and its futristic counterpart, Warhammer 40 000 (40K), were more colourful, bright worlds or universes in which chivalry and magic, if you will, were very prominent characteristics. More so in Warhammer than 40K. This has recently changed with the latest editions of the games bringing more darker elements to the races, the backgrounds and the artwork, to rovide, what i feel, a much more engrossing universe. A good example of this is the Wood Elves. If you have the opportunity, check out the old style Wood Elves, and then compare them with the new. I think Tolkein has aspects of both 'high' fantasy and 'dark' fantasy, if we should call it that. view post


posted 26 Jul 2005, 19:07 in Literature DiscussionThe Chronicles of Thomas Covenant (first series) by target, Auditor

I know what you mean. I do like some of the artwork though, especially on the Shining Ones, but thats beside the point. I would recommend Eddings, i thoroughly enjoyed their books, but it doesnt suit everyone. I think they are very good at writing characters, and the scope available to them in writing the Belgariad and the Mallorean enabled them to ceate a very well reaised world, with some trully excellent characters. In the end, you can only try them. "Now is the only time there is" - a rue philosophers comment i believe, made by the Nightwatchman in 'Lacorona and the tin frog'. What a book. view post


posted 26 Jul 2005, 19:07 in Philosophy DiscussionEasy = wrong? by target, Auditor

However, wouldn't it be better to follow another axiom and give the job to a busy person, because that way, it wil just be slotted into their busy schedule, rather than being put off, ignored or forgotten by your lazy person? view post


posted 26 Jul 2005, 19:07 in Literature DiscussionThe Chronicles of Thomas Covenant (first series) by target, Auditor

That's cool. I'm struggling through Warrior Prophet at the mo. I only say 'struggling' because i have no opportunity to read it, except at night, but im shattered by then. I have a huge backlog of books that need reading, so i should be occupied for a while. So what are these RPGs you are waiting for? My personnal favourite is the computer game, Final Fantasy VII, you can't beat it. I just can't wait for Advent Children to be released,it looks amazing. Just gutted ill have to wait till Christmas to get it, if then. Darn you Americans and you quicker releases!! view post


posted 26 Jul 2005, 19:07 in Philosophy DiscussionThe problem of evil by target, Auditor

The thing with good and evil is that it creates balance, and i believe that balance is a necessary for existence. At least to some extent. The most troubling aspect of the good verses evil debate to me concerns the nature of God, that is a capital God of a monotheistic belief system. If, as is taught in the Christian religion, God is the one true good, and is indeed the Almighty, then how can evil exist. This is the conundrum of the Catholic faith. How can God be omniscient, omnipotent, omnibenevolent and omnipresent if evil exists in the world. Problems such as this, and the very nature of the Christian Church, lead me away from the belief in on true God. I would, to some extent, agree with Pavlov's statement that God is a social reflex. If you consider the difference between a monotheistic religion like the Catholic faith, and a polytheistic one, such as that of the Romans; the one main diference between these two religions today is belief. Therefore i believe that to a certain degree belief defines faith. God would, in theory, cease to exist if people stopped believing. Personally, however, i would much prefer to keep an open mind, consider all arguments and evidence, and, if necessary, recant on my deathbed. :D view post


posted 26 Jul 2005, 20:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionCrusader by target, Auditor

My dissertation was hopefully going to be on the Reign of King Stephen. However, the vast wealth of material and the general 'done to death' nature of this period greatly restricted what i could do. I couldn't see any new insights or arguements to present a valid case for writing my dissertation on this, and, due to it being an 'original work', re-assesing, re-defining and re-enforcing other historians' views and theories didn't really fit the bill. Therefore, it was decided between myself and my tutor that we would consider 'Succession politics of the Twelfth Century'. A grandiose title basically meaning, who succeeded, where and why. I'm not totally comfortable with this yet though, because im finding it difficult to sift out the necessary info from the primary sources. It should all hopefully work out though, and im sure it will become easier and clearer once i begin to work on it propperly. I think i will be looking at succession in England, France and Outremer. view post


posted 26 Jul 2005, 20:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionCrusader by target, Auditor

To get back to the point on America, we tought it an insight more into the Imperial nature of the US. I dont mean any offense if you can read any into it, but the 'states' are basically countries in their own right, just united by one common language, monetary unit and economy. Unfortunately, as for being a democracy, what you appear to have is more of an Empire, with someone using their Sith powers to control and run things, because i doubt G.B. can do it. view post


posted 26 Jul 2005, 20:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionCrusader by target, Auditor

Yeah, that is quite funny. Britain isnt realy imperialistic anymore though, however im sure Tony Blair would love that. We dont have a true democracy at any rate. But then again, the Greeks invented democracy and even they didnt manage a true one. I think a Biritish comedian, Bill Bailey summs up our 'special relationship' best: America is like the school bully, collering other nations and demanding 'Give us you rlunch money'; and Britain is just the nerdy kid who leans round round behind them and says 'Yeah'. Much funnier live obviously. view post


posted 26 Jul 2005, 21:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by target, Auditor

Currently [i:qk11krqy]The Warrior Prophet[/i:qk11krqy] Then: [i:qk11krqy]The Cathars[/i:qk11krqy] by Sean Martin Then: [i:qk11krqy]Battle Royale[/i:qk11krqy] by Koushun Takami view post


posted 26 Jul 2005, 21:07 in Literature DiscussionThe Chronicles of Thomas Covenant (first series) by target, Auditor

Final Fantasy is an rpg by Square. The next game release is going to be number 12, but all in all it is much more than that in the series. I say serires, really they are all separate games. I think VII is the best, you should try it. Advent Children is a film being released in Aug/Sept. by SquareEnix. It is a sequel to FFVII set two years after the end of the game. It has all the characters in it and it looks really good. The graphics are awesome, and Sephiroth is a bad guy up there with some of the greats i think. view post


posted 26 Jul 2005, 21:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionCrusader by target, Auditor

Simon Schama is a legend, but i dont think he did. Now to be geeky, here are the best sources in my eyes: Terry Jones for a very basic, easy, fun look at the crusades. H.E. Mayer has possibly the best book, but a lot more complex and in depth. Called '[i:37bga49k]The Crusades[/i:37bga49k]' it covers all the crusades. Martin Scott is older, but another easy look with '[i:37bga49k]Medieval Europe[/i:37bga49k]' There is '[i:37bga49k]The Crusades[/i:37bga49k]' by M. Paine J. Riley-Smith is quite a prolific author Also look out for: Steve Runciman Jonathon Harris Carole Hillenbrand (excelent for Muslim perspective) Jonathon Philips Ruth Macrides (mainly cause shes one of my lecturers) Joshua Prawer There are many more, in fact there is a brand new assessment of the First Crusade out that i really want to read, but cant quite remember who wrote it yet. I think the first 4 crusades are the most interesting, and the Children's Crusade is a wonderfully sad story to look into. They ae all very interesting to learn about though. view post


posted 26 Jul 2005, 21:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionAges by target, Auditor

Im 20, and thu sfall into the prominent age group it seems. Bonus. view post


posted 26 Jul 2005, 23:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by target, Auditor

I listen to a lot of music, so its generally changing. Today, i have been mostly listening to: Doves. Last Broadcast and Some Cities. Awesome. view post


posted 26 Jul 2005, 23:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by target, Auditor

