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The Forum of Interesting Things / The Oral History of John Titor
« on: October 25, 2017, 03:48:04 pm »
The Oral History of John Titor, the Man Who Traveled Back in Time to Save the Internet

Pretty good read from some people who lived it. I remember my buddy exposing it to me in like grade 9 or 10. Though, of course, I didn't know anything about the context of the Art Bell show then.

The Enlightened Dead / The Enlightened Dead
« on: October 12, 2017, 05:45:28 pm »
Bakker mentioned (again) it as something he might pursue in the nearish future on the recent Stuff To Blow Your Mind podcast.

Philosophy & Science / On Consciousness: Riccardo Manzotti and Tim Parks
« on: October 12, 2017, 05:40:12 pm »
A series of written conversations between Riccardo Manzotti and Tim Parks "On Consciousness."

The Forum of Interesting Things / Geography of Upward Mobility in America
« on: October 05, 2017, 03:15:11 pm »
The Equality of Opportunity Project: We use big data to identify new pathways to upward mobility.

Philosophy & Science / Can Our Democracy Survive Tribalism?
« on: October 05, 2017, 03:12:15 pm »
America Wasn’t Built for Humans

Fairly interesting article I think many SAers/TPBers would enjoy reading given our speculative bent.

General Earwa / [TUC Spoilers] Writing for Ambiguity
« on: October 04, 2017, 06:32:49 pm »
Given the various reactions to Bakker's conclusion of TAE and his Q&A/AMA comments thereafter, I found it very funny to find a couple weeks ago that there is something of a tradition of writers writing to write perfectly ambiguious texts.

An Introduction to the Codex Seraphinianus, the Strangest Book Ever Published.

I got a couple laughs out of it given our fandom context.

The Unholy Consult / [TUC Spoilers] Ajokli's Motivations
« on: October 03, 2017, 06:19:20 pm »
A post by H in TNG subforum made me want to sound the Interval.

I know we've had versions of this thread already and, though I'm sure it'll inevitably come up, I'd like to approach this through the lens that Ajokli is acting on his own (Kellhus then is strictly unwitting victim).

There are a couple data points we can cite without even debating or attributing Kellhus' dialogue in the Golden Room to Ajokli.

- Firstly, we have Ajokli's momentary victory speech when he's gone full-on Ghost Rider God-Mode. He wants to be on Earwa, not in the Outside, and he'd like to create Hell on Earwa and "shovel souls into the furnaces of Hell" (badly paraphrasing).
- Secondly, We have the comment by the fifth Mutilated whose head Ajokli pops that Ajokli is making a play to hide from the Gods at Golgotterath (I find this further validated by my reading as after TUC I found the whole Momemn story line to be about the Gods hunting and trying to stop Ajokli, rather than Kellhus specifically).

Original tangent but please feel free to continue here without referencing the other thread - we've covered a lot of the same tangents in other threads but I'd like to entertain the particulars in this one now.

TUC SPOILERS - Spoilers actually begin at 53:40 (26:25 remaining).

Fuck yes!

Surprise bonus Bakker podcast from Lamb & McCormick!

General Misc. / The Mark Lawrence Forum Experiment
« on: September 27, 2017, 12:50:09 am »
So... I've started a Mark Lawrence fan forum a la SA v1...

Mark Lawrence has already responded:

Quote from: Mark Lawrence
I've never really felt that's a great thing. Probably better for an author if any discussions etc happen in more general spaces where they can catch the eye of new readers. So rather than a dedicated reddit subforum, use r/fantasy etc.

Ultimately, I'd like to find Mark Lawrence's Madshire/whoever to pass it off to. But for now I'm very interested in where this goes from here.

General Misc. / Funny Names for Groupings of Animals
« on: September 13, 2017, 12:36:44 am »
I'll start. 99 strange collective animal names. Not all of them were that strange and there are duplicates ;).

The Crabikiad / What's the story!?
« on: September 08, 2017, 03:40:12 pm »
Sounding the Plate, what're people's thoughts on The Crabikiad?

What is it that the Boy, Crabicus, gets up to?

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