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The Forum of Interesting Things / Re: Japanese get Bakker.
« on: November 30, 2013, 01:55:26 pm »
If I could distill my final thought on this now it would be that, I basically see Japan as a funhouse mirror of the Western Empire. Bomb dropped. They embraced the culture and corporatism of their conquerors and in doing so became some sort of disturbed parody (if they do still retain a rich historical culture).
Inasmuch as Japan was 'World-slapped', I'd say it occurred in 1853 rather than 1945. Their emulation of the West (rapid industrialisation, modernisation of the military, openness to foreign trade, the idea that real nations build empires...) started long before WW2. Arguably, it was their 'disturbed parody' of Western imperialism that got them nuked in the first place.

I'm not sure one can really tie such big changes in national worldview to a single historical event, though. There were incidents all through the 19th century suggesting that hiding from the world wasn't going to work for much longer.

The White-Luck Warrior / Re: The Ground, the Void and the Outside.
« on: August 03, 2013, 12:50:10 pm »
Was watching a TED talk today, learned that the "topos", in greek, means "place". Not a particularly enlightening experience, but I thought it was interesting :P
Umm... yeah. See Reply #23 in this very thread. ;)

General Misc. / Re: Oratory
« on: July 25, 2013, 06:32:22 pm »
A problem I've found is that, once you really understand how each word you speak (or write or type) can influence your audience, it can become hard to restrain yourself from purposefully manipulating people. And most people are so damn easy to manipulate.

Eventually, you start to feel a bit like Inrilatas: when every word, every gesture or expression, every subtlety of tone and cadence, becomes a potential tool (or even a potential weapon), how can you really be said to mean anything you say? Even if you feel like you're being honest and "speaking from the heart", how can you be sure you're not just manipulating yourself in order to more easily manipulate others? After all, the best liars and conmen are the ones who really, genuinely believe the lies they're telling while they're telling them. There is nothing so convincing as conviction.

The Forum of Interesting Things / xkcd
« on: July 20, 2013, 08:26:48 am » bizarrely Bakkerish today.

The White-Luck Warrior / Re: Seswatha's Elju(s)
« on: July 04, 2013, 07:09:17 am »
a nice empty vessel to be filled up by nonman memories, i mean soul. ... What is the 'heart' and how are memories stored and tranfered.
Ooh. :o

Perhaps there is a second meaning to the Mandate motto "Though you lose your soul, you gain the World"? Perhaps the Grasping actually outright replaces the sorcerer's soul with Seswatha's?

So long as the Mandate (and now the Swayal Sisterhood) exist, Seswatha is remembered. It does seem like there should be some sort of link between the Grasping and the elju...

The White-Luck Warrior / Re: Seswatha's Elju(s)
« on: July 03, 2013, 09:05:27 pm »
I think if the connection was more between souls then Mekeretririgaighagigiggggg, one of the most powerful Nonmen with a very storied history, wouldn't have elevated a sranc of all things to that position.

Yeah. It's a cool theory, but it rather runs aground on the fact that sranc, since they explicitly lack souls, simply could not function as elju if the relationship was a metaphysical 'soul-to-soul' connection.

Interestingly, the character Elju in the Old Testament is a friend of Job, his role in the story being essentially to remind Job that suffering/trauma can serve a purpose in God's plan and isn't necessarily just a punishment for sin.

You've answered your own question, really. It doesn't matter how powerful a sorcerer is if he's distracted and therefore not singing right now. Relative power only matters when two sorcerers are actively duelling, cants against wards (and when that was happening, Nil'giccas clearly had the upper hand). If neither sorcerer has any wards up, it all comes down to reaction times. The impression I get from whenever they're described in the books is that concussion cants are very simple and quick to sing, so the distracted Nil'giccas just didn't have time to do anything about it before he was knocked out of the sky. Akka also got incredibly lucky, in that there was a convenient bit of ruined wall right there for Nil'giccas to hit. If the nonman had landed on something softer, Akka would probably have been toast.

There is also the theory that Nil'giccas let Akka kill him, of course, but I don't personally see a need to invoke that in order to explain what happened.

The Great Ordeal / Re: Excerpt - The Unholy Consult, Chapter One
« on: June 21, 2013, 08:47:59 am » says the 4th of July next year. Several other online bookstores say the 4th of July this year. Still others rather hilariously list a date in July last year. So who the fuck knows?

General Misc. / Re: Aphorismata
« on: June 18, 2013, 10:31:18 am »
those who have managed to put the bulk of their activities into their own cognitive blindspot
So... that'd be absolutely everybody then? ;)

All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusions is called a philosopher.

General Misc. / Re: Aphorismata
« on: June 16, 2013, 10:51:54 am »
Just about every religion has a rule that approximates to "Don't be a dick". How the rule is actually interpreted by the religion's followers, however, is usually something more like "Hey, you see those guys over there? They're being dicks. You should totally go slaughter them all."

General Misc. / Re: Aphorismata
« on: June 14, 2013, 07:07:12 pm »
When I was young and foolish, I thought a piece of writing was finished when I could think of nothing else to add. Now I realise it is finished when I can think of nothing else to remove.

The Great Ordeal / Re: Excerpt - The Unholy Consult, Chapter One
« on: June 13, 2013, 10:00:05 am »
My current thinking is that the Dunyain are Seswatha's descendants (and that Kellhus knows this thanks to that little chat he had with Akka's inner Seswatha) and that Esmenet (and therefore Mimara) is descended from the true Anasurimbor line. In the PoN books, there are references to Esmenet having quite pale skin, despite being Ketyai, which perhaps suggests she has some Norsirai (and maybe Nonman) blood. We know Mimara reminded Cleric of his wife. And both Esmenet and Mimara are supposedly super-smart for non-Dunyain humans (the given reason for Kellhus choosing Esme to bear his children), also suggesting some influence of Nonman blood. In particular, Mimara has the Nonman talent for making great conceptual leaps in her understanding of the metaphysics of the world.

IMO, any male pronoun used in reference to the Anasurimbor who returns at the End is purely an artefact of the rigidly patriarchal culture of Earwa (both in Seswatha's time and in Kellhus'). I.e. everybody in Earwa who knows of the Celmomian Prophecy would naturally assume it'd be a male descendant. Including Celmomas himself and Seswatha.

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