Damned. This is like the timeless classic, Mallet's Mallet. Excellent. view post


posted 26 Jul 2005, 23:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionPrince of Nothing Parody by target, Auditor

I think the Prints of Nothing is the best title there, however it sounds more like a crime thriller. Would be interesting to see how that turns out. view post


posted 26 Jul 2005, 23:07 in Literature DiscussionWhat subgroup of speculative fiction do you prefer? by target, Auditor

I like fantasy and Sci-Fi. I dabble in other genres such as travel writing (eg. Bill Bryson & Pete McCarthy), historical novels (eg. Bernard Cornwell) and i don't mind the occasional forray into pop culture with Nick Hornby. Recently i thoroughly enjoyed Alice Seebold's '[i:3er1t9ta]The Lovely Bones[/i:3er1t9ta]' and i would recommend Robert Rankin for light entertainment, y personnal favourite being '[i:3er1t9ta]The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse[/i:3er1t9ta]'. Another author i discovered last year was Max Barry. I really enjoyed '[i:3er1t9ta]Jennifer Government[/i:3er1t9ta]' and am looking forward to his next novel, '[i:3er1t9ta]Comapny[/i:3er1t9ta]'. view post


posted 27 Jul 2005, 15:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by target, Auditor

face view post


posted 27 Jul 2005, 15:07 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat introduced you to philosophy? by target, Auditor

Um, studying Classics and doing Religious Studies did it for me. We looked at philosophy and ethics and it really caught my interest, unfortunately i didnt carry it on. I am also very taken with theology, and would love to learn more about that. view post


posted 27 Jul 2005, 15:07 in Author Q & AeXXXtremely Important questions which require answers. by target, Auditor

It could be something to do with the fact that men come up with a million euphamisms for the word penis, which im not going into now, but it could be an intersting thread...a bit like the mallts mallet thread. Anyway, i wouldn't really call phallus a euphamism, isn't it a more technical term? Or classical maybe? Im not sure. Wouldn't really know about peach. But if ou can have a million for penis, then why not for vagina? view post


posted 27 Jul 2005, 23:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by target, Auditor

prancer view post


posted 27 Jul 2005, 23:07 in Author Q & AeXXXtremely Important questions which require answers. by target, Auditor

Thankyou, that was really annoying me. I should know better, seen as i have studied Latin. Not that i'm any good. At least i was sort of right with it being Classical :D view post


posted 27 Jul 2005, 23:07 in Philosophy DiscussionBattleground God by target, Auditor

The medal of honour? For what? Resurecting dead threads? Hardly seems worthy to me ;) I wont argue with the self admitted insanity though. view post


posted 27 Jul 2005, 23:07 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat philosopher suits you most? by target, Auditor

Im gonna have to do some researhc here. I dont mind Abelard, mainly because he has come up in my studies, argued with Bernard of Claivaux (which i love him for :D) and ended up being castrated, not very pleasant. Hume is interesting too. Im going to think on this. view post


posted 28 Jul 2005, 01:07 in Literature DiscussionGates of Fire by target, Auditor

I haven't read it yet, but i can imagine its good. The Battle of Thermopylae is a very impressive battle and would definately make for an excelent story. I'll be sure to look at it. I haven't read that Arthur stuff either, but i'm a little more pessimistic about that. I prefer the myth of Arthur, i'm not sucha fan of any 'truths' people try to read into it. On the topic of historical fiction however, i enjoyed Cornwell's [i:3d5mgog4]Grail Quest[/i:3d5mgog4]' Trilogy. I thought it a very good read. view post


posted 28 Jul 2005, 01:07 in Author Q & AeXXXtremely Important questions which require answers. by target, Auditor

interesting view post


posted 28 Jul 2005, 01:07 in Author Q & AThis time I got a question... by target, Auditor

I got a seasonal newsletter through which reviewed TDTCB. The newsletter's cover featured the cover artwork for TDTCB & I loved it, so i found the review & read on. The premise sounded very interesting and the review was positive, i was hooked before i picked up the book. I waited all year for the release and couldn't put it down once i had my hands on it. I've been trying to get as many people as possible to listen to me and read them, but im not having much luck at the moment. Most of my friends aren't int ofantasy or think it will be too over their heads. Maybe you could try Max Barry's idea (recently almost acted out by Nike) of promoting your work by not releasing it, creating a lot of hype and then releasing a few copies. Then, in the general rush to buy the item, orchestrate some well planned murders to appear as though people are so excited, they will kill for your product. That shuold definately get people interested. It would be very time consuming, fraught with danger and down right ludicrous though. So in retrospect, that probably doesn't help....Sorry. view post


posted 28 Jul 2005, 01:07 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat philosopher suits you most? by target, Auditor

Not too fond, mainly because i struggled to figure out the nature and meaning of Machiavellian characters in Shakespeare, and still haven't got it down. I haven't read '[i:1pg5uidb]The Prince[/i:1pg5uidb]' though, so i'm not going to write him off. view post


posted 28 Jul 2005, 12:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by target, Auditor

Beckham view post


posted 28 Jul 2005, 13:07 in Author Q & AeXXXtremely Important questions which require answers. by target, Auditor

I don't think anyone could suggest they shared similarities in taste, however, Echoex makes an excellent point: [quote:34l16wlm]Vagina vs. Peach (I never thought I'd be writing THAT sentence again). Consider a soft, delicate fold of flesh that covers and nurtures a seed. Cut a wedge from a peach and take a look. It's not 'jeezus christ, look how much this resembles a cooch!' similar, but there's definitely something vaginal about it. [/quote:34l16wlm] Excellent mainly in that it had me laughing for about 5 minutes. Any 'warped' simmilarities that there may or may not be, this still provides for such an entertaining discussion that i think we should delve further. What other euphamisms can we think of ofr both penis and vagina? I'm gonna start the ball rolling with 'pork sword' (penis) view post


Star Wars posted 28 Jul 2005, 13:07 in Literature DiscussionStar Wars by target, Auditor

OK, since we have here a huge coallition of sci-fi and fantasy fans, i thought i would bring up what i consider to be one of the greatest sci-fi phenomenons to date. Namely Star Wars. Now i don't know about anyone else, but, aside from 'he who must not be named, the stupid floppy eared, gangly pain-in-the-ass' i quite enjoyed episodes I - III. Plus, i believe Gendy Tarovsky's 'Clone Wars' to have been excellent. But now onto where Lucas goes next with his baby. There is talk of some intervening shows following the career of Bobba Fett. This sounds interesting and i would have no qualms with that, not yet anyway. There has always been mystery around the topic of filming episodes VII - IX and this is what i'm more interested in. In general, i think it would be a bad idea, with one exception. If anyone has read the Timothy Zahn Trilogy: '[i:1jvk8wzl]Heir To The Empire[/i:1jvk8wzl]' '[i:1jvk8wzl]Dark Force Rising[/i:1jvk8wzl]' '[i:1jvk8wzl]The Last Command[/i:1jvk8wzl]' I would be interested in learning of your opinions. I think these books were very well written, and, apart from the obvious problems of bringing these onto the big screen, i believe they fulfill the roles of episodes VII - IX perfectly. They continue the stories of our favourite characters and introduce a villain to rival Vader and the Emperor in Grand Admiral Thrawn. Being a slight Star Wars imperialist, i have always felt an affinity with Vader and the Emperor (not least because they are Sith - awesome) and when i read about Thrawn i immediately fell in love with his character. He is almost as cunning as the Emperor and as learned as Kellhus himelf. Any comments? view post


posted 28 Jul 2005, 15:07 in Author Q & AeXXXtremely Important questions which require answers. by target, Auditor

