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Literature / Re: Tim Ferriss on How to Read 300% Faster in 20 Minutes
« on: April 23, 2018, 09:00:46 pm »
I glanced through the article.

I think I tried something like this when I was younger, actually to help me with taking college entrance exams. The method I used suggested that you place a dot at the start of a line and a dot at the end, and basically scan your eyes from dot to dot. Once you get the feel for it, you can obviously go without the visual reference, and just scan from first word to last word. Same idea as the article, just a slightly different technique. Have not heard of or tried the peripheral vision thing.

It is extremely effective. I saw a dramatic increase in speed without much loss of comprehension, to the point where my score incrseased like 8 points - which, on a test that scores from 0 - 40ish, a jump form 25 to 32 is pretty exceptional.

To practice I sped read my favorite book at the time.

I'll say that the risk is going to fast and missing stuff. I don't do it because, as madness mentioned, I enjoy the process of reading. I imagine I read far slower than the average reader, but this doesn't really bother me much.

I'm also out of practice now so I'd have to practice a bit before I did it, but it does work.
Thanks for sharing Wilshire.
When I have time (hahaha..) I'll try this. As you say, reading is too enjoyable to do it for everything, but if I can speed up my reading for work stuff that's a win because I'll create more time for fun reading :)

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Literature / Re: Tim Ferriss on How to Read 300% Faster in 20 Minutes
« on: April 22, 2018, 06:08:02 pm »
I've never really messed around with learning to speed read, I enjoy being engrossed over being technical but...

Link.
Has anyone here experience with this? It just seems so fantastical. I have a hard time imaging it. Maybe I should just try it..

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General Earwa / Re: History of Earwa from Wert
« on: April 17, 2018, 11:27:36 am »
That's amazing, again, Wert.

I have quibbles but this time around they aren't worth interrogating because I am very much among the minority regarding interpretations of TUC's end.

Thanks for your work.
Interesting you say that Madness, there seem to be some points of contention settled in this summary.

Is this confirmed as accurate by the man himself?!

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Insofar as he confirms anything, yes. I'd say its at least as authoritative as the What Has Come Before sections in the books themselves.
Interesting.. :D

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General Earwa / Re: History of Earwa from Wert
« on: April 15, 2018, 05:51:30 pm »
That's amazing, again, Wert.

I have quibbles but this time around they aren't worth interrogating because I am very much among the minority regarding interpretations of TUC's end.

Thanks for your work.
Interesting you say that Madness, there seem to be some points of contention settled in this summary.

Is this confirmed as accurate by the man himself?!

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General Q&A / Re: [TUC Spoilers] Tsinirū
« on: April 15, 2018, 01:51:44 pm »
I'm glad someone has time to connect these dots, very interesting.
So much is still unknown.

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Sorry, 80 hour workweek threw a wrench in my plan to read this last week.

Prologue I is still the best (prologue) I've ever read.
Prologue II a close second as a character introduction so well done we're still mining it for hidden meaning and revelatory information.

I have no qualms with the Bardic Priest, that is, I don't think he is a consult agent. Not everything can have meaning and two survivors from the plague out of a whole household is a reasonable outcome (in my eyes). I think it's not auspicious to give a slot to the bard/priest. He fullfils two roles, so he's doubly useful.

The dunyain's arrival though. That is the greater mystery I hope to solve. A random (?) monastic order that just happens to find a sorcerously hidden redoubt (that 'even the no-god can't assail' - this intrigues me but I'm not sure what to make of it) asking for help.
I am not a big fan for the Consult having set this up, simply because it doesn't make sense at that point to do so. They're winning, the no-god is on his rampage. Why hedge your bets? If you know of your main antagonist's fallback plan, you take that out the moment you're winning or make your move to tip the scales.

Maybe the point is that it doesn't matter and it really is a coincidence. Chasing down the wrong rabbit hole.

Or maybe, and this is a big maybe, Seswatha made this his backup plan. Why on earth he would send monks though is beyond me. Maybe he thinks knowledge and study is power and this particular cult lend themselves well to being set on this path, and their values and ideas are the kind of ruthlessness the world would need if the no-god wasn't stopped? Like a nothing-to-lose-by-doing-it-anyway kind of plan. You set it in motion and it might pay off or you might never hear from it again.

Akka's chapter indeed feels clunky after those prologues. Almost as if they were written by a different person.  Nothing to add to what has already been discussed.

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Literature / Re: Steven Erikson (The 3.5 million word journey?)
« on: April 06, 2018, 06:49:08 pm »
So...

If I were to be having a recorded conversation with Erikson, what would SA Malazan fans like to hear him speak on ;)?

Erikson's marketer isn't "releasing" this until tomorrow on his official author facebook page but I needed to link it on Malazan Empire regardless so that there was a notes thread: Fireside Conversations with Steven Erikson/Notes.

Thought I'd share with the Bakker/Malazan fans here.
Thanks Madness, added to the queue!

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I just wanted to get some things clarified through Madshire. Since the the series is complete, we will be discussing things that happen in later books and how they relate to earlier ones. So....what's the spoiler policy? Are we gonna have to use spoiler tags to discuss how something in TTT relates to TUC? Just trying to clarify and have rules set in place.

If we're going to have a full-spoiler discussion of the whole series, I think we should add the "[TUC Spoilers]" warning to the title...


To me personally, it wouldn't make sense at this point to use spoiler tags. Is this thread (can't see on mobile), or should it be, in a sub-forum where spoilers are not an issue?

The point is to gain new insight or make new connections (foreshadowing!) by re-reading the story from beginning till end with the benefit of foresight.

...but if we're going to have this sort of discussion instead, then spoiler warnings won't be needed.


Maybe it would be better to have everyone involved in the reread mention what they prefer?
Fair point. Maybe I'm hurtling along a track where the intended approach was different. Would like to know what others think.

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I just wanted to get some things clarified through Madshire. Since the the series is complete, we will be discussing things that happen in later books and how they relate to earlier ones. So....what's the spoiler policy? Are we gonna have to use spoiler tags to discuss how something in TTT relates to TUC? Just trying to clarify and have rules set in place.

ETA: Madshire, maybe move this post to my original thread on the start of ARC.
To me personally, it wouldn't make sense at this point to use spoiler tags. Is this thread (can't see on mobile), or should it be, in a sub-forum where spoilers are not an issue?

The point is to gain new insight or make new connections (foreshadowing!) by re-reading the story from beginning till end with the benefit of foresight.

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This might be a stupid question but, can a house have 2 patri-thingies?

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It's not a stupid question, since it was never explained in detail in the series...
But I would guess not, as all information we have points to a Patridomos of a noble House being the male head of that House, and so there would only be one at any given time. For instance, Sompas from PON was said to be the son of the Biaxi Patridomos at that time (presumably Sankas succeeded Sompas' father). Up until Sankas' death, there should be no reason for someone else to be the Biaxi Patridomos.
I see. Thanks!
Then the short of it seems to be that it's an inconsistency in the author's part.
Otherwise it could be an example of conflicting sources/unreliable historians.
Or something the absent editor should have caught.

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This might be a stupid question but, can a house have 2 patri-thingies?

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Like!

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Thanks for the update Wilshire. Interesting to read!

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Philosophy & Science / Re: The Startling Link Between Sugar and Alzheimer's
« on: February 03, 2018, 11:56:17 am »
Interesting. Certainly something to keep in mind, before you lose your mind.
Lol'd @ this

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I liked bad batch, odd but entertaining and thought-provoking, again in a weird (unintended?) way.
Thanks for sharing, interesting stuff!

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