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Literature / Re: Steven Erikson (The 3.5 million word journey?)
« on: December 20, 2018, 03:47:59 am »
Still haven't got to this, but I need to.

At least it's not 3.5 million freaking words...  ;)

Literature / Re: Steven Erikson (The 3.5 million word journey?)
« on: December 19, 2018, 09:26:29 pm »
A new Steven Erikson novel is out in hardcover. "Rejoice, A Knife In The Heart", a first-contact story. Looks interesting.

Philosophy & Science / Re: The Insect Apocalypse is Here?
« on: November 30, 2018, 07:14:41 pm »
I vaguely remember the Lotka-Volterra equations from high-school.
I vaguely remember that there is a subject called Differential Equations.

The HU Band - Wolf Totem

Mongolian rock. What the Scylvendi would play if they condescended to indulge in such "womanish" arts as music.

Writing / Re: With Teeth by Francis Buck (TSA short fanfic)
« on: November 12, 2018, 06:16:51 pm »
Very difficult rhyme scheme to pull off successfully, FB!

aa aaa aaaa aaa

Nice work!

And, since the true test of music is live performance, here's BBT performing "East Coast Racer" in August 2015.

More Big Big Train, this being a nicely produced music video of the song "Folklore". Anyone familiar with the original film "The Wicker Man" (not the Nicolas Cage travesty...) may find the hairs on his or her neck rising and chills up the spine.

BFK is heavily into Big Big Train at the moment. I've already rhapsodized on the romantic gem "Curator Of Butterflies", and here's another marvelous track:

"East Coast Racer" by BBT. If you're interested in the story of steam-powered locomotion, watch the video.

If this nostalgia for a vanishing time has any appeal, the CD is "English Electric, Parts One and Two". Get the double CD set; you won't regret it.

Philosophy & Science / Re: The Best from "Quillette"
« on: November 01, 2018, 02:51:44 am »
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That's part of the problem though.  How can we identify when liberalism goes too far?  When group identity is more important than personal identity?  Where do we stand to get the proper perspective?  I think the answer has to be somewhere in the middle, but who can be in the middle and then judge?  They'd just be decried as too conservative.  That's the problem when everything is too polar, there is no middle to mitigate extremism on either side.  But it serves both sides to rip anyone in the middle to shreds because the polarity is the source of power.

I really like this explanation, on what I think is the entire problem with politics in the U.S..

I won't pretend to be smart enough to add anything significant enough other than my opinion. But, if I have ever stated that my views lie in the center (relative to the far right & left), I HAVE been viewed as having no real opinion. Which I find to be bullocks. Because, if I can look at an issue and see both sides does that mean that I have no real view on it? I do. It's only that I know the only way to reach a sensible solution is to meet somewhere in the middle. Hopefully, with a little more swinging your way. If not, we're left at a standstill. Exactly where politics stand today. No one willing to budge on their viewpoint, not willing to meet in the middle. It will be the downfall of us, I'm sure, if it doesn't change.

I don't think our current politics are all that dire. Remember, the hardcore right thought America wouldn't survive the Obama presidency. Now the hardcore left thinks we won't survive the Trump presidency. All of it .... complete nonsense.

Centrists such as MSJ may not be politically influential at this moment, but it is that centrist, bridge-building impulse that holds a society together. The wise among the hardcore politicos recognize that truth, and they know that they need to attract the centrists, to be open to that bridge-building impulse.

Philosophy & Science / The Best from "Quillette"
« on: October 30, 2018, 08:22:24 pm »
"Quillette is a platform for free thought. We respect ideas, even dangerous ones. We also believe that free expression and the free exchange of ideas help human societies flourish and progress. Quillette aims to provide a platform for this exchange."

The comment section is unusually civil.

Here's an article on the Jordan Peterson phenomenon, largely focussed on the animosity towards JP from the Left.

The Unholy Consult / Re: "Kellhus is dead, but not done."
« on: October 01, 2018, 03:15:11 am »
I actually have a thread on this exact topic I'm working on but still haven't finished (it's gargantuan), but one of the things I've considered.....
That, sir, is what's known in the broadcasting biz as a "deep tease"! Can't wait!!

General Misc. / Re: Board Games and Miniatures
« on: October 01, 2018, 03:07:27 am »
So you want me to go knock on his door and ask him what's happening with the start up, as someone posted his address online.  He'll fucking shoot me probably.

The guys name is Dez Oku, which seems made up by a lazy person to me.

The Merchant! I knew you would save me - you courageous fellow! That's right, you got it - knock on that fucker's door and ask him when he's going to deliver this goddamn game! I believe in you, brother. Take this piece of shit out! And yes, appears Dez is his name - the piece of shit was all over town when he was shopping his game, and then boo hoo, people died and goes radio silent - could be worse, he could be stuck in Earwa. Bull ... SHIT, I tell you! Bull shit. Don't be a pussy, Merchant and just get in your fucking car and drive over there - if you're too "busy", then get Bakker to fucking do it ... he ain't writing so has a lot of free time on his hands, I reckon. Anyways, fuck him, this adventure has you written all over it, Merchant! Stock up your hardware, if you have to and have Reservoir Dogs playing in your car and get er' done! You're awesome, I love ya. Now do it!

Funniest rant from the great TaoHorror in awhile!

Hey, I'd do the job myself, but we Amikans* now need a freaking passport to "visit" Canada. Effing bullshit!

*"Seventh Decimate" reference! (see Stephen R. Donaldson thread)

The Almanac: PON Edition / Re: ARC: TWP Chapter 6
« on: October 01, 2018, 02:48:55 am »
Also, looks like many have abandoned you on the path TheCulminatingApe ;)

Not everybody can handle the slog ;)
Verily, thou speakest truly.

General Misc. / Elon Musk "Hits Blunt" on Joe Rogan Experience And.....
« on: September 09, 2018, 02:35:33 am »

#2 is very strong
#3 is best in class so far.
#17 is extremely funny. Winner!

Keep 'em coming!


Renaissance Lute - John Dowland

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