I bet you did, but so did i. I even said it in my first response i think. Still, it's funny. OK, um, pocket rocket view post


posted 28 Jul 2005, 16:07 in Philosophy DiscussionEasy = wrong? by target, Auditor

Hmmmm, well one of my friends is quite smart but very lazy. I never ask him to do anything, i learnt my lesson earlier this year. S'pose it could work both ways. view post


posted 28 Jul 2005, 16:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionCrusader by target, Auditor

Almost forgot, Terry Deary. His Horrible histories books can be invaluable. One of my friends who is far too clever for is own good revised for his A-Levels from Horrible Histories '[i:ur7u7v9j]The Stormin' Normans[/i:ur7u7v9j]' and still got an A. Git. view post


posted 28 Jul 2005, 16:07 in Author Q & AeXXXtremely Important questions which require answers. by target, Auditor

Yeah, thats not the nicest of terms. view post


posted 28 Jul 2005, 16:07 in Author Q & AeXXXtremely Important questions which require answers. by target, Auditor

And does the ter 'cooch' actually mean anything? I mean, where is it derived from? And if anyone says its a euphamism for vagina so help me God i will destroy them :D view post


posted 28 Jul 2005, 16:07 in Author Q & AeXXXtremely Important questions which require answers. by target, Auditor

Cheers Echoex, that saves me a LOT of hassle. That makes sense, and a little bit of background into the world of sexual semantics there. Brilliant. And yes, it is definately better than the other C-word - the one only to be used in extreme cases. view post


posted 28 Jul 2005, 20:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by target, Auditor

Kiera (Knightly) view post


posted 28 Jul 2005, 22:07 in Author Q & AeXXXtremely Important questions which require answers. by target, Auditor

Brilliant. I can see what your talking about. This thread is a source of endless humour. view post


posted 29 Jul 2005, 22:07 in Literature DiscussionStar Wars by target, Auditor

Yeah, its C'boath, but nevermind, he is a bit of a pain. I hadn't heard that about the films, would make sense though. Will have to look into it more. Zahn's other books since have been good too. view post


posted 29 Jul 2005, 22:07 in Author Q & AeXXXtremely Important questions which require answers. by target, Auditor

Brilliant, we've even had the author browsing through our delerium. That's probably not the correct term. Who cares? But now, lets move the craziness to Echoex's thread, well done sir! view post


posted 29 Jul 2005, 22:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by target, Auditor

Isn't that two words? Nevermind, its quick and witty. First word, and please take no offense, would probably be: git. :D view post


posted 29 Jul 2005, 23:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionOur own unique, original euphemisms for naughty bits... by target, Auditor

Ok. Trouser Snake and Cooch (to reitterate Echoex) 'Trouser snakes are independent by nature, they hunt alone. It feasts mainly on Cooch. After it has had its fill, it will not need to feed gain for at least 15 minutes.' view post


posted 29 Jul 2005, 23:07 in Philosophy DiscussionEasy = wrong? by target, Auditor

I'm going to appear a philestine here, but i havent come across Tehol Beddict in my readings. Any help on who we are talking about? view post


posted 29 Jul 2005, 23:07 in Philosophy DiscussionEasy = wrong? by target, Auditor

Thankyou, if u haen't guessed, i haven't read Erikson. Recomended? view post


posted 30 Jul 2005, 15:07 in The Darkness That Comes Beforekellhus == good guy?? by target, Auditor

Interesting thoughts there about the nature of the historian, i will have to keep that in mind, especially as it is kind of the basis of my dissertation. As far as the characters go, i feel a greater affinity to Cnaiur than to Kellhus. I would heartily agree that he does seem souless, but what scares and concerns me more than that is his seeming complete lack of agenda. OK, so he has been summoned by Moenghus, but throughout the story i have no real idea of his motives or objectives, especially concerning his manipulation of the Holy War and the major characters. I think one of the reasons i quite like Cnaiur is his ability to resist Kellhus's verbal and mental games (much like trying to make sense of a civil servant - especially Sir Humphrey Appleby, gotta ove 'Yes, Prime Minister'). I won't deny that i like Kellhus, i don't really see how you can. Rather i'd say i don't trust Kellhus and to that extent i would not yet consider him good or bad. Yet. view post


posted 30 Jul 2005, 15:07 in Author Q & AeXXXtremely Important questions which require answers. by target, Auditor

Multi-cultural peaches? I have to say i have never encountered a multi-cultural pech. Are the diferences similar to those between a European and an African swallow? view post


posted 30 Jul 2005, 15:07 in Author Q & AeXXXtremely Important questions which require answers. by target, Auditor

Yeah, i was being pedantic and talking about actual peaches :D sorry. As for your Scandinavian friend, brown hair and green eyes swearing its Finnish blood? interesting i was under the stereotypical impression that they were all tall, blonde and blue eyed. Why would the tv lie to me? :D view post


posted 30 Jul 2005, 18:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by target, Auditor

The Mooney Suzuki - Alive and Amplified (the album, not just the song) view post


posted 31 Jul 2005, 23:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionOur own unique, original euphemisms for naughty bits... by target, Auditor

Her lions? i think you meant loins :D typos can be brilliant. Lets go for: the Right Honourable Member for Underpants 'The Right Honourable Member for Underpants was not impressed with the lack of decisive action taken by the Department of Reproduction' view post


posted 02 Aug 2005, 11:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionOur own unique, original euphemisms for naughty bits... by target, Auditor

Bald-headed hermit 'Seeking alternative medicene to treat her hatchet wound, Shelley sought out the bald-headed hermit to learn of his healing methods' view post


posted 02 Aug 2005, 11:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by target, Auditor

cardboard view post


posted 02 Aug 2005, 11:08 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeOh,Mother! Said Oedipus at Cholonae by target, Auditor

Maybe not, but i do think he believes himself a god, or would be one given the opportunity. He certainly holds himself above [b:3f8eaq2r]all[/b:3f8eaq2r] other men. He may not be a complete idiot, but i dont think he is one of the Three Seas great minds when it comes to subtlety and politics. view post


posted 02 Aug 2005, 11:08 in The Warrior ProphetThe Few and Kellhus by target, Auditor

Jesus could easily have been a con-man, or at least very persuasive and manipulative. It's not everyday that large amounts of people have a sudden change of conscience, throw down and disrupt the social order, challenging the dominance and authority of the ruling class, namely, the Romans (or for a modern comparatove, it would be the US and Christianity i suppose). Makes you think at any rate. view post


posted 02 Aug 2005, 15:08 in Author Q & AThis time I got a question... by target, Auditor

