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An atmospheric metal band heavily influenced by holy scriptures, the Apocalypse etc.

That definitely sounds like it would fit, though I can't say I've ever listened to a metal band can thought it was atmospheric lol.

Introduce Yourself / Re: Hello people!
« on: Today at 12:47:38 pm »
There are a lot of great books out there worth reading, but nothing quite like Bakker.

Despite our best efforts, its always tricky navigating spoilers for books on a forum like this (or anywhere really). Generally speaking, each named subforum (ie The Darkenss That Comes Before) includes open spoilers for all be the books preceding and including it.

So as of right now, The Unholy Consult sub is open spoilers for all content, and General Earwa is open spoilers for everything (always).


The Almanac: PON Edition / Re: ARC: TTT Chapter 10
« on: February 21, 2019, 12:44:06 pm »
I think you messed up the formatting. Too many quote tags, you've quoted yourself and now its all one bit quote...

Literature / Re: Yearly Targets 2019
« on: February 19, 2019, 01:38:06 pm »
I always seem to try and read at the start of the year and then fall off :(.

But... so far this calendar year I've read The War of the Worlds - H.G. Wells, The Martian - Andy Weir, and will probably finish The Name of the Wind - Rothfuss today.

War of the Worlds is one I'd be interested in reading, but also the radio brodcast that caused such a disturbance. How was it?
Martian was a fun read but not a ton to discuss afterwards.

What did you think of Name of the Wind? Definitely curious how that series goes for you.

Literature / Re: Yearly Targets 2019
« on: February 19, 2019, 01:01:54 pm »
Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson (6, 7)
Well of Ascension (book 2), and Hero of Ages (book 3)
Sanderson's simple prose made this series seem a bit YA, but it was ultimately a satisfying series. The magic system is fantastic, though it does feel like more time was spent on developing and implementing the magic than the rest of the book combined. Still a fun read though and it goes quick due to the way its written. Good pacing, plenty of mystery and I didn't guess the ending/twists along the way which I always appreciate. Towards the end it takes a bit of a left turn and delves into religion/faith/god in such a way that much of the second book now seems like an excuse to just do more cool magic stuff. Lots of action, this book won't satisfy an itch for something sophisticated, deep, and philosophical, but its worth reading if you're looking for something to entertain.

On to finishing Bancroft so I can catch up to you two.

Literature / Re: YOU MUST TELL ME ... What else are you reading?
« on: February 18, 2019, 03:05:39 pm »
  In fact, I think in it's own ways, it will be less palatable than Bakker for most people.
Guess I'll add another book to the list then. Can't pass up something with an endorsement like this.

Edit: This might sound sarcastic, its not lol.

General Misc. / Re: DUNE movie cast revealed
« on: February 15, 2019, 01:44:28 pm »
Hmm... themerchant 'tude makes this most difficult to decipher ;).

Well that, and read can often be read as read or read - there's not always enough context online to support one over the other.

General Misc. / Re: DUNE movie cast revealed
« on: February 15, 2019, 12:41:50 pm »
Just read the book it's really good.
Unsure if you're saying that you recently read the book, or if you're telling people to go read it :P.

What's this, like the 3rd attempt at a movie? Ought to be a success then! I do hope it goes well though, better than the previous movies at least...

The Unholy Consult / Re: Where to buy ebook in US?
« on: February 14, 2019, 01:26:26 pm »
Shenanigoats afoot. I got my Kindle TUC on 7/25/17.

AKA (likely) Overlook's gross incompetence.
We have long experienced the effects of Overlook's idiocy

Literature / Re: Yearly Targets 2019
« on: February 14, 2019, 12:30:41 pm »
I'm glad Cameron's new book was good. His first series, Traitor Son, is on my list this year to finish, and I really enjoyed the first book.

... what's left but limitless hedonism - a la Inchoroi.

You wouldn't even have to do anything - just rig the pleasure centers in your brain to fire for long periods of time. Never have to leave your couch/pod.
We do it to rats. Wire up their brains, give them a button that stimulates the pleasure centers.
They literally starve to death rather than stopping briefly to eat.

So yeah, I imagine leaving the pod at that point would see rather ridiculous.

Philosophy & Science / Re: Consciousness Live! with Bakker
« on: February 06, 2019, 03:01:15 pm »
Just gotta say I watched it and it was a fine discussion, interviewer was down to earth.

Was this the first you've seen/heard, or have you listened to some of his other stuff? Just asking because he generally comes off pretty reasonable, even if the hosts rarely do a good job keeping up lol.

People often change profoundly with age. Think of a 10 year old vs 20. 20 to 30. Its not just 60 vs 90 vs 150 that we're talking about.

So its not just age, but accumulation of experience, that shape a person and their personalities. Loss of those memories also changes a person.

I think something closer to the Inchoroi than the Nonmen would emerge though. The nonmen don't have the benefit of making the technology that gave them immortality. I suspect humans would figure out a way to stave off the negative effects - just like how we're working to solve present day Alzheimer's which usually comes about in old age.

Even without memory issues, presently there's statistically significant changes in older populations. For one, they tend to be racist and xenophobic. Cause/effect I don't know but... Taken to a galactic scale, I can imagine a bunch of grandfathers xenociding the universe to "get off my lawn" equivalent of galaxies.

Without death, and the means of infinite abundance, what's left but limitless hedonism - a la Inchoroi.

General Misc. / Re: Video Game Thread! What are you playing?
« on: February 05, 2019, 05:19:56 pm »
It is time consuming, but hey, isn't it more fun to get into one game heavily rather than 10 cursorily?

That actually sounds like quite a bit of content.

And yeah, you make a good point. Maybe that's been my problem with RPGs lately, jumping around rather than sinking into to one. Definitely something to consider.

General Misc. / Re: Video Game Thread! What are you playing?
« on: February 05, 2019, 04:22:23 pm »
Dark Souls III and its DLC are on sale on steam, so I ended up caving in and buying the DLC. Going to try and not to instantly spend 48 hours in there, since I've other shit to do. If anybody's looking for an immersive RPG with incredible atmosphere that has no qualms about kicking your ass, I can only recommend this game.
What does the DLC add? New bosses I'd hope.

I got bored rolling around after beating the second throne boss, but I can see the appeal. Finally beating a boss after dying a few dozen times was extremely satisfying. The biggest downside for me though is that it takes large blocks of dedicated time, which is becoming more and more elusive, especially because I'm terrible at these kinds of games lol.

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