Woo-hoo, thanxs from the author himself. That's vindication for you :D I'm getting my housemate to read the books, so soon i will be able to discuss the books with someone discovering them for new, and get their perspectives on them. She always has interesting perspectives, she can be a little odd at times. I think what we all need now is for Scott to make a marketing trip to England, specifically to the University of Birmingham's branch or Waterstone's so i can meet him and have my books signed :D Of course, the major branches in the city centre would probably be a better idea for marketing purposes but it means i have to travel further.....still, please make the trip, i would think it would be worth it. At least let me know if you can make it to good ol' Blightey. Cheers, and keep up the good work! view post


posted 02 Aug 2005, 15:08 in Author Q & ATTT cover by target, Auditor

I certainly would like to se the new covers. I love the UK covers, they are so good, very enigmatic. I particularly love the little detail of having 14th Century imagery present. view post


posted 04 Aug 2005, 13:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by target, Auditor

fork view post


posted 04 Aug 2005, 14:08 in Author Q & ACities by target, Auditor

Well i'm imaginning that Carythusal, being the largest city in the known world, will bear some sort of resmblance to Constantinople (or modern Istanbul), the largest city of the medieval world. Similarly i imagine 'Holy Shimeh' to have some connotations of Jerusalem, but this is all conjecture. view post


posted 04 Aug 2005, 14:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat we look like by target, Auditor

Ok, how the hell do attahc pictures? Being a historian, naturally all technology hates me and i just can't figure it out. Any help?[/img] view post


posted 04 Aug 2005, 14:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by target, Auditor

The cricket...the ashes in fact. Go England! Let's beat the Ozzies for a change. In fact, i think it's on Channel 4, i might go and watch..... view post


posted 04 Aug 2005, 17:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat we look like by target, Auditor

Yes, but you are in the US, technology favours Americans :D I have held strong to that excuse for years as to why electrical equipment breaks when i touch it, and im not gonna stop now. I tried doing that, but it didn't seem to work. At any rate, my picture didnt attch itself. It's no biggie anyway, i don't photograph well. view post


posted 04 Aug 2005, 20:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat we look like by target, Auditor

Ah, thankyou, i will check. view post


posted 04 Aug 2005, 20:08 in Author Q & ACities by target, Auditor

That's a very good point. I was thinking in more of the population terms, rather than the actual imagery. It's been a while since i have visited Carythusal though, so i wil have to revisit it and see what you mean. Cheers. view post


posted 04 Aug 2005, 20:08 in Author Q & AAnasurimbors as high councillors by target, Auditor

Inetersting thought. I would imgine they would makeexcellent advisors given their incredible aility to read people and master them with nought but words and looks. I would not think they could be lacking in wisdom, although i may be proven wrong, especially due to their apparant reat intellects and their inate abilities to hit the crux of the matter almost immediately. I would consider this a very strong reason for them to make great councillors. I think they would definately haveto have very strong ties of kinship or loyalty to their ruler however because to weild so much sway over their ruler would probably lead to them ruling with their 'king' acting only as a puppet for their command. So i would say yes and no. Although Scott, undoubtedly, will have a much better idea than i do. view post


posted 04 Aug 2005, 20:08 in Author Q & ACnaiur's prowess by target, Auditor

Doesn't Kellhus defeat Cnaiur in TDTCB, just before they concoct the ruse that Kellhus is a Prince from Atrithau? Or would you consider Kellhus, as a Dunyain, to be more than a man? view post


posted 04 Aug 2005, 21:08 in Literature DiscussionDont be ashamed (Harry Potter) by target, Auditor

I love 'em. It's just an easy read into a fun, escapist world that i enjoy hearing about. Some of it annoys me though. Particularly Rowling's attempts at writing about the experiences of a teeage boy. I don't know about anyone else, but i didnt experience anything like the rollercoaster of hysterics and general pain-in-the-assness that Harry goes through. As far as i'm aware, neither did anyone else i know. It's probably just the attempts of the opposite sex trying to imagine what it is like to go through puberty. And of course, its different for everyone. I have to admit laughing, a [b:11vfyfvu]lot[/b:11vfyfvu] when Rowling stated that when she started writing the series, she didn't know it was a fantasy work. Pratchett shot her down pretty quickly though, brilliant. Apparantly she said she was trying to subvert the genre.....i want to know which one? Because if it was the fantasy genre, how could she have not known her work was fantasy. I suspect she meant the children's writing however, but i wouldn't call that a genre, and as Pratchett said: what did she think she was writing, populating her world with witches, wizards and the like? My favourite book yet was Prisoner of Azkaban, i really enjoyed that, however i fealt let down by the film, especially the Dementors. When they first appear they are really eerie, but i didn't like the way they were depicted as sucking the happiness out of everything. Otherwise, my next favourite was the Half-Blood Prince. Critics thought it wouldnt hold the attention of children, i would disagree, i think it was one of the best yet. And, so as not to ruin the story for anyone who hasn't read it, but oh yes, '[i:11vfyfvu]he's[/i:11vfyfvu] gone! I predicted that from the go. Sorry, i didn't mean to sound smug :D buti hardly ever get that kind of thing right. Anyway, the next film is looking quite good, and i for one cannot wat for the final installment. Apparantly it won't be for a while yet though. Rowling wants to write something other than Harry Potter to prove she can, and become a 'respected' author, rather than a children's author. She should have thought about that before writing such a god series that is [b:11vfyfvu]7[/b:11vfyfvu] books long if you ask me though.... view post


posted 05 Aug 2005, 20:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by target, Auditor

leg view post


posted 05 Aug 2005, 20:08 in Author Q & AAnasurimbors as high councillors by target, Auditor

Well if it is a case of the having no choice but to council a lord then i would presume they would be excellent advisors. I would certainly rather they advised me than my enemies. view post


posted 05 Aug 2005, 20:08 in Author Q & ACnaiur's prowess by target, Auditor

Maybe the reason Nonmen struggle to survive in the Three Seas is due to the climate or something like that. A weak idea, but an idea. Shoot me down someone :D view post


posted 05 Aug 2005, 20:08 in Literature DiscussionDont be ashamed (Harry Potter) by target, Auditor

[quote:30tk1bwf]Yeah, but you weren't chased by a half dead wizard who happens to be your parents murderer[/quote:30tk1bwf] Granted. :D It's not the action that appealed to me, it was that we finally learnt about Tom Riddle and why he is how he is. It was the background that i liked, it creates a fuller, rounded character for Voldemort, rather than a faceless villain that you often find in 'children's' literature. As for the death, the last two, i feal, were fairly obvious, however the one in Goblet of Fire shocked me, i just wasn't expecting it. That being said, i was a little shocked at the one in Half-Blood Prince, mainly because i jus didn't think Rowling would go through with it, although it had to be done. Also, it was done well this time, as oposed to the awful one in Order of the Phoenix. Or so i think at any rate. view post


posted 05 Aug 2005, 20:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionOur own unique, original euphemisms for naughty bits... by target, Auditor

purple headed womb ferret She was aching for someone's purple headed womb ferret. Courtesy of Kate Winslet in 'Extras'. (Not nearly as good as 'The Office' :D ) view post


posted 05 Aug 2005, 20:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by target, Auditor

dog view post


posted 05 Aug 2005, 23:08 in Author Q & ACnaiur's prowess by target, Auditor

That's because archers are awesome :D However, he did seem to have quite a bit of success avoiding the Kianene archers when fleeing from them during the Battle of the Slopes, and that was at pretty close range. I suppose that , even starting at 100 paces, he could try to duck and weave. I wouldn;t put money on him surviving, but you never know. view post


posted 06 Aug 2005, 15:08 in Author Q & ACnaiur's prowess by target, Auditor

[quote="White Lord"]Since they once ruled all of Earwa, this isn't a very convincing argument . . . quote] Good point, i had forgotten that :oops: Never mind. Could it possibly be that humans have mastered ironwork or something similar? Weapons and armour can go a long way to defeating something that relies on its physical adantages, as does archery. It may not be the most noble way of killing an enemy but it does the trick. Or have i missed some detail of the text again? :D view post


posted 06 Aug 2005, 23:08 in Author Q & ACnaiur's prowess by target, Auditor

Damn you White Lord, you have a n answer for everything :D It definately remainsto be sen then why the nonmen don't last long in Earwa. For the moment i'm stumped for reasons. I wonder if Scott will shed any light? Or if the White Lord himself has any ideas? view post


posted 07 Aug 2005, 23:08 in Author Q & AeXXXtremely Important questions which require answers. by target, Auditor

Super Frog, my friend, you are a genius. Or at least your questions are :D 1) no, i have never had the opportunity propperly. I don't own a cat, or a plush velvet couch, and i can't really afford wine at the moment. I have sat in a high-backed, rotating, leather chair whilst stroking a cat though. That was good fun. 2) If i could shout any one thing at God....hmmm.....i think it would have to be a rather incredulous.....BLIMEY! view post


posted 09 Aug 2005, 10:08 in Author Q & AeXXXtremely Important questions which require answers. by target, Auditor

That's two words Nauticus :wink: view post


posted 09 Aug 2005, 10:08 in Philosophy DiscussionEasy = wrong? by target, Auditor

Thanx Saint, if i ever have the time i will check it out. view post


posted 09 Aug 2005, 10:08 in The Darkness That Comes Beforekellhus == good guy?? by target, Auditor

Is there no possible way though? Wouldn't some schoolmen be able to take him out? Especially a member of the Mandate with their Cants? I think 'd probably vote for running too though. view post


posted 09 Aug 2005, 11:08 in Literature DiscussionDont be ashamed (Harry Potter) by target, Auditor

[quote="Tol h'Eddes":139t9vpb] From what I read and understood, he was an arrogant kid who liked to hurt people. Has he become evil because of the orphenarium? Is it in his blood? Maybe someone will light me up :)[/quote:139t9vpb] Well, i wouldn't think you could really say it was in his blood, mainly because of what we have seen regarding his mother, Merope, she didn't share any of the nasty tendencies his grandfather or uncle had, and his father was a muggle, and apart from considering Merope below his station was not evil either. As for the orphinarium, i'm not certain that this caused his arrogance either, seen as he was always different and a bit of a bully. Te question i believe is was he an arrogant bully because he was different? I think he would have He could be trying to prove something; by becomming the most powerful and feared wizard ever. Although i cannot really see what this would achieve. From his induction into Slytherin we can see that he is very ambitious and cunning, and from his first yea at Hogwarts he appears to have asserted his position as a leader. This could very well be due to his 'deprived' childhood: with few friends and few possessions etc. When he finally found himself at Hogwarts, surrounded by fellow wizards, he was finally in the company of people who considered him normal. All he did then was strive to prove himself, to become the best. I think to some extent he is still trying to do that, and that is all he ever wanted. In splitting himself up into 7 different horcruxes he was doing something that no wizard had done before, and guarrenteeing himself almost eternal life, something else that no one had achieved (with the possible exception of Nicolas Flamel, but does he count as a wizard or alchemist?). Clearly his next challenge is Harry, 'The Boy Who Lived'. Voldemort failed to kill Harry, therefore not being the best. His motivation now revolves around undoing this and once again becomming the most powerful wizard ever to have existed. If he fails in this, he will have failed himself. Or at least these are my thoughts. view post


posted 09 Aug 2005, 16:08 in Philosophy DiscussionBattleground God by target, Auditor

The test annoys me, mainly because i can't argue with a computer programme. Yes i can protest all i want, but it isn't going to engage in an argument with me. The problem i have is that my perception of God necessitates contradictions with my perception of reality. I can never be truly logical because my answers will not agree. Also, i got a little annoyed when it told me that if God was logical (or something similar) then he could not make 2+2=5. Which he could if he was omnipotent, because he could just say "2+2=5, from now on thou shalt count 1,2,3,5,4..." and that would be that. It doesn't need to be logical because He could make it so. Any meaning that we have attatched to words or numbers is, in actuality, meaningless. Attach a different meaning to the word and it no loner means wha it did before. It's all perception. Otherwise, good fun. It's still wrong though. view post


posted 09 Aug 2005, 16:08 in Philosophy DiscussionDo you believe a God exists? by target, Auditor

Personally, i'm agnostic. I'm not going to commit myself to any faith, however, if i'm not proven definitavely wrong and that God(s) do exist, i will recant on my death bed :lol: However, my belief is thus: God does exist, or at least he has done for the past 2100 years or so...maybe. Basically i think that God is a social reflex: he exists purely through faith and belief, if you believe in God, then God exists. For example, do the polytheistic deities of the Greeks and Romans exist today? Answer, probably not. Why though? I think its because no-one believe in them any longer. If you had asked a Roman if the monotheistic deity we know as God existed they would have persecuted you or treid to enforce their beliefs upon you. If everybody stopped believing in God, he would cease to exist. Similarly if everybody started believing that it was in fact a giant cheese sandwich that had evolved beyond the normal confines of a cheese sandwich to a stage of knowldge and enlightenment that allowed it to create life, then the chances are, for all sense and purposes, it would exist. There is no way to prove the existence or non-existence of God, it is all opinion and faith. Everyone has the right to believe what they will. And if i'm wrong: recant on my death bed. Brilliant :D view post


posted 09 Aug 2005, 23:08 in Philosophy DiscussionBattleground God by target, Auditor

Granted, but i'm not sure that that was the circumstance that the argument arose from. I was using logic as an example because i couldnt quite remember. Of course i could be wrong, it has been a while since i took the test, but i'm fairly sure it wasnt in that circumstance. view post


posted 10 Aug 2005, 00:08 in Literature DiscussionDont be ashamed (Harry Potter) by target, Auditor

Sounds about right, i'm not sure about nobody listening to him however. I'm prety sure Dumbledore would have leant an ear, he did seem to take an interest in young Tom. Dumbledore always seemed friendly towards him too, particularly in that he interviewed him concerning the position of DATDA (interview may not be the best word, they met) even after he had started to murder people. Certainly Voldemort is a special case; an interesting ad complex character. What strikes me is the apparant balance between good and evil that appears to be cropping up in many places: namely embrcing the darker side of your character, but with restraint. For example, Harry's use of the DA when he is particularly angry or emotional. Something which can also be observed in Luke Skywalker when confronting Vader. He embraces his emotions to make him more powerful, but he keeps them in control, never fully submitting to them and ultimately mastering himself, the Force and defeating Vader. Imo of course. view post


posted 10 Aug 2005, 00:08 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat is Philosophy? by target, Auditor

Iits thoughts on everything. Life, the universe and everything :D (sorry, had to be done) Although i suppose it depends on how you define 'thoughts'. Its definately an astute description and its not incorrect. Anything can be defined as a 'thought' due to the nature of reality. Basically nothing in this existence is concrete, its all abstract. It's all philosophy. view post


posted 10 Aug 2005, 00:08 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat is Philosophy? by target, Auditor

Or rather, its all philosphical. Of course, taht is another argument. view post


posted 10 Aug 2005, 00:08 in Author Q & AeXXXtremely Important questions which require answers. by target, Auditor

I would think cockmunch would count as one word. It was certainly typed as one, and i don't think it would make sense as two separate words. Of course God is omniscient though, so i think any attempt at bribery wouldn't work. Unless God was feeling mischievous and decided to let you in for being cheeky. I think as log as you don't blaspheme i dont think he could be that harsh anyway. Being omnibenevolent, as the Catholic Church would have us believe, he couldn't really could he? If he was then that would be a falsety in the Roman Catholic dogma wouldn't it? Seen as that is the basis of the faith and, assuming this was the One, monotheistic deity of Roman Catholic proportions, wouldn't prove God fallible and thus tear apart the fabric of reality or something? That could be interesting. On a similar line of questioning, what aspect would you consider God would appear in, should he ever reveal himself to us? view post


posted 10 Aug 2005, 00:08 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat is Philosophy? by target, Auditor

Well said. I wish i had thought of that, much simpler than my rambling waffle. It can't be quite that simple though can it? I mean, as good a definition as that is, semantics can only be a part of it, it cannot be the whole? I suppose it could though,it is basically one big argument with whoever says the most complex, yet to some extent sensible, things emerging victor. You know what? I should sleep, my mind clearly isn't working, i'm even arguing with myself now. view post


posted 10 Aug 2005, 19:08 in Philosophy DiscussionBattleground God by target, Auditor

2 & 2. Stupid questions, with their stupid computer programme that isnt right. Grrr. I'm not annoyed, honest. view post


posted 10 Aug 2005, 20:08 in Philosophy DiscussionBattleground God by target, Auditor

Well i didn't expect to get through the quiz unscathed because i know my beliefs are riddled with inconsistencies. My form of God is created by my Roman Catholic upbringing and with me being an agnostic, my beliefs and my version of God do cannot reconcile themsleves. I have never pertained to have a bullet-proof conception of the world and religion, because i love to discuss and argue about it so much. view post


posted 10 Aug 2005, 20:08 in Philosophy DiscussionBattleground God by target, Auditor

I do kind of get what you are saying, but i dont believe that was an issue for me. I dont think you having the years on me is much of a factor really because i do not want to get things straightened in my head.My agnosticism is down to the fact that i cannot reconcile my religious upbringing ith my own perceptions and interpretations of God and the world. I cannot believe in the God i was taught to believe in because my experiences do not justify such a God. Were i to reconcile my beliefs one way or another, i would either accept God or reject him: become Christian or atheist; neither of which i like. I do not wish to reject the idea of a God, i merely seek to oppose it. I love theological debate, and as i stand, i can accept elements from all different faiths and teachings and reach my own conclusions (something which i hope to do just before i die) and decide. Until then, i like to stand in the middle gound debating the subject and listening to other's viewpoints. I do know, however, that i will never become a Christian again if i can avoid it, i am far too opposed to the Church (although i love its history: it is so hyocrytical its unbelievable) and their religious doctrine. Far better, and far more interesting, to argue it out in the meantime. view post


posted 10 Aug 2005, 21:08 in Philosophy DiscussionBattleground God by target, Auditor

Ok, i'm not going to argue that years dont count because they obviously do. My ;perceptions of God and whatnot are all straight in my head, i know exactly what i believe, its just that they dont reconcile themselves, my conception of God does not reconcile with my conception of reality. What i mean to say is, i understand everything that i believe, but they do not add up straight and i accept that. I'm happy with that, that's how i want things to be. My perception of God is a Christian one. He must be omniscient, omnipotent, omnibenevolent, omnipresent etc. If (s)he were that, however, then the world wouldn't be how it is. This is why i do not follow the faith and do not believe in God. I will not deny that there may be a God, i just do not believe that there is, therefore, being Agnostic. view post


posted 10 Aug 2005, 22:08 in Literature DiscussionDont be ashamed (Harry Potter) by target, Auditor

Don't be stupid. I have a life, or a sort of life, and i could ramble on about this for years. My housemates and I frequently do. I don't think there is anything wrong with it, and i will freely admit that i can be a bit of a 'geek' but i dont care. I actually think 'geeks' are becomming 'cool' these days. Goodness this world is an odd place. It's just a little too much to ask to be 'normal' isn't it. But this is not the place for a discussion of 'normality'. view post


posted 10 Aug 2005, 23:08 in Philosophy DiscussionBattleground God by target, Auditor

Maybe it isn't a test of anything but your language skills, but i wasn't taking the test in order to attempt to outwit it and get through unscathed. I took the test to see what it was like and what it made of my beliefs. They may contradict themselves, but i knew that before i took the test, so i wasn't expecting anything less. What i mean by 'reality' is how this life is. What it is like on earth. For me at any rate. My conception of reality. I wouldn't really know how to express that myself, but i will give it a go. I'm a sceptic. I do not believe that what we experience is necessarily reality because there is no way of knowing that we are not in a sort of 'matrix'. It's something like Plato's (i think, very well could be Aristotle, i cant quite remember) alegory of the Cave. I'm guessing that you have seen the Matrix (one of my favourite films, but sod the other two, it should have been left as a stand alone), the bit where Mouse talks about the 'taste' of his food? Well this is similar to what i think of reality. What we experience is not necessarily what things really are. However there is no way to prove this wrong (unless you are unplugged of cuorse :D ) and therefore i am a sceptic. I think. I should probably take that test again. I don't think this is a case of right or wrong, as usual i think it is a difference of opinion. I know my thoughts (see what i did there :wink: ) do not agree sometimes, but most of the time they do, it is only when it comes down to contesting God that things take a few hits, because if there is a Christian God, (S)He cannot be what a Christian believes Him/Her to be with the world in the state that it is in. Unless of course you bring up Free Will, but that is another argument. Any better? Or still just as confusing? I know what i'm trying to say, i just dont think its getting across. I think its this difference of opinion thing again. It could, however, be that its getting late and i am very VERY tired at the moment. I think i'll go sleep.... view post


posted 13 Aug 2005, 22:08 in Philosophy DiscussionBattleground God by target, Auditor

Were you just trying to argue that all the time? 'Cause if you were then there really is a problem with language. Anyway, it doesn't matter, you're right in the fundamentals, and anything you're wrong in i don' t know and don't really care because it's all immaterial :D 'Ranked', now that is a new word for me, i'm guessing it means the same as 'jibe' or 'joke' or 'friendly piss-take' and i'm fine with that, i mean, i am English, many people laugh at me. Including the English themselves (i'm northern, something to do with everyone living north of Watford being a barbarian....southerners! :) ) Well played with the age card, although i'm getting frustrated with that, my friend is 26 and he keeps playing it, its currently the bane of my life. I'm not sure that i wish you hadn't got me into this because i have enjoyed the debate, at least i have when my mind has been working, its bee nall over the place recently with the large(ish) amounts of concerted effort im putting into my work - i'm not used to it quite yet :D Anyway, i think that's enough of that interesting convo, and i'm sure you have come to a similar conclusion. Question is, can you take it anywhere else? 8) view post


posted 13 Aug 2005, 22:08 in Author Q & AeXXXtremely Important questions which require answers. by target, Auditor

[quote="Super Frog":1bhvrzkl]I know, I have a letter from God that says so. God is such a brown noser, I should probably stop talking to him.[/quote:1bhvrzkl] I think that's a little too full of yourself :) By the way, is God and anthropomorphic personification of humanity divine? Or is he a voice in your head that delivers all these inspired thoughts to you? view post


posted 13 Aug 2005, 22:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by target, Auditor

mouse view post


posted 13 Aug 2005, 22:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is your favorite sport? by target, Auditor

Archery - woohoo!! Brilliant :D Also, i love playing football (oh yes, it is [b:1bw84s4v]not[/b:1bw84s4v] soccer), badminton, tennis, golf, cricket (go England! Beat those Aussies!!!), squash, american football (although i watch that more than play, i don't get much opportunity, i can't afford to play for my team and i don't know how god i am :? oh, and go Pats!) Basically i like most sports, although i don't play hockey. I will watch, i wont play. Basketball kind of the opposite. And we don't really play baseball in England. Although, go Redsocks! I had a good American sporting year last year :D view post


posted 13 Aug 2005, 22:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by target, Auditor

Kings of Leon - Aha Shake Heartbreak view post


posted 14 Aug 2005, 00:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by target, Auditor

Nice connection Deerow. Let's think..... foghorn view post


posted 16 Aug 2005, 11:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by target, Auditor

Thans Lucimay, i everyone up nicely for that one, i'm just glad someone said it :D Right, after Igloos, i would move to Pingu view post


posted 16 Aug 2005, 11:08 in Author Q & APrince of Nothing in Audio Book by target, Auditor

Yeah, an audiobook version would definately be good. Love listening to my favourite stories, its a great way to enjoy them again and again and again...... view post


posted 16 Aug 2005, 11:08 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by target, Auditor

Gotta love Zin and Akka. I also like Proyas and i'm quite drawn to Ikueri Conphas, but my favourite would probably have to be Akka. The rest of the cast has something likeable about them (except the consult, who are set up as the 'bad' guys and i would probably say Kellhus and Serwe, whom i ust don't really like) but Akka just stands out for me and i really want to know what becomes of him more than anyone else. view post


posted 16 Aug 2005, 12:08 in Author Q & ATTT cover by target, Auditor

Cover looks good, but that isn't the one we Brits will be getting i don't think...and hope because that will really screw up my colection of covers - does anyone else find that [b:24ssehff]really[/b:24ssehff] annoying? view post


posted 16 Aug 2005, 12:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is your favorite sport? by target, Auditor

I was waiting for someone to put that up, and somehow i knew it would be you Echoex :lol: Well played sah! view post


posted 16 Aug 2005, 12:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is your favorite sport? by target, Auditor

I know, it's brilliant. Gotta love beach sports. view post


posted 16 Aug 2005, 17:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is your favorite sport? by target, Auditor

That depends on how you define 'sport'. I would say figure skating counts as a sport, especially if archery and equestrian do. Figure skating involves much more exercise etc. so i would count it. view post


posted 16 Aug 2005, 23:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by target, Auditor

Robinson Crusoe view post


posted 16 Aug 2005, 23:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is your favorite sport? by target, Auditor

To be pedantic that can exclude a lot of sports, especially American Football. There a [b:2dvn6gpd]lot[/b:2dvn6gpd] of judges/referees in American Football and they can make bad decision etc therefore deciding the outcome of the game. This can be true of many sports including football and tennis to name but two. It is a tricky point and im not sure i totally agree with that definiton. What i am appalled at though is that there appears to have been some discussion concerning making darts an official Olympic sport...although i think that is really just a British bid to win some more medals :D view post


posted 17 Aug 2005, 14:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by target, Auditor

grin :D view post


posted 17 Aug 2005, 23:08 in Author Q & AeXXXtremely Important questions which require answers. by target, Auditor

How would and exclamation point cereal work? I can't quite figure it out. And i did not know, but thanks for the info, now i can wow all my friends with more intersting things than: if you divided all the lego in the world by the number of people, each person would have about 4 pieces. Although with the mass production of lego i'm sure the aerage rises daily, but i'm not sure.... view post


posted 17 Aug 2005, 23:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by target, Auditor

laugh view post


posted 18 Aug 2005, 00:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is your favorite sport? by target, Auditor

Yeah, well i was only being pedantic really with teh judges, but i can't totally agree with you but i can see your point. The Ashes is awesome and its good to know we have some Americans watching :D Although bleeding Aussies drawing the third test, grrrrr. Bloody northern weather, it always has to rain, they should restrict the cricket to Edgbaston because Birmingham opperates on its own moni-climate, and i can watch it live :D Anyways, let's just see what Trent Bridge brings us, its back in the Midlands so we might just see a full 5 days cricket. My housemate is playing on International Cricket Captain 2005 right now, and losing hilariously, so if you will excuse me, i have to laugh...a lot. view post


posted 18 Aug 2005, 22:08 in Author Q & AeXXXtremely Important questions which require answers. by target, Auditor

That's what i was thinking. Although i suppose you just need to indent the gap, so that the dot and the stem are slightly raised (i've forgotten the clever term - what they often do with titles on book covers) then that would work, andi think i'd probably eat it too, as long as i could afford it. view post


posted 18 Aug 2005, 22:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by target, Auditor

evil (they scare me too, although no tquite as much as manakins, expressionless masks [which i find imensely cool too - how odd] and mimes. I think mimes are possibly one of the biggest evils on the planet.) view post


posted 19 Aug 2005, 00:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by target, Auditor

sequel view post


posted 19 Aug 2005, 00:08 in Author Q & AeXXXtremely Important questions which require answers. by target, Auditor

Yeah, that would be awesome, i think someone should get right on that! Millions are in the making. view post


posted 24 Aug 2005, 02:08 in Author Q & AeXXXtremely Important questions which require answers. by target, Auditor

Emboss, thankyou, god im not having a good time thinking at the moment. Good for you Super Frog, that is only possible, however, if you consider the Universe to be a finite mass that is conquerable.....but still, good for you. I will have to be sneeky about releasing them in England..... view post


posted 24 Aug 2005, 02:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by target, Auditor

side view post


posted 24 Aug 2005, 02:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionOur own unique, original euphemisms for naughty bits... by target, Auditor

That's not bad, i may start to use that. Snatch always reminds me of the film. Such a funny film, always enjoy it. view post


posted 24 Aug 2005, 02:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionWords You Like or Don't Like by target, Auditor

like: flabergast, bamboozle, interfrastically, wowzers (Inspector Gadget, gotta love him), suave, crass dislike: mistake (overly used by poker commentators for no seemingly no reason at all), Chelsea, Arsenal (sick to death of them both, all they do is win, whine and complain that they dont win more. They can all die horrible whiney deaths right now) Can't think of any more right now, but when i get some, ill tell you :) view post


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

super view post


posted 29 Aug 2005, 22:08 in Philosophy DiscussionDo you believe a God exists? by target, Auditor

but that does not necessarily discount free will. Free will is still present if your will is forcebly changed etc, that is only the removal of you rability to undertake your will, not the lack of free will. People can still effectively do what they like within reason and within the bounds of their culture - which is why some people are forcebly restrained. Not that i totally disagree, its a complex subject, but if you dont have free will, then what controls our lives? I for one do not really like the idea that we cannot affect what happens in our lives, that we cannot shape our own destiny, that everything is down to a predetermined or otherwise controlled fate. Unless, of course, there are many personal Gods who play Dungeons and Dragons with each of our lives, something like in Pratchett....and even then only because its funny. view post


posted 30 Aug 2005, 01:08 in Philosophy DiscussionDo you believe a God exists? by target, Auditor

I know, poor soles. Wel, they'll always have their tea and biscuits......and games of life and death. view post


posted 30 Aug 2005, 19:08 in Philosophy DiscussionDo you believe a God exists? by target, Auditor

[quote="Ashaman0":2qovcgfj] which is probably why it bugs me so much when people (e.i. my g/f) think Im not a good person because I dont dedicate my life to God/Jesus or go and repent/pray.[/quote:2qovcgfj] You see, that's why im slightly opposed to religion, especially the Roman Catholic. Its all a religion of guilt: Christ dies for our sins so we should worship him and dedicate our lives to his name etc etc. The people who really aren't good people are very often Catholics themselves. They persecute and oppose people of other faiths, criticising them for not sharing their beliefs and not being god Christians, finding it incredibly hard to do something their religion is based on: forgiveness. I find the best example of this is in the US where Christianity is a huge religion, but still there is an incredible amount of racism and intollerance of other religions. Best imo to agree to dsagree with them and inform them kindly that they cannot run our lives and that we are all free to believe what we will believe. And if that doesnt work, just start listing all the Christian atrocities throughout the years and point out shortcommings of the faith. I hope it doesnt get to that though, its never a nice place to go. As far as im concerned people can believe what they like and until im proven wrong then thats what ill continue to believe :) view post


posted 31 Aug 2005, 11:08 in Philosophy DiscussionDo you believe a God exists? by target, Auditor

Fundamentalism is the worst of the lot, and imo one of the scariest religions on the planet, just look at Gibson and his dad. I think Deerow is right on the 'organised' religion point. Fortunately for me, even though i know many Christians, none are too uptight (well one is, he, his family and girlfriend play Bibleopoly - now thats just wrong) which is great cause i dont get the teachings rammed down my throat or criticised for not being a 'good' Christian. Plus, they generally listen to me and as long as i dont attack their religion we can have some good theological debates. As for the born-again Christian, look no further than our good old friend in the White House. What is currently going on in Iraq etc. is hardly more than what is happening in PoN, buti dont want to associate the words here, hopefully you know what im getting at. Unsurprisingly, Islam has responded with Jihad. Although, to be fair, Jihad was called before the war, and against 'the West' because (surprise, surprise) we dont do things the way they do. I wish everyone could just try ad tollerate each other for a change instead of fighting for dominion and hegemony over others. view post


posted 01 Sep 2005, 16:09 in Philosophy DiscussionThe problem of evil by target, Auditor

I dont think it would be possibe to raise someone with no sense of good or evil. Again, i wouldnt really know, but i would expect that even without an upbringing diversifying between good and evil that the person would come to his/her own conclusions based on their conception of the world. In general, however, i think it is more a question of culture that defines our perceptions of good/evil, right/wrong in the world more than anything else. view post


posted 01 Sep 2005, 22:09 in Author Q & ACities by target, Auditor

Seljuks would be the better fit chronologically and from what i can gather from the text, culturally. Of course, Scott may have other ideas, but the Seljuk model seems to me to be a lot more fitting for the character of the Fanim. view post


posted 02 Sep 2005, 11:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionWords You Like or Don't Like by target, Auditor

ooooh, consanguinity - of the same blood, i love that one. primogeniture - succession of first born son, also good. view post


posted 02 Sep 2005, 11:09 in Philosophy DiscussionThe problem of evil by target, Auditor

Lucimay, sometimes i get the feeling that your just one big cosmic conspiracy theorist :D view post


posted 06 Sep 2005, 01:09 in Philosophy DiscussionThings I will not accept in an argument by target, Auditor

I think that generally to have an idea is better than to have a belief. Belief can become inflexible and dogmatic, much better to philosophise, but hey, that's what we're all here for. As for things i hate in argumets: people who don't listen to you people who constantly interupt and yet hate to be interupted people who dont respond with anything but indignation or anger if you question their beliefs/faith - they dont respond with a rational argument, they just refuse to justify themselves dogmatism - always people who read a book or two and think they know everything on the subject and then blankly disagree with your arguments without propperly backing up theirs. Anyway, that was a nice vent. Bed for me. view post


posted 06 Sep 2005, 19:09 in Philosophy DiscussionThings I will not accept in an argument by target, Auditor

I wonder how people would communicate telepathically? Surely you must think in the language that you speak? What exactly do you mean when you say you have a problem with the english language communicating ideas propperly? And please don't use that as an example :D as quick and wity as that would be, it wouldn't help. view post


posted 06 Sep 2005, 23:09 in Literature DiscussionWhat would you say are the must-reads of literature? by target, Auditor

Barthes is good, so are most of the structuralists though. Need to look into Boudrillard, need to look into most things, never have the time. Oh well, must plod on. view post


posted 06 Sep 2005, 23:09 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat happens when your soul leaves your body? by target, Auditor

I have no idea, and i dont realy even want to postulate. Tough question. A thinker. view post


posted 07 Sep 2005, 23:09 in Philosophy DiscussionThings I will not accept in an argument by target, Auditor

I get what you're saying, and it makes quite a lot of sense. I do agree that thought, to some extent, must be in concepts and ideas, but of course, thats what thoughts are: concpets and ideas. What i think (thus proving your second point - back to that later :) )i'm trying to say is that i express these ideas to myself in something that i understand: English/words. The baby thought point im not going to touch, simply because i can't. However, the possibility that you dont think in words because, should you consider something that you cannot describe in one way or another through the use of words, how would you define it to yourself? I cannot imagine that you could think of something that you cannot describe in words. The only thing that i can think of that comes close is trying to comprehend nothingness ie. the beginnings of the universe - pre-big bang or whatever. But even then, you're cosmic meanderings of the mind must surely be constrained by language as there is no other way to describe it, not even to yourself. As far as im aware - at least when im thinking to myself, even my postulations are bound by the confines of language so that i know what im talking about. It's almost like arguing with someone, except its with your own mind - if you get me. Which brings me to language. Yes, i have had that problem. Within this posts and others, i had a similar discussion with Lucimay in another thread, except this was only a side effect of you will. Language can be tricky, and yes it would be much better to be able to comunicate ideas as they appear to you, in their pure conceptual form. We're not that lucky though. I don't think its the language that cause the problem, its the concepts and ideas that are the troublemakers. Expressing these can be tricky, not because there are no words to do so with, but because you cannot find the correct words to communicate the problem. Of course, im playing Devil's Advocate here because these are my thoughts and i'd be interested to here your thoughts on the matter. You've got me thinking, close the deal. view post


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